C.K. Green, who guided the Estancia High baseball team for a portion
of the 2002 season, was named head coach of his alma mater a second
time Monday, Assistant Principal Sean Boulton said.
Green, 23, a two-time All-Pacific Coast League infielder who
earned All-Newport-Mesa recognition as an Estancia senior in 2000,
takes over for Jon Green, no relation, who resigned after three
seasons in June.
C.K. Green coached the Eagles through the rest of the 2002 season
following Doug Deats' resignation three games into the campaign.
Boulton said C.K. Green, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade
math at TeWinkle Middle School, was one of eight applicants for the
position. The decision was made easier since Green is a teacher and
has been involved with the program the last five years, Boulton said.
Green didn't coach the last two seasons -- he focused on his
studies instead -- but was the team's booster club president and
C.K. Green left little question where his priorities lie.
"School comes first," said Green, whose father, Tim, also coached
Estancia. "Second is having fun on the field and that players are
there because they want to play baseball. I'm out there to guide them
and make them better players."
Green figures to inherit a team of several returners who helped
the Eagles triple their league victory total of the 2002 and 2003
seasons combined. Of Estancia's 15 players on the roster to begin
last season, nine were juniors or younger, which included four
sophomores and a freshman.
"I didn't see a game last year, but I know most of the parents and
kids," Green, who lives within walking distance of the school in
Costa Mesa, said. "It looks good from what I hear."
Green said he learned a lot during his first stint as head coach,
including off-field obligations.
"I was only 20, so it was a huge shock," Green said. "It was just
me and the kids and then all of a sudden I'm the head coach having to
deal with parents, field maintenance and a lot of paperwork. There
was so much more to it you wouldn't know unless you were the head