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Buck Taylor

Head Coach

Begins 14th year at Palomar (9th as head coach) in 2014

A.A., MiraCosta College, 1992; B.S.,San Francisco State University, 1995, M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2001

Buck Taylor enters his 14th season on the Palomar baseball staff and his ninth season as head coach in 2014. His PC teams have compiled a 217-128 record in his eight seasons as head coach and have won five Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships, including the last three in a row.

The Comets went 29-14 last season, brought home Taylor's fifth championship and the college's 15th conference title with a 21-4 mark and advanced to within one win of the State Final Four. They were finally being eliminated by eventual state runner-up Fullerton 7-6 in the finals of the Fullerton Super Regional.

Taylor was named the American Baseball Coaches Association / California Community College Athletic Association state baseball Coach of the Year for 2008. He's also been honored as Pacific Coast Conference baseball Coach of the Year in 2006, 2009 and 2011, 2012 an 213 and was selected as PCC Coach of the Year for all men's sports for the 2008-09 academic year.

He became the first coach in the history of the Pacific Coast Conference to be named Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in his initial season, in 2006. Taylor recorded his 100th victory on March 14 of 2009 when the Comets defeated Mt. San Antonio 5-3 at Mt. SAC. He picked up No. 200 last April 4 with a 10-7 conference victory over San Diego Mesa at Myers Field.

He has one of the best records in the nation on the community college level for sending players on to the four-year college level and professional baseball, led by San Diego Padres reliever Nick Vincent, who takes an 8-3 win-loss record with 1 save into his third Major League season in 2014. Vincent appeared in 72 Major League games during his first two seasons, allowing 52 hits in 72 2/3 innings, striking out 77 and walking 18.

Taylor formerly was associate head coach on Hall of Fame coach Bob Vetter's Palomar staff. During that time period, the Comets captured three PCAC titles and, in 2005, won the conference title, the Southern California Super Regionals and advanced to the California Community College Final Four in Fresno, finishing as runners-up in the state to Santa Rosa.

Taylor originally joined the Palomar staff as catching coach and also has served as pitching coach, was elevated to associate head coach and ran the offense on Vetter's staff.

Prior to coming to Palomar, Taylor was an assistant coach and later co-head coach at his alma mater, San Francisco State University, from 1995-2000.

Taylor played and managed professionally in Vienna, Austria, for the Vienna Lions, guiding the Lions to a championship in 1996. He also was an assistant coach for the Austrian National Team. He played two seasons at San Francisco State as a catcher and middle infielder. Prior to that, he played on the community college level at Rancho Santiago (now Santa Ana College) and for the late John Seeley at MiraCosta College. He prepped at Carlsbad High School, helping the Lancers to a CIF-San Diego Section championship in 1989.

Taylor currently is a member of Palomar's full-time faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Recreation.

Taylor received his M.A. degree in physical education and sports administration from Azusa Pacific University, his B.S. degree in kinesiology from San Francisco State ind his A. A. degree from MiraCosta College.

Taylor and his wife, Natascha, have two daughters, Finley and Avery, and reside in Temecula. Taylor enjoys surfing and playing golf.

e-mail: ctaylor2@palomar.edu


Ben Adams

Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator

10th year at Palomar in 2014

A.A., Big Bend (Wash.) Community College, 1996; B.S., Eastern Oregon University, 1999; M.A., Western Michigan University, 2001

Ben Adams will be entering his 10th season as an assistant coach for Palomar baseball. He serves as Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator and works with the Comets' infielders and hitters, running the team along with head coach Buck Taylor in games and practices.

Adams has a been a member of the Palomar baseball staff since 2005, when he coached under Hall of Fame head coach Bob Vetter in Vetter's final season. Palomar advanced to the state community college championship game that season, losing to Santa Rosa in the finals.

Prior to Palomar, Adams was Assistant Head Coach at then-NCAA Division I Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, from 2001-2004. Adams also coached in the Division III ranks at Kalamazoo College (1999-2000). Adams has worked numerous baseball camps at Stanford University, the University of Kansas, and Western Michigan University.

