Saturday, October 1 2022

Ayala High School has hired a familiar face to take over their baseball program.

Brad McGuire, the Bulldogs’ assistant coach since 2018 for recently deceased head coach Chris Vogt, was hired Monday to coach the Bulldogs, Ayala High athletic director Warren Reed said.

“Coach McGuire brings a plethora of experience to the head coaching position,” Mr. Reed said. “(He) is no stranger to the Bulldog program. During that time, he managed our offense, our pitchers and our infielders.

Coach McGuire is a physical education teacher at Ayala High and said it was an honor to take charge of the Bulldogs baseball program.

“I’ve spent my last four years here as an assistant and there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. My goal is not to try to fill Coach Vogt’s shoes, but to build on all the success he has created here at Ayala,” Coach McGuire said.

Coach Vogt quit earlier this month after 11 seasons, taking a teaching job at Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, which is less than a mile from his home and will give him more time to spend with his family, including his young son.

Coach McGuire said there is a “solid group” of players who will return to the Bulldogs roster in 2023.

“I can’t wait to get back to work and compete for a league title and hopefully a strong playoff push,” Coach McGuire said.

He has a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration and played baseball at Citrus College in Glendora and William Penn University in Iowa. In 2012, Coach McGuire was an all-conference honored pitcher at William Penn.

High school baseball season begins in February.

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