Rob Rinaldi has resigned as the baseball coach in the latest departure at Pleasant Grove High School.
Rinaldi, who started the baseball program when the school opened nine years ago and annually fielded some of the top teams in Northern California, cited fatigue and a desire to spend more time with his family, a growing trend among high school coaches.
“I’m done, burned out, tired,” Rinaldi said as he prepared for a Hawaiian vacation with his wife, Karen, and son, Ty. “It’s been a few years coming. I was hoping I’d get that fire to come back. I love practices, the games, summer ball, the kids. But running the entire program can grind you down, and that’s why coaches step down.
“For me, I’m not good with balance. I tend to dive in and go full bore, and for us coaches, it’s a 24/7, 365-day-a-year grind.”
Others at Pleasant Grove who have resigned in recent months include football coach Joe Cattolico, who was replaced by Jason Rossow; athletic director Jeff Caton, replaced by Bruce Belden; and boys basketball coach John DePonte, replaced by Dwayne Smith.
“Everyone stepped aside for different reasons, but the new AD, Bruce Belden, is outstanding, and it’s not easy filling the big shoes of Jeff Caton,” Rinaldi said. “There are good people in place at Pleasant Grove and good kids. Pleasant Grove will continue doing big things.”• Ryan Gomes, the only varsity head football coach in Cosumnes Oaks history, said he was relieved of his duties late Monday afternoon, two days before his 37th birthday.
Gomes, who fielded playoff teams and produced scores of scholarship players, said his dismissal by principal Patrick McDougall left him “shocked, hurt, devastated” and that he was moved by the support of players and coaches. He said he was not given a specific reason for the change.
Neither McDougall nor Cosumnes Oaks athletic director Bill Kapp responded to inquiries to comment.
Raley Field to host Liga MX friendly
Club Leon and Club America, both of Liga MX, will play a friendly Wednesday at Raley Field at 8 p.m.
Club Leon is the defending champion of Mexico’s top-tier professional soccer league. Club America has won 11 championships, the most in Liga MX.
Tickets, starting at $27.50, are available at the Raley Field box office and through ticketmaster.com.
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Trask, Webb, Hill make all-state baseball team
Pitcher Matt Trask, The Bee’s Baseball Player of the Year from Davis High School, was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports’ All-State Baseball first team with All-Metro players Logan Webb, a Rocklin pitcher, and Derek Hill, an Elk Grove outfielder.
UCLA-bound Trask, who went 6-1 with a 1.46 ERA and batted .352 for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I champion, also was a finalist for Cal-Hi’s Mr. Baseball State Player of the Year. Webb had an 0.49 ERA and was taken by the Giants in the fourth round of June’s amateur draft. Hill, a first-round pick by Detroit, hit .500 with 11 doubles and stole 29 bases.
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Hibino, Sanders win in Gold River tennis
Eighth-seeded Nao Hibino of Japan beat Emina Bektas of the United States 6-2, 6-3 as main-draw singles play began in the $50,000 FSP Gold River USTA Women’s Challenger at Gold River Racquet Club.
Australia's Storm Sanders outlasted American Denise Muresan 7-6 (9), 6-7 (1), 6-1.
Play resumes today at 10 a.m. The evening session begins at 6:30 p.m.
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