Scolinos and the ‘interim’ label

By Erik Carr

Last week, Jimmy Ramos was named the interim head coach of the
Cal Poly Pomona baseball team. Since 1962, the baseball team has
only had three head coaches: John Scolinos (1962-91), Chuck Belk
(1992-95) and Mike Ashman (1996-2010).

As the interim head coach, Ramos became the third straight head
coach to play under Scolinos. Belk was a Bronco pitcher from
1976-77, Ashman was a utility player from 1980-81 and Ramos was a
center fielder from 1970-71.

Ramos was an assistant coach for the Broncos from 1972-76,
1981-95 and 2004-10. Ramos’ hiring as the interim head coach is
unique because, not only did he play under Scolinos, but he also
coached alongside Scolinos while Belk and Ashman played.

Now, as far as the “interim” title goes, this is something the
head coach of the Broncos has had to deal with before, and it’s a
title that people have not taken to kindly.

Back in 1991, Belk was named the Broncos interim head coach
after Scolinos retired. Despite the implication that the word
“interim” brings, Belk was named head coach before the 1992 season
began and coached for four seasons, earning overall and CCAA
records of 113-111-1 and 64-57, respectively.

In comparison, Ramos said that he is going to be the head coach
for the fall quarter. Beyond that, however, the future of the head
coaching position remains uncertain.

Around here, interim does not always mean interim.

If it was up to me, I would make Ramos the permanent head coach
because he has been a Bronco coach for nearly 30 years, the players
know and appreciate him and he has built a good rapport with the
returning players.

With that rapport, the returning players feel more comfortable
and are able to build upon their already-strong team dynamic.

A new coach could potentially disrupt the team chemistry,
leading to negative results.

Injuries were the problem with last year’s team, not
coaching.

In addition, Ramos was the head coach of Esperanza High School
in Anaheim from 1978-80.

To borrow from a 1992 Los Angeles Times Letter to the Editor
about Belk, “Take Interim From Ramos’ Title.”

Women of Winter

Erik Carr, Sports Editor / The Poly Post

Women of Winter

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