TONY NIETO #15 - HEAD COACH
Tony Nieto enters his 15th season as the head coach of Condor Baseball. Born and raised in Southern California, he played his high school ball at Schurr High School where he was named to the All-Foothill League team and All-Area team his senior year. He then played four years at the University of Southern California and was named team captain of the 100th team in USC history. In his four year career at USC Nieto started at every position on the field except 2nd Base and Centerfield, until he settled in as a pitcher his senior year. In 1994, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He played 2 seasons in the Reds organization and one in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Nieto has also coached at the college level with Loyola Marymount University (2000 & 2001). At Loyola Marymount, he help guide the Lions in the 2000 season to a 3rd consecutive West Coast Conference championship. The Lions finished the regular season ranked 10th in the nation, eventually losing in the western regional semi-final to host Cal St. Fullerton.
Nieto has had the honor of having five of his former players play in the major leagues: Anthony Reyes (Pitcher), Cal High Alumni 1999; Bill Traber (Pitcher), LMU Alumni 2000, played with the New York Yankees in 2008; Josh Whitesell (Pitcher/1B), LMU Alumni 2002 played with the Arizona D-Backs and the Washington Nationals in 2009; C.J. Wilson (Pitcher), LMU Alumni 2001, currently playing for the Los Angeles Angels; and Joc Pederson (Outfielder), Waiama Waves 2010, currently playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nieto also coached for five summers in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League, during that span his teams reached the championship game twice. In 2009, his Waiama Waves team set the league record for the most wins in league history with a 28-12 mark.
Since taking over the reins at Cal High in 2003, he has guided the Condors to 12 playoff appearances (5 Quarter Finals & 2 Semi-Final appearances) and 7 league titles. In 2007 & 2008 the Condors reached the Quarter Finals in consecutive seasons and in 2014 & 2015 they reached the Semi-Finals in consecutive seasons. In 2009 (Nieto's first league championship team), the Condors swept the Del Rio League championship at all levels (Varsity, JV and Frosh). This amazing feat was also repeated in 2015 as the Condors once again swept the Del Rio League Championship at all levels (Varsity, JV & Frosh). In 2015, the Condors entered the CIF playoffs as the #1 ranked team in their division (a first in school and Del Rio league history). In 2016, the Condors won a 5th consecutive Del Rio League Championship, seven in the last eight years and also reached the CIF Quarterfinals, losing an extra inning game to eventual CIF champion Laguna Beach HS 4-3. In 2012 & 2015 Nieto was named the Daily News Coach of the Year. Since Nieto has been at Cal High he has coached 14 All-CIF players, 5 Player of the Years, 11 Pitcher of the Years, 2 Defensive Players of the Year, and has also seen 46 of his former players go on to play at the college level.
Last season, the Condors had another memorable year. The Condor’s league record was 11-4 and finished 20-10 overall. The Condor’s were rewarded by having Jakob Farmer named Del Rio Pitcher of the Year, the Condor's 11th Pitcher of the Year recipient with Nieto coaching at Cal High; Eric Sotelo was named Del Rio Defensive Player of the Year.
Coach Nieto graduated from USC in 1995 with his BA in Communications and also has a Masters in Special Education. Nieto resides in Whittier with his wife Veronica (Whittier College '97; USC '16) and their 3 sons: Noah (17), Dylan (13) and Aidan (10).