SANTA ANA - For the first time since 1981, the Santa Ana College baseball team will take the field without Don Sneddon making the calls. After 32 seasons as the team's skipper, Sneddon is stepping down as the head coach of the Dons, marking the end of his record-setting career.
Sneddon's tenure ends with a career 1,072-383-3 overall record, netting the most wins of all time in California community college history. After breaking the career wins record in 2006 with his 832nd victory (a 2-1 win at Riverside City College on March 21), Sneddon went on to become the first coach to record 900 and 1,000 wins.
Among those 1,072 victories are three state championships and 16 conference championships. Sneddon also led the Dons to the second round of postseason competition for 25 consecutive seasons from 1988-2012.
With Sneddon's departure, the 2014 season kicks off tomorrow against Los Angeles Harbor College at 2:00 p.m. with Bryan Harris and John Bryant serving as co-head coaches. Both Harris and Bryant are former players of Sneddon's and have also served as assistant coaches under Sneddon.