By Thea O’Dell
“Baseball parallels everyday living. You’re building camaraderie, chemistry and community- not just talent.”
This statement was made by the legendary man behind Cal Poly Pomona’s baseball program’s success, former head coach John Scolinos. The tradition and quality of this sport at CPP can be greatly attributed to the hiring of Scolinos in 1961.
In his 30 years of dedication to this program he was able to build it into something that was based on teamwork, leadership and passion for the sport all while making a significant impact on hundreds of lives.
He led the team to three national championships in 1976, 1980 and 1983, was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1974 and was chosen to be CPP’s Professor of the Year by students, faculty and staff in 1976.
The combination of the overwhelming love and honor for Scolinos and his passion for the program has created the vision of an upgraded stadium.
“A stadium named after Scolinos is a great way to honor a man that gave his heart and soul into Cal Poly Pomona and the baseball program,” said senior infielder Andrew Stein.
Another main reason for the upgrade is the fact that the on-campus field used for both practices and games year after year has not had any major improvements since 1970.
Once the stadium is taken from its blueprints to the final product, it will encompass Scolinos’ motto that “the baseball diamond is as vital a learning space as any classroom or lecture hall.”
Additionally, it will provide the Broncos with a state-of-the-art and fan-friendly home to enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes.
“By renovating the baseball facility it would greatly assist in recruiting student athletes, especially area athletes, to commit to the athletic program,” said assistant coach James Ramos. “By not renovating the existing facility” the university would stand to fall behind competitively and possible future revenue. As academic programs are the most important factor for most recruits, definitely one of the most important things in their eyes, is its athletic facilities.”
Currently, Scolinos Field is lacking a few vital amenities that could potentially aid in the careers of the student-athletes and the recruiting process. The Scolinos Stadium would include new features such as lighting, stadium-style seating instead of the current deteriorating bleachers, a clubhouse with home and visiting lockers, offices, restrooms, a permanent concession area and a designated press box above the grandstands equipped to stream, video and upload games in real time.
The CPP athletic department is committed to making these essential additions and aspects become a reality. They are determined to continue their campaign as a way to not only honor a legend, but to enhance student-athletes’ lives as well. Anyone can make a donation or gift pledge as a way to contribute to this future success and can find any additional information on the Broncoathletics website.
“Through the university’s campaign, we identified the Scolinos Stadium project as an important endeavor,” said Brian Swanson, director of athletics for CPP. “With our baseball team in playoff contention this season, a better facility equipped with lights would have increased the team’s chances of hosting the regional tournament. We’re excited that the fundraising for the project is moving along and we’re certainly grateful for the support from alumni and the campus community.”
Hayden Yi/The Poly Post
CPP to improve field through Scolinos campaign
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