Begins 12th year at Palomar (7th as head coach) in 2012
College, 1992; B.S.,San Francisco State University,
1995, M.A., Azusa Pacific University, 2001
Buck Taylor will be entering his 12th season on the
Palomar baseball staff and his seventh season as head coach
in 2012. During the 2011 season,
Taylor guided the Comets to another Pacific Coast
Conference championship, with Palomar winning the title
by a three-game margin over runner-up San Diego Mesa.
The Comets had a 28-13 win-loss record and made
their fifth trip to the Southern California community
college regionals in his tenure as head coach.
Palomar won a best-of-three
series from East Los Angeles in the first round of the
regionals before being eliminated in the Super
Taylor's Comets have won three
conference titles in his six seasons as head coach. He
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 and was selected as PCC
Coach of the Year for all men's sports for the
2008-09 academic year.
Taylor has a
six-year record of 170-96 as Palomar's head coach, an
average of 28.3 wins per season. 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,
2006, and he recorded his 100th victory on March 14 of
the Comets defeated Mt. San Antonio 5-3 at Mt. SAC.
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.
Taylor formerly was
associate head coach on Bob Vetter's staff. During that
time period, the Comets captured three PCC 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.
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
coming to Palomar, Taylor was an assistant coach and
later co-head coach at his alma mater, San Francisco
State University, from 1995-2000.
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
currently is an associate scout for the Baltimore
Orioles and member of Palomar's full-time faculty as an
Associate Professor in the Department of
Kinesiology, Health and Recteation.
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.
his wife, Natascha, have two daughters, Finley and
Avery, and reside in Temecula. Taylor enjoys surfing
and playing golf.
Associate Head Coach, Recruiting Coordinator
8th year at Palomar in 2012
A.A., Big Bend (Wash.)
Community College, 1996; B.S., Eastern Oregon
University, 1999; M.A., Western Michigan University,
Adams will be entering his eighth 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.
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.
to Palomar, Adams was Assistant Head Coach at 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.
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.
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.
also serves as an adjunct physical education instructor
Assistant Coach / Bullpen Coach
3rd year on Palomar coaching
staff in 2012
who came out of Palomar to play catcher in the Major Leagues
with the Houston Astros, Oakland A's and Cincinnati Reds,
joined coach Buck Taylor's Palomar coaching staff on Sept.
broke into MLB on Sept. 21, 1987 with the Astros and played
his final Major League game for the Reds on July 10, 1992.
An outstanding defensive catcher, he made only one error in
192 chances in limited action in the Major Leagues and had a
.992 career fielding percentage.
one of four brothers who played baseball for the Comets and
then went on to play either NCAA Division I baseball,
professional baseball or both. Older
brother Steve Afenir, an outfielder for the Comets and now
head coach at Escondido High School, was Troy Afenir's
teammate on Palomar's 1982 team and went on to play for the
University of Wyoming. Younger brother Ricky Afenir played third base for the Comets and
for BYU. Younger
brother Tom Afenir caught for both Palomar and for the
University of Mississippi and later played in the Cleveland
Indians farm system.
Afenir was the second player taken in the nation in the old
Winter draft (by the Chicago Cubs) in January, 1982, prior to his
freshman season at Palomar. He later was drafted by the
Cubs again and then by the Houston Astros, in
the first round of the June 1983 supplemental draft following his
sophomore season. He turned down a scholarship from Oral
Roberts, his No. 1 four-year college choice, to sign a
was a California Community College all-state selection and a
community college All-American under
Hall of Fame coach Bob Vetter for the Comets as a sophomore in 1983. He
still ranks fourth in home runs on Palomar's all-time
single-season list (13 in 1983), is tied for first on the
Palomar list for home runs in conference games (10, also in
1983) and is fifth on Palomar's career home run list (16, in
an injury-shortened freshman season in 1982, and his
sophomore season of 1983).
married to the former Kim Carter, who played softball at
Palomar under coach Mark Eldridge. Their daughter, Ashtynn,
is a graduate of San Pasqual High School and graduated from
San Diego State University with a Bachelor's degree in Art. The couple's son, Audie,
a catcher / first baseman, will return for his second season
with the Comets in 2012. He was an All-Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference first-team selection as Palomar's
starting first baseman in 2011, when he had a 1.000 fielding
percentage. Palomar's starting
Afenir is the uncle of Ty Afenir (Ricky Afenir's son),
Palomar's starting shortstop in 2010 and currently the
starting shortstop for the University of Washington. Another
of Afenir's nephews, Buck
Afenir (son of older brother Steve) was the starting catcher
for the University of Kansas and played in the New
York Yankees farm system.
Outfield Coach; First-Base Coach
6th year at Palomar in 2012
College of the
Sequoias; B.S., Fresno State University, 1972; M.A.,
University of LaVerne
iwill be in his sixth season on the Palomar staff in
2012 after 32 years at
Martin Luther King High School in Riverside and
Riverside Poly High School. winning 426 games as a head
coach and 10 league championships. Under Graves, the M.L.
King Wolves and Riverside Poly Bears made 20
CIF-Southern Section playoff appearances. Graves' 1998
Poly team was Southern Section runner-up. At Poly,
Graves coached Greg Myers, a third-round draft pick of
the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984 who went on to play 19
years in the Major Leagues with the Blue Jays,
California Angels, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, San
Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles and Oakland A's.
San Diego native who began his high school baseball
career at Lincoln High School and later played for Morse
High School, played baseball on the community college
level at College of the Sequoias, served a stint in the
U.S. Air Force and earned an A.A. degree from COS, a
B.A.degree from Fresno State and an M.A. degree from the
University of La Verne. He's been as associate scout for
the Kansas City Royals since 1993 and, prior to that,
was an associate scout for the San Francisco Giants.
his wife Barbara live in Oceanside. Son Ryan Graves
played Division I college baseball for Loyola Marymount
University and Oklahoma State and currently is the
pitching coach at the University of Kansas.
3rd year in second stint at
Palomar in 2012
Sean Reese, a first-team
All-American pitcher for Arizona State University in
1990, began his second stint as the Comets'
pitching coach in 2010. He replaced Tyler Kincaid, who
stepped down as the Palomar pitching coach after the
2009 season to accept a position as the pitching coach
at the University of San Diego.
The left-handed Mission Bay
High School product pitched for the Sundevils during the
1989, 1990 and 1991 seasons and was selected as Pac-10
Player of the Week six times, setting an ASU school
record. In his most memorable performance for the Sun
Devils, he struck out 17 batters against Cal on March 9,
Reese was selected by the
Seattle Mariners in the fifth round of the 1991 draft,
the 137th player taken. He pitched three seasons of
minor league baseball, compiling a 3.18 earned run
average for the San Bernardino Spirit of the Class A California
League in 1991 and winning 10 games for Peninsula of the
Class A Carolina League in 1992.
While at ASU, Rees pitched
for the Alaska Goldpanners in the Alaska Summer League.