Head Coach: Dave Mallas
Now in his 10th year as head coach for the green and gold, Coach Mallas arrived following a stint at nearby Los Angeles Mission College, where he quickly established a winning record, Including a berth in the Super Regional in his first two seasons.
Arriving at Valley, he took the reins of a struggling LAVC program and quickly amassed a 23-16 record enroute to a Western State Conference Southern Division championship. In 2010 he returned to post-season play, winningn his second conference title.
Today, Mallas is in search of players who are students of the game as well as willing to put their education first. He feels that players improve only if they set big yet realistic goals for themselves. “Personal improvement is the key,” he says, “for many student-athletes to be successful at what they do in life.”
A local product, Mallas is a Diamond Bar native; he played at Diamond Bar High School for four Years before transferring to Rancho Santiago Community College (now known as Santa Ana College) where he was part of the 1995 California Junior College State Championship team. in 1996, he moved to California State University, Chico where he earned his bachelors degree. In 1997, while playing for the Wildcats, he enjoyed a successful run at the national championship. Following graduation, Mallas transferredt to Azusa Pacific University where he received his Masters in Education.
During his off time, Coach Mallas enjoys family life with his son, Tyson, 10; his daughter, Haley, 6; and his wife Ginger. Coach Mallas also serves as the men’s Kinesiology Department Chair for the college.
Assistant Coach: Chris Johnson
Coach Chris Johnson enters his 33rd season with the Monarchs' baseball program. Prior to Valley College, Johnson coached an additional ten years at both Ventura College (1979) and Cal State University, Northridge. With the Matadors, Johnson worked with Hall of Fame Coach Bob Heigert. During that six year stint (1980-85), he worked with the hitters, helping the team gain a national championship in 1984. Arrving in Valley Glen in 1986, it wasn't long before he took over the head coaching position two years later where he remained until 2004.
A Camarillo native, Johnson went to Camarillo High School before moving to Ventura College where he received an associate’s degree in liberal arts. It was there an injury forced an early end to his baseball playing career, but also provided an early start to his coaching career. He continued his education at CSUN where he earned his bachelors and Masters degrees in sports psychology and physical education.
Coach Johnson lives in Chatsworth and during his days off, enjoys spending time with family and friends. He lives with his wife Denise, who works as an instructor at Heritage Christian (formerly Los Angeles Baptist High School) and his daughter Shauna (27) currently the head softball coach and athletic administrator at Campbell Hall. His son, Tyler (23), is playing baseball for the Oakland A’s organization in the minor leagues. Johnson also spends time watching baseball and other sports at Valley, on television, and at live events.
Team Manager: Joe Hernandez
A local product, Joe Hernandez enters his fifth season as team manager for the Monarchs’ baseball program. Hernandez came to LAVC from Birmingham High School after earning his diploma in 2002. After taking a basketball class (where he met former Athletic Director Dee Stark), he was hired and fell in love with Valley’s Athletic and Kinesiology Department.
During Hernandez LAVC baseball journey, he got off to an explosive start, helping the team score a conference title (2010) and later a playoff berth (2012).
Today, Hernandez serves as assistant to the athletic director (Jim Fenwick) and athletic training department. He also plays a key role in assisting women’s basketball coach Monica Hang’s team, the powerhouse that won the 2012-2013 Western State Conference Southern Division title. Additionally, he’s worked as an assistant to men’s basketball coach Virgil Watson.
Hernandez lives in Northridge where he enjoys spending time off with family and friends.
Coming soon: Rick Marino, Miguel Gomez, Sean Thompson, Brian Baisch, and Sam Arce.