John Mazzei – College of the Siskiyous


John Mazzei spent 34 years at College of the Siskiyous. He serves as the head baseball coach from 1959 to 1973. He also served s athletic director from 1959 to 1993.

In the early years, John was the only person in the COS Physical Education Department. He taught English, Life Science, Health & physical Education. COS had no facilities for physical education so everything had to be done off campus including the baseball & basketball teams. After a few years John helped to design and even helped build the athletic facilities on campus.

He was also instrumental in the drive to create both Division I and Division II at the California Community College level of sports, which created equity for smaller colleges.

In the words of Dennis DeRoss, a former player who later was the head baseball coach for the Eagles, Mazzei was the “John Wooden of small community colleges” in that what his teams lacked in talent they made up for in preparation. Coach Mazzei’s teams were always well coached, fundamentally sound and played the game the right way.

John is a member of the CCCAA Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, College of the Siskiyous Hall of Fame & Sacramento State University Baseball Hall of Fame.


John is married to been married to Shirley for nearly 60 years, who have a daughter Lori & two sons John & Robert.

The CCCBCA is proud to welcome John Mazzei to their Hall of Fame family