Head Coach Mike Curran
Coach Curran, currently the head coach at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, has also spent time at West Hills College, Fresno State, and Cal Lutheran University. In 2006, he was selected as an MLB Envoy Coach and traveled to Poland for a six-week stint with the Polish National Team.
At Ohlone College, Coach Curran inherited a 16-20 squad before his arrival, and immediately turned the program around. Each team had its own story. The 2014 team set a school record for best start in school history (18-2). The 2015 team set a school record for best start in history without a loss (11-0) and won the Coast Conference Championship, CCCAA Regional Championship, and finished their season at the CCCAA Super Regionals. The 2016 squad finished with a 25-11 record despite playing all 36 games on the road that season. However, it was the 2017 season in which his program hit its stride. The Renegades finished 42-7 on the season with a #17 National Ranking from Perfect Game. The “OC” won its Coast Conference Championship with a 17-1 mark and then went on to capture the CCCAA Regional Championship, Super Regional Championship, and Sectional Championship en route to a trip to the CCCAA Final Four. Coach Curran's team had 12 All-Conference players,12 All-Academic All-State selections, and 12 NCAA / NAIA signees, including three NCAA Division I signees. The 42 wins was the most in the state (88 teams) and most in Ohlone College history. The team also performed a feat that quite possibly has never been done before, leading the entire CCCAA in hitting (.339), pitching (2.40), and fielding (.980).
Prior to Ohlone, Coach Curran was the head coach at West Hills College in Coalinga, CA. While there, some remarkable accomplishments occurred considering the past history of the program. After inheriting a team that went 7-28 in 2011, WHC increased their win totals to 14-22 (2012) and 15-21 (2013). Additionally, they had 6 All-State All-Academic Team members (most in the state for the 2012-13 seasons), a team GPA over 3.0, and moved over 10 players on to 4-year universities.
Prior to West Hills, he coached the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Fresno State University. He worked for two-time NCAA Coach of the Year and 2008 National Champion coach Mike Batesole. While at FSU, the Bulldogs went 40-16, captured the WAC Championship, the WAC Tournament Championship, were ranked as high as #8 in the nation, and had an incredible 10 players taken in MLB's annual June draft. Coach Curran had the opportunity to coach one of the best players in Major League Baseball while at Fresno State -- 2017 MLB Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge – who was a freshman at the time.
Before his time with Fresno State, he was the head coach at Washington Union High School in Fresno, CA. He helped turn a school with several former NBA players from a "basketball school" into a "baseball school." Back-to-back CIF-CS Valley Championships (2009 and ’10), a State Championship (2009), and back-to-back-to-back seasons of setting the 118-year old school’s record for wins in a season, highlighted the Panther's incredible run. In addition to the back-to-back CIF-CS Valley titles and the State Championship, Washington Union capped off his six years at the helm with a 109-25 record in his last four seasons there (highlighted by the 2009 teams' 32-3 record, the most wins of any team in all of California that year). While at WUHS, Coach Curran also spent 2010 scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays as an associate scout for Area Scout Blake Crosby.
His first coaching job came immediately after his playing career, where he was hired at Cal Lutheran University as the team’s hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator. Coach Curran’s recruiting classes from 1996-99 included five NCAA All-Americans, 29 All-SCIAC selections, two SCIAC Player of the Year awardees, and seven players who signed professional contracts. The team went to the NCAA College World Series three times in his four years as the recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor (’96, ’98, ’99).
Other coaching stops include the 2004 season where he was ns an assistant coach for St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC. The team went 22-5, played for the DC City Championship, and once held Baseball America’s #24 national ranking. In the summer of 2005, he was an assistant coach for a team of NCAA Division I, II, and III all-stars who traveled to a prestigious tournament in the Netherlands. In the summer of 2006, Coach Curran worked for Major League Baseball (MLB) as an Envoy coach—he traveled to Poland for five weeks to work with the Polish National Team and various club teams throughout the country. Coach Curran also started the California Blaze Baseball Club in 2005, a summer travel team for the top high school and college players in California. To date, his teams have captured 32 tournament championships and over 215 players have moved on to play collegiate baseball, including schools such as Vanderbilt, Clemson, Fullerton, Arizona, UCLA, UConn, Cal, Santa Clara, Fresno State, USD, Pepperdine, USF, UC Davis and more.
Coach Curran graduated from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks in 1996. While earning his undergraduate degree there, he played four years for the Kingsmen baseball program. The dominating performances put up by the Kingsmen in those four years began a great baseball tradition at the school that still lives today. From 1992-95, Coach Curran played on teams that went a combined 129-39 while winning three conference championships. Additionally, the Kingsmen made four straight trips to the NCAA Playoffs, held the nation’s #1 ranking in ’92 and ’93 and went the NCAA College World Series both years. The 1992 team finished with a record of 43-6 and came within two outs of winning the national championship. Although a Division III school, the Kingsmen knocked off Division I foes San Diego State, Cal-State Northridge, and Cal Poly-SLO during the run.
Coach Curran teaches full-time at Ohlone College and has two Masters Degrees. He is married and currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife, Stephanie. The couple has three sons, Michael (13), and Matthew (10), and Maximilian (6), and a daughter, Mena (1).