2018 Victory Coach of the Year
CHRIS STEVENS – Allan Hancock College
Now in his 17th year as the Head Coach of Allan Hancock College’s baseball program, he ranks No. 2 in program history in career wins, behind California Community College Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) Hall of Fame inductee John Osborne.
A former Allan Hancock College baseball player, Stevens played under John Osborne for the Bulldogs in 1985 and 1986. He earned All-Western State Conference honors and was rewarded with a baseball scholarship to Azusa Pacific University. Over his two-year career at APU, Stevens earned All-Conference and All-NAIA West Region honors.
Chris was head coach at Western Christian High School in Covina, prior to moving onto Oxnard College from 1992 – 1995. The Condors won 23 games in 1995, only the third time they had enjoyed a twenty win season. From their Chris went to Righetti High School where he was athletic director and head baseball coach with a record of 95 – 41 and was recognized twice as Coach of the Year.
Perhaps his greatest coaching achievement has been placing sophomores at the next level. In the last seven years 96% of the sophomores have graduated and/or been placed at a four year institution. Every sophomore from the 2011 and 2014 teams received an athletic scholarship.
In addition to his school-based coaching duties, Stevens spent six summers (1989-94) with former Dodger coach Mark Cresse as an instructor at the Mark Cresse School of Baseball. Since 1997 Stevens has served as head coach for National Baseball Congress semi-pro teams, including the Santa Maria Stars and Santa Maria Indians.
Chris has also served the Western State Conference North Division representative to the CCCBCA’s Executive Committee since the 2003 season. As such he has been instrumental in developing the current play-off format, seeding criteria, selecting Rawlings as the official ball and many other legislative accomplishments. His service has always been to better California Community College baseball
Chris received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1988 and his master’s degree in education in 1990 from Azusa Pacific University. He also holds an administrative services credential from Chapman University. He and wife, Laura, have three children, Kayla, Sarah and Ryan.