MIKE NAJERA

TRAINER

Michael joined the coaching staff in the winter of 2018 and is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Science at La Sierra University.  Growing up in Walnut, California, he attended West Covina High School and graduated in 2012 after playing baseball for 4 years, making varsity for 3 years, and was a captain for his junior and senior seasons.  After hitting .435 his senior year and receiving Second-team honors he was recruited to play at California State University Northridge by pitching coach Sam Peraza.  In his freshman year Michael served as the Matador’s backup catcher and made 17 appearances.  He started 12 games for Northridge and recorded nine hits, including two doubles and a triple, while also driving in a pair of runs and scoring four of his own. He ended the year with a batting average of .231 overall, while batting .400 in conference play.  The Matador’s ended the season 31-26, the most wins the program had seen since 2002.  Michael’s stay at Northridge was short lived however, as newly appointed Athletic Director Brandon Martin had cleared house to the baseball department.  Michael then bounced back to Mt. San Antonio College, and found himself as the backup catcher there.  After two seasons of being a Mountie, Michael was recruited by La Sierra University, a NAIA university in Riverside, CA.  In his first off-season at La Sierra, an injury to his throwing arm occurred and resulted in Tommy John surgery.  It was after this injury where Michael then turned his focus into coaching.  Being a former catcher at a division 1 school, he knows the amount of work and dedication it takes to compete at a high level. Michael hopes to use his experiences to help motivate and prepare his players for “the grind” that comes with being a student-athlete.  

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