National community college baseball icon Jerry Bartow has retired after 39 years as the Jaguars’ baseball coach, leaving behind a legacy that few will likely match.
Bartow, 79, took over reins of the Southwestern program in 1976 after playing stints at Washington State University and a minor league career in the Northwest League. He played in the 1956 College World Series for WSU.
Bartow coached at Hoover High School for 14 years, wining San Diego Section championships in 1967, 1969 and 1975.
Bartow leaves behind quite a legacy with the Jaguars program, including 11 conference titles and 907 wins. During his long and illustrious coaching career, nearly 40 former SWC players went on to sign professional baseball contracts and more than 180 players transferred to four-year universities to continue their college careers.
The Jaguars finished runner-up in the 2008 state tournament to Sierra College, and many feel that was the best team he coached. The Jags finished 29-14 in 2014, advancing to the Southern California sectionals.
Bartow, affectionately known by team members as “Forty” for his uniform number, was a 2012 SWC honorary degree recipient.
Southwestern College Jaguars Time Capsule
Run to the 2008 State Finals
Sierra 6, Southwestern 3
Southwestern 11, West Valley 3
Sierra 6, Riverside 1
Southwestern 7, Riverside 6
Game 1: Southwestern 7, Sierra 3
Game 2: Sierra 6, Southwestern 2
A season to remember: best of the best?
The Southwestern Jaguars led the Pacific Coast Conference in overall hitting in 2008 (.326), and hit an impressive .309 in conference play. They also lead the conference in stolen bases, on-base percentage, and runs scored. With a program-best 40-14 record, the team earned the No. 5 seed in the California Community College Super-Regional playoffs before going on to record a runner-up finish in the state championship series.
The 2008 Jaguars finished as the California Community College South Region champion and finished within one win of capturing the state title. Southwestern had a record of 8-3 during its championship run. Southwestern led all playoff teams in total plate appearances (456), walks (45), and stolen bases (36). The Jaguars also ranked in the top 10 in on-base-percentage (.390), runs scored (72), hits (109), RBI (63), doubles (13), triples (4) and home runs (6).
Player of the Year: Adrian Bringas, infielder, Southwestern
Daniel Stenavich, Southwestern
Kegan Sharp, Palomar
Zack Larson, San Diego Mesa
Travis Taijeron, Grossmont
Edgar Molina, Southwestern
Anthony Lopez, San Diego Mesa
Guy Willeford, Palomar
Adrian Bringas, Southwestern
Mitch Blackburn, Palomar
Tyler Saladino, Palomar
Marshal Harvey, San Diego City
Kenny Miramontes, Southwestern
Ross Blondin, Grossmont
Eric Rodriguez, Palomar
Nathaniel “Tre” Dennis, Southwestern
Jared Jordan, Southwestern
Ryan Dew, San Diego City
Jon Bernetskie, San Diego City
Allan Boyer, San Diego Mesa
Ryan Fariss, Southwestern
All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
(Southwestern College selections)
Kevin Ginkel (pitcher)
Miguel Solano (infielder)
Chris Allen (outfielder)
Daniel Goodrich (outfielder)
Deandre Simpson (pitcher)
Albert Canedo (catcher)
Community College State Playoffs
Southern California Regional
May 2: Southwestern 13, Rio Hondo 3
May 3: Southwestern 3, Rio Hondo 0
(Southwestern wins series 2-0)
May 9: Southwestern 6, Santa Ana 5
May 10: Santa Ana 6, Southwestern 4
May 11: Southwestern 6, Santa Ana 2
(Southwestern wins series 2-1)
May 16: Orange Coast 5, Southwestern 4
May 17: Orange Coast 8, Southestern 0
(Orange Coast wins series 2-0)
May 26: Orange Coast 5, SJ Delta 3
(Orange Coast 2014 state champions)
Mariela Rodriguez (Otay Ranch High School) established a new Southwestern College record in the women's 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:16.62 in a dual meet against Grossmont College on March 28.
Southwestern College Record:
(Southwestern College players)