Scott Pickler - Manager
One of the most respected veteran community college coaches in the nation, Scott Pickler had another successful year at Cypress College in 2013, winning his fifth California state championship. Pickler, in his 29th year directing the Chargers, has led Cypress to five state championships (1991, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2013) and four runner-up finishes (1996, 1999, 2004, 2007). Pickler, who served as a coach for the 1995 USA Baseball National Trials, has a career winning percentage of .671 (904-404-4). He also has coached for sixteen years in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. In 2004, 2006, and 2007 he led the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to the Cape Cod League Title.
Pickler took over a struggling Cypress program in 1985 and quickly turned the Chargers into a respected California powerhouse. He has been chosen as the National Coach of the Year for California junior Colleges four times.
With all of his professional accomplishments, Pickler's biggest victories and proudest moments come when he sees his athletes move to four-year colleges and universities or the professional ranks. Over 200 student-athletes have received scholarships, and 120 plus players have been selected in the Major League Draft. There have been 15 former Chargers who have been brought up to the Majors in Pickler's tenure including eight who are currently active.
Before coming to Cypress, Pickler had an outstanding high school coaching career. In six seasons at Savanna and Loara high schools, he posted a combined record of 123-36 and won the CIF championship with his 1983 Loara squad. Pickler is a 1968 graduate of Savanna High winning Athlete of the Year recognition. He attended Cypress College and earned all-conference recognition under Coach Larry Mercadante. He earned a degree in physical education from San Diego State University and played second base for the Aztecs.
Scott and his wife Sharon have two children; Jeff (36) and Kari (32). Jeff was an all-conference choice for his dad at Cypress in 1995 and then went on to be an All-American and All Academic American at the University of Tennessee. Kari is a graduate of UCLA and was a Bruins Song Leader. She has performed on Broadway in the musical "Big'', is the owner of The E-Factor, and is the mother of Scott's first grandchild. Pickler's younger brother Brad is the head coach of the softball team at Cypress and has led the Chargers to five state championships.
Roberto Mercado - Assistant Coach
The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox announced the addition of Roberto Mercado to the team's staff in the spring of 2014. He enters his 4th season as head coach of the New Britain High School Hurricanes in New Britain, Conn. New Britain High School is in the CCC West Conference, considered one of the best conferences in the State of Connecticut. In Mercado's inaugural year in 2011, the New Britain Hurricanes were able to capture their first conference title since 1984 and also make the LL state semifinals for the first time since 2001. Mercado has coached 13 All-Conference players and 2 All-State players in his 3 years as head coach. Prior to coaching at New Britain High School, Mercado coached the New Britain Fall Legion baseball program and was able to win state titles in 2007, 2009, and 2010.
Mercado played collegiate baseball for Roger Bidwell and former Yarmouth-Dennis and current UConn Huskies Coach Chris Podezwka at UConn-Avery Point. He was a member of the NJCAA New England District Champions and NJCAA Region XXI Champions in 1999 and 2000. Mercado was also a member of the Northeast Region Championship in 1999 and earned a trip to the NJCAA World Series team in 1999. He was an All-New England selection in 2000. Mercado also played at Fitchburg State University as the starting centerfielder and was named Male Student Athlete of the year in 2002.
Mercado has been the Dean of Students at New Britain High School since 2004. He resides in New Britain, Conn.
James Cordes - Assistant Coach
James Cordes just finished his fifth season at the helm of Redlands East Valley High School in Redlands, CA. Traditionally a power house in the southern California rankings, the REV Wildcats have captured 5 league titles in the last 7 years and visited the CIF sectional title game and semi-final game in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Cordes has guided the Wildcats to a 104-35-1 overall record in his five years, capturing 3 league titles, being named coach-of-the-year three different seasons, and being named West Region DII High School Coach of the Year in 2012. He has coached 28 1st-Team All-Citrus Belt League players and seen more than 29 players move onto collegiate baseball. Three players have been drafted out of REV during Cordes’ tenure, the highest being Griffin Murphy (Toronto Blue Jays) in the second round of 2010. Major League pitchers Tommy Hanson (Los Angeles Angels) and Tyler Chatwood (Colorado Rockies) are alum to Redlands East Valley as well. During the fall, Cordes is a scout for the Los Angeles Angles, helping manage the Angel’s Elite scout team.
Cordes is returning to Y-D for his second summer under the tutelage of Scott Pickler. Cordes will continue to work with hitters and infielders, while helping run the daily youth baseball camp. Playing his collegiate baseball at the University of Redlands, Cordes was a three-year starting shortstop. Before settling at Redlands East Valley, Cordes also served as an infield coach at UMass-Boston and an assistant coach at Boston College High School.
With a Master’s in English from Boston College, Cordes teaches English at Redlands East Valley. His family resides in Sun Valley, Idaho, where he grew up.