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Millan Named Titans’ New Baseball Coach

Adam Millan was named head baseball coach at San Marino High School earlier this week. Mitch Lehman Photo

On his first official day at San Marino High School, Adam Millan wore a polo shirt from Cooperstown—home to the Baseball Hall of Fame—so he clearly knows how to dress for the part. And if he is able to live up to his impressive resume, the rest of the job might be a walk in the (ball)park as well for the man who will replace Mike Hobbie as the Titans’ varsity baseball coach.

Millan was interviewed and hired at the beginning of the month and was cleared by the San Marino Unified School District earlier this week.

“I am honored and humbled,” Millan said shortly after spending a few minutes Wednesday morning on dewy McNamee Field. “I really can’t explain it any different than that. I am looking forward to the days ahead. I am excited to be a part of the high school and to be the next head baseball coach. Personally, this is the perfect time for me to accept this position and it is perfect timing for San Marino as well. It’s a great opportunity for everyone.”

This past spring, Millan served as a volunteer coach at both Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools while he substitute taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Millan comes to San Marino with over 25 years of experience as a teacher, instructor, coach and player. He prepped at Schurr High School, Cerritos College, and Cal State Fullerton. While at Cerritos, he was a two-time all-American, South Coast Conference Most Valuable Player and a two-time team MVP.

At Cal State Fullerton, Millan played on the 1994 Big West championship team that advanced to the College World Series. He was also an all-Big West Conference selection.

After being selected in the 28th round by Philadelphia, Millan played from 1994-99 in the Phillies’ minor league organization, where he was a three-time organizational player of the month recipient, a 1995 team MVP, and a Major League non-roster invitee between 1995-99.

After his stint with the Phillies, Millan went to play for the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds (1999) and the Long Beach Breakers in 2002. He was selected to all-star teams while a member of those squads.

Millan later coached in the Hawaiian Collegiate Baseball League in both assistant and head roles. He also spent six seasons as an assistant at East Los Angeles College and Claremont McKenna College. His experience as a coach includes all facets of the game as he has instructed pitchers, catchers, batters and has served as a recruiter, as well.

At the high school level, Millan has coached at Bishop Amat, Montebello High School and Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. He has also helped out with school curriculum and non-baseball coaching positions. References describe Millan as “a calm coach who has a mind for baseball,” according to San Marino High School Athletic Director David Irie.

Millan is well aware of the school’s rich baseball legacy as the Titans have won 14 Rio Hondo League championships and five CIF titles. Mickey McNamee, the man for whom the baseball field is named, is enshrined in the CIF Hall of Fame for his baseball coaching exploits.

“I feel like I am inheriting a solid baseball program, one that people really care about,” Millan said. “I want that challenge. It is right up my alley.”

Hobbie went 10-10 overall and 8-4 in the Rio Hondo League this past spring. Under Hobbie, the Titans finished in second place both of his years at the helm as he compiled an overall record of 22-19-1 before retiring from teaching and coaching.

“This is like a professional stadium,” Millan said as he glanced towards the pristine baseball facility. “I am ecstatic to be a part of this. I can’t wait to get started.”

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