Adams began his collegiate playing career at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Washington from 1994-1996. He received an AA degree from Big Bend in 1996. Adams then moved on to Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Oregon where he played from 1997-1999.

He earned a B.S. degree in health / physical education from Eastern Oregon in 1999 and received an M.A. degree in physical education from Western Michigan University in 2001.

Adams also serves as an adjunct kinesiology instructor at Palomar and as an acaemic.avisor.

He and his wife Mary live in Oceanside with their infant son.


Jared Suwyn

Pitching Coach

2nd year at Palomar in 2014

 

B.A. San Diego State University, 2009

Jared Suwyn enters his second season as Palomar's pitching coach in 2014. During his first season a year ago, his pitching staff compiled earned run averages of 2.71 on the season as Palomar fell one win short of the CCCAA State Community College Final Four, and 1.94 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as the Comets won the conference championship. His top pitcher a year ago was freshman right-hander and first-team All-American and All-California selection Zach Wilkins, who was 3-0 with a Palomar record 12 saves and an ERA of 0.79. Wilkins returns for the 2014 season.

Suwyn made his coaching debut in 2009 as pitching coach at San Diego's Kearny High School for a team that captured the school's first league championship in 28 years. Swynn spent one season as  head coach at Kearny, then moved down Interstate 15 to become head coach at Mira Mesa High School. He coached the Marauers to a 25-5 overall record and the Eastern League championship with an 11-1 mark in league play in one season there, 2012. His ace pitcher, Jake Newberry, won Eastern League Player of  the Year honors, was drafted in the 37th round by the Kansas City Royals in June 2012 and has compiled an ERA of 2.61 over 63 innings in his first two seasons in the Royals' farm system.

Suwyn also has served as a pitching coach and evaluator at the San Diego State and Stanford University summer camps.

He spent three seasons pitching for head coach Tony Gwynn at San Diego State, then finished his college career at Cal State San Marcos, where he was the Cougars' Most Valuable Pitcher under head coach Dennis Pugh, who also had been Suwyn's prep coach at Mission Bay High School. Suwyn was a three-time all-league player selection at Mission Bay and was named to the All-CIF San Diego Section team in  2003, when he recored a 13-0 record on the mound during his senior season.

Suwyn earned his Bachelor's degree in accounting from San Diego State in 2009. He and his wife live in San Diego.


Casey Edelbrock

Bullpen Coach

1st year (on Coaching Staff) at Palomar in 2014

 

Palomar College, Chico State University, Lewis-Clark State University

Former Comet Casey Edelbrock returns, this time as a coach, to Palomar where he was a Community College All-American pitcher and first-team all-state selection in his sophomore season of 2009. The Poway High School product compiled a 2.29 earned run average as a Palomar sophomore and is second on the Comets' all-time single-season saves list (10 in his sophomore season). He also ranks second on the Comets' career saves list. Edelbrock helped lead the 2009 Comets to the Pacific Coast Conference title and a berth in the Santa Ana Super Regional championship game where they lost to the host Santa Ana College team which advanced to the state Final Four by beating the Comets. That 2009 Palomar team was ranked as high as No. 6 in the nation and finished the season ranked No. 11 in the nation. Edelbrock also pitched  for Palomar's 2009 conference championship squad prior to red-shirting during the 2010 season. Edelbrok went on to pitch his junior season at Chico State University before transferring to Lewis-Clark State, helping the Warriors to the 55th 2011 NAIA World Series at Lewiston, ID. His 2.41 ERA that season was 26th best in the nation in the NAIA. Edelbrock played minor league baseball in the Kansas City Royals organization and also pitched for the River City Rascals in the Independent Frontier League.


Josh Larrinaga

Outfield Coach

1st year at Palomar in 2014

Josh Larrinaga came out of Bethel Christian High School in Riverside to spend two seasons as a starting middle infielder on the community college level at Victor Valley College. He transferred to Southern Colorao University, from which he received his Associate's degree in Kinesiology. Larrinaga pitched in Canada, Florida and overseas before entering coaching. A co-founder of Black Ops Human Performance in 2008, Larrinaga has trained more than two dozen athletes who have gone on to play college and pro baseball.


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