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.
Coach Curran took over the head coaching job Ohlone College (Fremont, CA) in July of 2013. He now leads the storied program (which won the CCCAA State Championship in 2010 and has had numerous players move on to the Major Leagues) which just completed a new $4.5 million all-turf stadium.
At Ohlone College, Coach Curran inherited a 16-20 squad before his arrival, and immediately helped lead the Renegades to a 25-11 records in 2014 and '16 and a 29-12 finish in 2015. 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.
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 their best conference start in the school's long history (7-2) in 2013, had 6 All-State All-Academic Team members (most in the state for the 2012-13 seasons), had a team GPA over 3.0, and moved over 10 players on to 4-year universities; the 2013 alone team saw 7 members extend their careers: Chisholm Witt (Colorado Christian), Nikky Gonzales (Pikeville--KY), Kevin Richards (Cal State East Bay), Jacob Phillips (Cal State East Bay), Daniel Bednarski (Judson--IL), Brad Rolff (Minot State--ND), and Aaron Graef (California Lutheran).
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.
Prior to Fresno State, Coach Curran spent 2010 scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays as an associate scout. He worked for Blake Crosby, who, as of 2014, is the Blue Jays' Area Scout in the Four Corners area of the U.S.
Before his time with the Blue Jays, 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" to 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, he started a quickly growing, elite summer program, the Central California Blaze Baseball Club, which has become one of the top summer programs on the West Coast, with (as of Jan. 2016) 28 tournaments championships, 19 MLB draft picks, and over 160 players in collegiate baseball. Blaze players have earned scholarships to Clemson, Arizona, Fullerton, Fresno State, Washington State, Cal, Santa Clara, Vanderbilt, UC Davis, USD, 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.
After his playing career, he was immediately hired at CLU 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 accomplishments include the 2004 season. As an assistant coach for St. John’s College High School in Washington, DC, theteam went 22-5, played for the DC City Championship, and once held Baseball America’s #24 national ranking. Three players signed Division I scholarships. 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 (see photo below) for five weeks to work with the Polish National Team and various club teams throughout the country.
Although coaching is his passion, Coach Curran also has a love for academia. He received his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from California Lutheran University in 1999. Additionally, he returned back to the West Coast from Washington, DC in June of 2004 after a four-year stint at The Catholic University of America and Washington Theological Union. It was the latter that he earned a Masters Degree in Theological Studies. He has been a full-time faculty member at Moorpark HS (English), St. John's College HS in Washington DC (Theology), Washington Union HS (English), West Hills College (English) and now Ohlone College (Kinesiology).
Coach Curran is married and currently resides in the Bay Area with his wife, Stephanie. The couple has three sons, Michael (12), and Matthew (9), and Maximilian (5).