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Mike Parisi Named New Baseball Coach at La Salle

by Pasadena Independent
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La Salle High School on June 19 announced that Michael Parisi has accepted the position of boys’ varsity baseball coach for the Lancers. La Salle’s Principal, Brother Christopher Brady, FSC, said, “Michael is a great addition to La Salle. He is a proven leader and a very successful coach in developing exceptional student-athletes.”

Michael Parisi is leaving Pasadena High School, where he led the Bulldogs to seven CIF play-off appearances from 2009 to 2015 and finished the 2015 season at 17-11 placing third in the Pacific League. Mike was the Pacific League Coach of the Year in 2012 and coached a record 20-win season with the Bulldogs in 2013. He had a 117-101 record during his eight-year tenure at Pasadena.

Coach Parisi was also the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Arcadia High School from 1999-2003 (87-21) leading the Apaches to Pacific League Championship titles four consecutive years. In 2000, he was recognized as Pacific League Coach of the Year. In 2002, he was named the Pasadena Star-News Coach of the Year.

Parisi graduated from Arcadia High School in 1991 where he earned all CIF Honors in both basketball and baseball his senior year. At California State University, Fullerton, Parisi was the starting pitcher for the Titans from 1992-1994 where they played in the College World Series in 1992 and 1994. He was “All Big West Conference” in 1993 and 1994. In 1994, he was also recognized as a “Collegiate Baseball All-American.”

Parisi was drafted by the Angels in the 30th round in 1991 after his senior year at Arcadia and in 1994 he was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 6th Round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He played four minor league seasons with the Florida Marlins reaching Double A in 1997. In 1998, he played for Sonoma County Crushers Independent League where they won the championship.

Lancer Athletic Director Anthony Harris said, “Mike is a quality coach and continues to ‘raise the bar’ for coaching at La Salle. We look forward to a great season for the Lancers.”

Coach Parisi is a member of ABCA (American Baseball Coaches Association), and BCA (Baseball Coaches Association) as well as the CCA (California Coaches Association). He received his B.A. in Communications from Cal State Fullerton in December 1997 and received his MBA in July 2000 and earned his single subject credential in Physical Education in 2005 from Azusa Pacific University.

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