Position: Field Manager
Experience: 24th Season
Alma Mater: San Diego State
One of the most respected veteran community college coaches in the nation, Scott Pickler has been at the helm of the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox since 1997. Pickler has enjoyed considerable success both within the Cape Cod Baseball League and at Cypress College, leading Y-D to six Cape League Championships (2004, 2006, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016) and runner-up finishes in two others, along with five regular season East Division crowns.
“Pick” took over a struggling Cypress program in 1985, quickly turning the Chargers into a respected California powerhouse. He has been chosen as the National Coach of the Year for California Junior Colleges four times. Pickler, who also served as a coach for the 1995 USA Baseball National Trials, has led Cypress to five state championships (1991, 1994, 1997, 2003, 2013) and four runner-up finishes (1996, 1999, 2004, 2007).
With all of his professional accomplishments, Pickler’s biggest victories and proudest moments come when he sees his athletes move to four-year colleges and universities or the professional ranks. Over 200 student-athletes have received scholarships, and more than 120 players have been selected in the Major League Draft. There have been 15 former Cypress Chargers and several other Y-D Red Sox alums who have been brought up to the Majors in Pickler’s tenure.
Before coming to Cypress, Pickler had an outstanding high school coaching career. In six seasons at Savanna and Loara (Calif.) high schools, he posted a combined record of 123-36 and won the CIF championship with his 1983 Loara squad. Pickler is a 1968 graduate of Savanna High, winning Athlete of the Year recognition. In January 2016, he and younger brother, Brad, were honored with induction into the Savanna High Hall of Fame.
He attended Cypress College and earned All-Conference recognition under Coach Larry Mercadante, later earning a degree in physical education from San Diego State University. During his time at SDSU, Pickler also played second base for the Aztecs.
Pickler and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Jeff and Kari. Jeff was an All-Conference choice for his father at Cypress in 1995 and then went on to be an All-American and Academic All-American at the University of Tennessee. Kari is a graduate of UCLA and was a Bruins Song Leader. She has performed on Broadway in the musical “Big”, is the owner of The E-Factor, and is the mother of Scott’s first grandchild. Pickler’s brother, Brad, is the head coach of the softball team at Cypress and has led the Chargers to eight state championships.