The Yosemite High School Criminal Justice instructor, Dave Maynez, has been named the new girls varsity softball coach for the Badgers.
“We are really excited about having Dave as our new softball coach,” said Athletic Director Rusty Oetinger. “He brings a lot of coaching experience to our teams. We look forward to him building the Yosemite Softball Program.”
Maynez, who is also the director of campus safety, has coached for 17 years, five years coaching baseball which included coaching at his alma mater Reedley High.
He has 12 years experience coaching girls softball at the recreation and high travel ball levels.
Maynez is a past president, head coach, assistant coach, manager, and college recruit coordinator with the Central California Krush Softball Organization over several years.
“I have had the opportunity to coach about 45 young ladies who went on to play college softball at all levels including NCAA Division I, II, and III, NAIA and junior college,” Maynez said.
One of those players was his daughter Jennifer, who played four years at Maryville University in St. Louis Missouri.
In 2014, Maynez served as the varsity softball coach at Minarets High School. The team made it to the playoffs, just missing the chance to play for the CIF Central Section Valley Championship.
That team was lead by senior Kylinn Gunderson, who was the first Minarets softball player who went on to play college softball at Corban University in Oregon.
Maynez says his priorities are to improve the play of the Badgers, upgrade the equipment and softball fields, and to support both the Yosemite High School Softball Boosters, and the youth girls softball league.
“My approach to coaching is that my number one priority is not wins and losses, but how I can make a positive impact in my player’s lives,” Maynez said. “I love this game and I want to teach it to student-athletes who are hard working, have a team concept, and have heart. I expect my players to first work hard in the classroom which translates onto the field.”
Assisting Maynez will be 2014 Yosemite graduate Mariah Lincoln, 2001 YHS graduate Bevin Sturnberg (Balaguy), Joseph Whitcomb, and pitching coach Rhiannon Dewey, a 2001 Badger alum.
The team finished the season last year with an overall 5-20 record, 0-10 in the North Sequoia League under coach Suzette Combs, who was not rehired for the position this year.
Maynez and his wife Katie, both graduates of Reedley High, have been married 28 years and reside in Clovis, where they raised their three daughters Victoria, 27, Jennifer, 23, and Mariah, 22.
This year’s JV coach is Matt Haynes, who will be assisted by Joline Vanbalinghem, and Brent Cunnings.
The team opens the season March 2, 3:30 p.m. at Mariposa, and will play at Roosevelt High 3:30 p.m. March 4. The first home game is at 4 p.m. March 8, against Fresno High. The team will then participate in the Jackson Tournament March 11 and 12.