Head Coach Weber steps down, Royster named new coach

Chatsworth, Calif- Jerry Royster, who served as assistant coach for the Sierra Canyon baseball team for the past two seasons, has been named Head Baseball Coach, Director of Athletics Rock Pillsbury announced Tuesday.

“In the time that Jerry has been here, he has really made an impact on the program,” Pillsbury said. “By having someone come in here with managerial experience at the Major League level and who already has a working knowledge of our kids, quite simply was something Sierra Canyon could not pass up.”

“I look at coming into any managerial position as a challenge,” Royster said. “I know the kids very well and I look forward to carrying on the winning tradition that Coach Weber engrained within our program.”

Royster replaces Rick Weber who was head coach of the Trailblazers for the past seven seasons and posted an overall record of 165-43 while winning two Gold Coast League Championships and taking the Trailblazers to the CIF-SS Championship game in 2014.

“Coach Weber has done an absolutely incredible job while at Sierra Canyon,” Pillsbury said. “He took us from an average Division 7 team all the way up to Division 2. We wish him nothing but the best.”

Royster is a familiar name amongst Major League Baseball fans. Royster played professionally with the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Atlanta Braves. He had a career batting average of .249 with 40 home runs and 352 RBIs. After his playing days were over, Royster went on to manage the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002 and was also the third base coach for the Boston Red Sox in 2012. Royster also became the first American manager to manage a team in the South Korean professional league.