In 1996, Bobby Hill was drafted in the fifth round by the Anaheim Angels out of Leland High School in San Jose, CA. Bobby instead chose to attend the University of Miami. While at the University of Miami, he had a .360 average, became and remains Miami’s career stolen base leader (139), is 2nd in runs scored (240), and 3rd in career hit by a pitch. Bobby is also in Miami’s top ten in career hits (253), career walks (166) and reached base in 97 consecutive games. In 1998 he was a member of the U.S. National Team, scored a Miami school record 87 runs and had a .404 batting average. Bobby was privileged to be a part of the 1999 NCAA College World Series helping lead the Hurricanes to their third National Championship.
In 1999 the Chicago White Sox drafted Bobby in the second round. Bobby played for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League until he was drafted in the second round and signed by the Chicago Cubs in 2000. While playing with the Chicago Cubs, Bobby was named prospect of the year and made his major league debut in 2002. He remained with the Chicago Cubs organization until 2003 when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bobby played in the major leagues with the Pirates until 2006 when he was traded to the San Diego Padres.
During his 2006 season, while playing with AAA Portland (San Diego), he was selected to play for the Olympic Qualifying Team USA where he led the tournament in hitting with a .522 BA. He re-signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2007.
As a switch hitting infielder Bobby has a Major League career .262 BA, OBP of .343 and a .985 fielding percentage. Displaying his versatility playing second base, shortstop and third base, he achieved success at the Major league level as a starter; utility role player and a pinch hitter that was three hits shy of the Pirates single season pinch-hitting record. Bobby accumulated over seven years of professional baseball experience of which five years are at the major league level. In 2012, Bobby decided to retire from playing professional baseball. However, he will never truly leave “The Show”, continuing his career in a new capacity as head varsity baseball coach at Los Gatos High School in 2012, mentor to aspiring young athletes throughout the Northern California area. In January 2015 Bobby Hill was named Head Coach at Mission College.
Honors and Accomplishments
Freshman of the Year 1996 - University of Miami
First Team All American 1996-1999 - Baseball America
97 Consecutive Games Reached Base - University of Miami
Selected to Team USA in 1998
NCAA College World Series Championship 1999 - University of Miami
Set All-time Stolen Base Record - University of Miami
Golden Spikes Award Finalist -1999
Prospect of the Year 2001- Chicago Cubs
Selected to Minor League All-star Team 2002- AAA Iowa Cubs
Selected to Team USA in 2006 - Olympic Qualifying Team
2011 University of Miami Hall of Fame Inductee
2012 -14 Head Varsity Baseball Coach – Los Gatos High School
Mike Perez has been a head coach for 34 years with stops at Gavilan College, assistant at Santa Clara University and the head coach at West Valley College. Coach Perez’ West Valley College teams made 11 state play-off appearances. Mike's 501 victories include 11 conference championships. He achieved a rare feat of winning five consecutive championships from 1999 to 2003 at West Valley College. Most important is that in 18 years as the head coach at West Valley and Mission College, Mike sent 310 players on to four-year schools and 22 players signed professionally with Major League Baseball. In 2011 Coach Perez' first at Mission College all nine sophomores transferred to four year universities, eight on athletic scholarship.
Over his career at West Valley Coach Perez coached 26 "All-Americans", 9 conference MVP's, and 5 state "Players of the Year" award winners. Coach Perez has been named "Coach of the Year" 11 times.
As a Head Coach, Mike Perez continuously worked at building community relationships and proudly built his baseball program putting the students' athletes' academic standards first and foremost. He promotes athletics through strong academic progress and he can proudly stand behind his academic leadership during his at West Valley and Mission College. Mike served as the Athletic Director or assistant AD at West Valley College for 16 at West Valley College. Starting July 1, 2010 Mike became Mission Colleges Athletic Director.
Michael Luna is the Former Head Coach at San Benito High School. Coach Luna led his 2007 San Benito team to the CCS Division 1 Championship Finals. He is the only coach to lead to 2 high schools to the CCS Division 1 Finals. Coach Luna lead San Benito to 5 Championships and his teams won 147 games in 6 years. Coach Luna was voted Coach of the Year by Nor Cal Preps in 2007. Coach Luna coached Leigh High School for 5 years, his 2000 team won the CCS Division 1 Championship, and for this accomplishment he was voted CCS Coach of the Year. Coach Luna's Leigh teams won 102 games in his 5 years at the helm. Coach Luna also won a league championship at Overfelt High School in his second season in 1997. At 3 different High Schools Coach Michael Luna has been voted "Coach of the Year" 6 times for his outstanding guidance. Coach Luna also worked as an assistant coach at San Jose City College and at West Valley College with Coach Mike Perez, helping West Valley to a championship and 2 consecutive state playoff appearances.
Jeff Eaton – Baseball Assistant Coach
Jeff enters his first season with Mission College after spending previous 4 seasons at Hartnell College. Jeff served as Associate Head Coach for 3 seasons at Hartnell while serving in different roles on the coaching staff including pitching coach (2014) and hitting coach (2012-13). Prior to coaching at Hartnell College Coach Eaton was Head Coach at Alisal High school for six seasons (2005-2010). Coach Eaton is a graduate of Benedictine College (02') where he played baseball for two seasons (2000-20001) and holds a Masters Degree from Fresno Pacific University (12').
Spencer Maltbie – Baseball Assistant Coach
Spencer comes to Mission College after coaching the last three years at Los Gatos High School. Spencer graduated from Los Gatos High in 2005 prior to playing at De Anza College for two years as a first baseman - pitcher.
Adam returns for his third season to the Mission Saints. Adam will work with Catchers. Adam is a former first team All Conference Player at Mission College. Coach Adam played and graduated from San Francisco State University. Adam is currently a History Teacher at Christopher High School in Gilroy.
Chase will assist in the area of strength and conditioning and be an assistant with Catchers with Coach Adam Perez. Chase is a former first team All Conference Player at West Valley College where he was a starting catcher for two years. Chase was a key component to the 2007 WV championship team, after WV he received a scholarship to Cal State Stanislaus where he caught for two seasons. Chase has earned his PhD in Physical Therapy from University of Pacific in 2013.