Fri, May 06 2011 11:55 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
After 44 years of working with an untold number of youth in the South Bay, Corpus Christi native Richard Quinones retired as a baseball coach and mentor. His career spanned coaching stints at Southwest Little League and Imperial Beach Little League before following his sons to programs at Imperial Beach Pony League, Colt League and Palomino League, which he helped establish.
He was given lifetime membership in the IB Little League for his dedication to the league.
In the mid 1990s, Quinones — or simply Coach Q — decided to offer his services to Mar Vista High School, starting as pitching coach and eventually taking over as head coach. It was during his time there that he had a great influence on many future professional baseball players, including Esteban Loaiza, Kenny Price, Bobby Rector, Jake Myers and even his grandson Rick.
Coach Q followed his youngest grandson Ruben to Midway Baptist and also assisted there. Three years after his grandson graduated, Quinones retired in 2004 at age 75, though he continued to provide private lessons until just a couple years before his death.
The close family of 10 (including his wife Mary, six sons and two daughters) grew to include spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren — a whopping 41 family members total with coach Q as the family patriarch.
“Coach Q’s legacy will live on through the thousands of people he touched with his supreme coaching skills and his great sense of humor,” said son Rene.
There will be a memorial service starting at noon on May 21 at Ocean View Church (formally Midway Baptist), 2460 Palm Ave., San Diego. A reception will follow.
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