Legendary Cathedral Coach Dick Serrano to retire
After nearly 50 years at Uni/Cathedral Catholic High School baseball coach Dick Serrano will retire June 1. The following statement was released from Cathedral Catholic High School:
“It’s difficult to imagine Cathedral Catholic High School without legendary baseball coach Dick Serrano cheering on his favorite team and proudly donning his red CCHS cap. He ‘bleeds’ Cathedral Red and Gold.
“Coach Dick Serrano has influenced the lives of thousands of students and student athletes during his 48 years as a dedicated teacher and coach for the Uni/Cathedral Dons. As Varsity baseball coach at the University of San Diego High School, he held the title of ‘Winningest Coach in San Diego’ for over five years. His 69 percent winning record includes 549 wins and four CIF championships. He is known for sending many Dons baseball players to notable universities and the major leagues. Coach Serrano will forever be remembered for his commitment to students and the community, his endless dedication to the sport of baseball, and his ability to produce champions for over four decades.
‘“I devoted my entire career here,” says Coach. “I devoted my time as a baseball coach to build a program to turn over to Gary Remiker 14 years ago...and he’s done an excellent job.”
“Some notable players of Coach Serrano’s include Barry Zito (San Francisco Giants, Oakland A’s), Mark Prior, (Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers), and Carlos Quentin (San Diego Padres).
“Carlos Quentin from the San Diego Padres says, ‘For myself, Coach Serrano was instrumental in allowing me to play multiple sports here. A lot of players, then and now, have specialized skills, and he was able to communicate with all of the coaching staff to allow me to play basketball and football, two sports I loved doing as well. This helped me become a better athlete, and ultimately, a better baseball player as I continued through the ranks.’
“After a total of 48 years at USDHS and CCHS, it won’t be easy for Coach Serrano to say goodbye. His loyalty and dedication to the staff, students and athletes is what the Serrano legacy is built on. In between the time he’ll be spending with his beautiful wife, Loleta, of 52 years, his children and grandkids, we’ll be lucky to have Coach in the stands cheering on the Dons.
“Coach Serrano speaks fondly about the coaching staff at CCHS, ‘The entire coaching staff here at CCHS is second to none. They all do a fantastic job and are dedicated to the faculty and students.’
“His advice to players today? ‘It is important to say, “God, Family, Education, and then Baseball.’”