Coach Chalmers is in his fifth year in his second stint as the Head Coach of the Newport Harbor Sailors. It is his 9th year as the head coach and 13th year in the program.
Coach Chalmers hails from Laguna Beach High School where he was a three sport letterman in baseball, basketball and football. He has coached high school baseball for over 20 years. He first coached varsity baseball at Esperanza High School from 1992-1994, where he was part of the coaching staff for two CIF championship teams (football and baseball). A full time teaching job took him to Warren High School where he coached baseball from 1994-1997 (San Gabriel Valley League Champions). He then helped coached varsity football at Newport Harbor for eight years (CIF champions in 1999) and became a Varsity Baseball assistant coach (2002-2005). Coach Chalmers was the Newport Harbor Baseball Head Coach from 2006 to 2009.The Sailors were Beach Pit Classic Champions in 2006 when they posted a 13-12 record that season. He then served four years as a varsity assistant strength-conditioning coach and hitting coach at CdM High School. Chalmers was renamed Head Coach at Newport Harbor in 2014 the Sailors returned to the CIF playoffs in 2014. The Sailors in 2016 went 7-8 in the Sunset League beating each team at least once and winning 6 out of the last 8 games. Big wins in 2017 include county leaders CdM , El Dorado High School and Huntington Beach High School and beating rival Edison 2 out of 3 while starting two sophomores and a freshman.
Coach Chalmers has a BA in Psychology from SDSU, a history degree from Cal State Fullerton and a Masters Degree in Education from Concordia University. He has been a world history and geography teacher at Newport Harbor since 1997. His lovely wife Amy teaches 2nd grade and Lincoln Elementary and they have three children: Desiree 18, Dayne 17 and Ruby 12.
VARSITY COACHING STAFF
Coach Christensen is in his 10th year of coaching at the High School level. John began his coaching career at NHHS as Head Frosh Coach in 2000 and Head JV Coach in 2001, beating CDM both years. He Spent 5 Years as an Assistant Varsity Coach at Costa Mesa High School reaching CIF Southern Playoffs 3 straight years (2008-2010). The 2009 team set the school record for wins in a season with 20 and won their first league championship in 31 years. He plans to do the same here at NHHS. John resides in Newport Beach with his beautiful wife Stacey and his three boys Noah, Troy, and Jack.
ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Coach “G”was a stand out two sport athlete in high school (Downey High) and college (Whittier College). He was a 1st team all SCIAC selection in baseball while at Whittier College. He was also a Western Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete at Fresno State University 2000 and made the Academic Deans List at St. Martins University 1999. Guitron played 5 years of Professional Baseball in the Independent leagues throughout the US and Mexico. He was the Whittier College Baseball Pitching Coach 2002-2003 and Paramount High School Baseball Varsity Pitching coach 2003-2005. Warren High School Varsity Head Baseball Coach 2005-2006. In addition, he has also coached at Downey High School as Junior Varsity Baseball Head Coach 2010-2012.. More recently, Guitron was a part of the baseball staff at Costa Mesa High School where he was Varsity Pitching/Infield coach for 2 years (2013-2014). He is a single parent of AJ Guitron 13. Ariel holds private lessons for athletes across the southland and holds his single subject teaching credential in Physical Education. Coach “G” is engaged to be married in April to his lovely fiancé Ashley Kachelmeyer.
ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH
Coach Pender was the Frosh pitching coach last season. He is a 2014 graduate of Newport Harbor High School. He is a product of the Newport Harbor Baseball program where he played three years on varsity as a pitcher and outfielder. Senior year he was coached by both Coach Chalmers and Coach Christenson and made the CIF Division I playoffs. Following his passion to pursue a career in education and coaching, Coach Pender is excited to be back on the field and for the opportunity to give back to the program that taught him the importance of hard work, dedication and the value of being a team player. Go TARS!
JR VARSITY COACHING STAFF
JV HEAD COACH
Coach Steffel is a Newport Harbor alumni and played baseball and football all four years of high school and graduated in 2011. After graduation, Coach Steffel went on and played at Irvine Valley College and then transferred to Dordt College in northwest Iowa. At each of his schools, Coach Steffel was a utility player batted in the middle of the lineup. This utility player background allowed him to apply the different skills he learned at each position and he hopes he can bring this with him while he is working with the players. Coach Steffel graduated from Dordt College with a BA in Exercise Science and is currently the head trainer of a morning fitness program called Elite Women’s Fitness out of Redline Athletics in San Juan Capistrano as well as an assistant coach to the Riptide travel ball team. He currently lives in Costa Mesa and likes to spend his time in the gym when he can’t be on a baseball field.
JV ASSISTANT COACH
Coach Green is from the Chicago area where he attended Lane Tech High School and was a two sport star in basketball and baseball. He graduated from DePaul University where he received a basketball scholarship. He holds a BS in Education and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling (Northwestern). He was the Head High School Baseball Coach at Calumet High School. Coach Green eventually became the hitting coach for Tustin High School for six seasons (1994-1998). Ira was the founder of The Baseball Academy in Orange County 1992. Coach Green has a long list of experience with players of all ages. Most notable he has has helped developed over 100 Division I college baseball players and eight professional players including son Shawn Green, Aaron Boone and Heath Bell to name a few.
FRESHMAN COACHING STAFF
FROSH/SOPH HEAD COACH
Coach Wagers is in his 25th year of coaching travel ball and high school baseball. He has spent the last 15 years at Marina High School as the head coach and business manager of their feeder team. He also coached Marina and other high school players during the off season. In addition to running the feeder team last season he also was the head coach for Marina’s freshman team. He attended the University of Houston. Scott has spent the last 25 years as a resident of Huntington Beach with his lovely wife Candy and one of his sons Dustin. His other son Jeremy resides in Houston, Texas.
FROSH/SOPH ASSISTANT COACH
Coach Miller was a 4 sport athlete in high school earning 14 letters at John Muir. He went to Pasadena City College, Berkley and UCLA where he played football and baseball. Bill played 3 years of professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs. Bill’s coaching career began in 1965 at Pasadena City College. He has spent 35 years coaching baseball, football, basketball and Tennis. He retired from Santa Ana High School where he taught Health and Physics and was the baseball, football and tennis coach. He has a BA in Biology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of San Diego. Bill resides on Balboa Island with his wife Patti of 57 years. He has 3 children-Carrie, Billy and Danny as well as 8 grandchildren.
FROSH/SOPH ASSISTANT COACH
Austin was a standout player in high school at Marina High School. He spent 2 years as a starting pitcher at Fullerton Jr College then 2 years at Missouri Baptist University. Austin was voted to the All American team his senior year. After graduation, Austin signed with the Tampa Bay Rays where he played in 15-16 year. He currently plays with the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier league. He is very excited to begin his coaching career here at Newport Harbor with his former coach Scott Wagers.