|Organization:||Cypress College (CA)|
One of the most respected community college coaches in the nation, Scott Pickler completed his 35th season as head coach at Cypress College in 2018. Pickler has won more than 1,000 games and coached more than 100 players who have gone on to play in professional baseball. He has won five state championships as the head coach at Cypress in addition to claiming six Cape Cod League championships as coach of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.
Since taking over at Cypress in 1985, Pickler has amassed a career record of 1,035-523 (.664) and led the Chargers to state championships in 1991, 1994, 1997, 2003 and most recently in 2013. In addition, four of his teams have captured runner-up finishes and 11 others have made semifinal appearances.
Pickler has been selected as the California Community Colleges Coach of the Year four times and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) in 2016.
More than 340 of Pickler’s student-athletes have received scholarships at four-year schools and more than 126 players have been selected in the Major League Draft. Twenty of Pickler's former Chargers have played in the big leagues, including 2018 MLB Hall of Fame inductee Trevor Hoffman as well as 2017 MLB All-Star Jason Vargas, who is currently with the New York Mets. Hoffman played shortstop at Cypress and the University of Arizona before transitioning to the mound while in the minor leagues.
Pickler has also spent 21 seasons as a coach in the Cape Cod Summer League, where 96 of his former players have gone on to play in Major League Baseball. He led the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to league championships in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Pickler also served as a coach for the 1995 USA Baseball National Trials.
Prior to Cypress, Pickler coached for six seasons at Savanna and Loara High Schools in California. He posted a combined record of 123-36 (.774) and won the CIF championship with his 1983 Loara squad.
Pickler is a 1968 graduate of Savanna High School where he won a CIF championship under head coach Jim Reach and was named Savanna’s Athlete of the Year. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame alongside his brother, Brad, in 2016.
He attended Cypress College, where he earned All-Conference recognition in baseball. He went on to earn a degree in physical education from San Diego State University, where he played as a second baseman.