Peraza Resigns Oxnard Position

Times Staff Writer

George Peraza has resigned only two weeks after completing his first season as baseball coach at Oxnard College.

The Condors finished the season 16-15 overall, 11-9 in the Western State Conference, which was good for a third-place tie with Moorpark College and a berth in the conference's Shaughnessy tournament.

Peraza, a Spanish teacher at Thousand Oaks High, said his decision stemmed from the difficulty of performing what was, in effect, two full-time jobs.

"It was too hectic," said Peraza, who was paid a stipend for coaching the Condors on a walk-on basis. "Being a head coach is an enormous amount of work, and not all of it is coaching baseball. It's a lot of paper work."

Peraza said his best years at Oxnard were the nine he spent as an assistant to Jerry White, who resigned a year ago citing health reasons.

"That was nice," he said. "All I did then was come to the field and coach."

Peraza said he would like to remain in coaching, but does not have any immediate plans.

"If any full-time jobs open you'll see me there going for it," he said. "But for now I'm going to take care of the job that pays most of my bills."

The opening for a baseball coach at Oxnard is the second among the three schools in the Ventura Community College District.

Ron Stillwell resigned last month as coach at Moorpark after five seasons for similar reasons. Stillwell, who is also a teacher at Thousand Oaks High, said that serving as a walk-on coach at the community college level had too many drawbacks.

White said Tuesday that he has no interest in either the Moorpark or the Oxnard opening.

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