Sunday, July 06, 2014

Rinaldi Resigns as Baseball Coach at PG

Pleasant Grove High School baseball coach Rob Rinaldi has resigned.

He texted Elk Grove Citizen sports editor Jon Gudel Sunday afternoon with the announcement.

Earlier today Rinaldi told Gudel that he was burned out and needed a break. Like so many other high school sports, baseball has become a year-round affair and the task of running a program like this can be taxing.

He did tell Gudel that depending on who would be the next varsity head coach he might consider coaching the junior varsity or the freshman program at Pleasant Grove. Rinaldi said that he just no longer wanted to be in charge of the entire baseball program.

The past two seasons the Eagles had the best overall record of all EGUSD baseball squads but have been eliminated in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division I playoffs by Franklin.

Rinaldi came to the school nine years ago when it opened. Every season he had the team in the post-season but could never grab a Section title despite several very talented teams.

He was the head baseball coach at Woodland High School prior to coming to Pleasant Grove.

With Rinaldi's sudden resignation that means Pleasant Grove has replaced its athletic director, football coach, boys' basketball coach and now will have to replace its baseball coach all in just the past few months.

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