Monday, May 24, 2010

Cal's Hartman Class A Coach of the Year

California High School baseball coach Don Hartman is the WPIAL Class A Coach of the Year based on the Trojans' regular season and voted on by WPIAL head baseball coaches.

Hartman is one of the area's more decorated coaches in any sport. His teams at California have won WPIAL Class A titles in 2001 and 2006. The Trojans were runners-up in 2007 and have made it as far as the PIAA semifinals. California has won seven section titles in Hartman's 13 years, including one this year.

California is 20-2 overall and the No. 3 seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs. The Trojans play second-seeded Neshannock (16-4) Tuesday at the Burkett Sports Complex in Robinson Township at 5 p.m.

California can still qualify for the PIAA postseason with a loss if it wins a third-place consolation game.

The WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association named players, pitchers and coaches of the year in each classification Monday.

Players of the Year
AAAA – Matt Berezo, Pine-Richland
AAA – Colin Loughner, Blackhawk
AA – J.R. DeWeese, Center
A – Brandon Schultz, Monaca

Pitchers of the Year
AAAA – Ryan Oglesby, North Allegheny
AAA – Scott Dierdorf, Hopewell
AA – Dillon Haviland, South Fayette
A – Alain Girman, Serra Catholic

Coaches of the Year
AAAA – Dan Caponi, Baldwin
AAA – Joe Colella, Hopewell
AA – Chris Graczyk, Freeport
A – Don Hartman, California


Anonymous said...

Never was sure of Hartman's coaching or abilities. But the last ten years i have watched him take kids that where under achievers and make them blossom. Its really nice to see that we have the top Class A coach in this area along with Bentworth and Carmichaels. These programs are ones that other schools should take tips from.congrats...

Anonymous said...

I sure wish our coach would take notes from Hartman. We had a boatload of talent on our team this year only to underachieve again. Why is it that good baseball coaches are hard to find?