In his first move on the job, Nolan Dunkly hired his former boss, Rob Rinaldi, to become the freshman baseball coach at PGHS.
Rinaldi had resigned the varsity post July 6 citing burn-out as the reason for stepping down. He has coached at Pleasant Grove since 2004 when the school opened and prior to that was the head man at Woodland High School.
“It’s going to be difficult to replace a man like Rob,” Dunkly admitted. “Being around him the last seven years I think the players won’t see things a whole lot differently.”
Dunkly also has hired long-time Rinaldi assistant Tom Alston as the junior varsity coach.
|Rob Rinaldi, now PG's Freshman baseball coach|
Dunkly was a pitcher at Elk Grove High School where he also played football and soccer.
“I played football my freshman and sophomore years and then went out for soccer,” Dunkly explained. “Ed Lombardi talked me into coming back and doing the placekicking. (Ryan) Dinwiddie did the points-after my junior year and I did the kick-offs. I did both the placekicking and the kick-offs my senior year.”
He was one of the Herd’s top pitchers in 2000, his senior year and Jeff Carlson’s first season as varsity head coach at Elk Grove.
“I went through teacher credentialing with (Franklin head coach Bryan) Kilby,” Dunkly said. “I played against (Laguna Creek head coach Josh) Lex and we were teammates on some little league teams. So, I think I’ll be familiar with a few people.”
He attended UC-San Diego where he was a pitcher and graduated in 2004 with a history major and a communications minor. The past seven years Dunkly has been a world and U.S. History teacher at Pleasant Grove.
“Being a teacher on campus is a big advantage,” he added.
The Eagles were 21-5 last season and have won 21 or more games for five seasons in a row.
Reed Transfers To Tokay
Talented football wide receiver and basketball player L.J. Reed has reportedly transferred to Tokay High School.
This comes following his dismissal from the Cosumnes Oaks football squad this summer.
Media reports say the 6-4, 210-pound Reed, who has verbally committed to attend UCLA as a wide receiver, enrolled in the Lodi-area school last Wednesday.
However, CIF rules state any player dismissed from a team for disciplinary reasons is not eligible to play for another school in the same sport. Section official Will DeBoard said Monday they have not received any transfer paperwork from Tokay.
At minimum Reed will have to sit out the first 30 days of the basketball season, if he is deemed eligible by Sac-Joaquin Section officials.
Last season Reed averaged almost 12 points and 9 rebounds a game for the Wolfpack, the Division II Section and NorCal runner-ups.