Specializes in Hitting, & Fielding
The fondest and earliest childhood memories for Bryan Moreno revolve around baseball and the dedicated parents who laid the foundation that encouraged his love of the game. “Just being a kid around the game, playing catch with my dad and brother—always kept me young.” As his Little League Coach of eight years from the age of 7, Bryan’s dad taught life lessons on the baseball field that have influenced his strong character, inspiring him to share these valuable experiences every day with others.
As a teenager, Bryan played High School soccer and baseball with all the neighborhood kids. “We grew up together and had this great support system, fed off each other’s successes, and encouraged one another to succeed.” Junior year, Bryan’s team won Metro League Title, though Bryan only had 10 at-bats. He feels his most important learning experience was his time spent on the bench. “I needed to learn how to work hard, and be a positive team player for the betterment of the team.”
Senior year started off slow, but his hard work paid off as Bryan made starting shortstop, First Team All Conference, and was chosen for the Optimist Team. Bryan graduated Sacramento High School in ’93 and went on to Consumers River Junior College, where he played baseball for 2 years under the direction of Rod Beilby, earning him the Jerry Conway Award for leadership and character, in 1995.
Bryan went on to San Diego State University, where he played 2nd base and short stop for another 2 years with Coach Jim Dietz. His college coaches taught Bryan how to persevere and become an excellent citizen. “I was very fortunate to be one of the players these two coaches took under their wing. They recognized a passion in me and a player willing to do anything to be out on the field.” Both coaches have earned Hall of Fame status—Coach Beilby in the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association—and Coach Dietz in the National Baseball Coaches Association.
After college Bryan returned to Sacramento High where he became assistant coach to Kent Pickering (his own high school coach). After 2 years, he accepted the Head Baseball Coach position at McClatchy High School in Sacramento, where he earned League Coach of the Year, in 2002. As a coach, Bryan encourages kids to look at baseball beyond the game. “In the big picture, we want to create the best citizens and the best family members for these kids to grow into, and the game of baseball is an excellent outlet for cultivating many of the skills that will carry you through life.”
Bryan is proud to see that many of his student athletes have gone on to be college graduates, successful firefighters, law enforcement officers, store managers, and of course—baseball coaches! Several players went on to have successful college and professional baseball careers, including David Born (Colorado Rockies, long beach state), Ryan Royster (Seattle Mariners, UC Davis), and Vance Worley (Minnesota Twins, Long Beach State).
To this day, Bryan plays baseball in the men’s league in Sacramento and appreciates how you can continue to play baseball throughout your life. “There are always opportunities to play and be involved in the sport—from a young child, to age 50 and beyond. Essentially baseball makes our communities better, and I think that’s what we do as coaches—make our communities better.”
In 2003, Bryan married his college sweetheart, Jen. Their son Brandon-8, plays soccer and Bryan coaches him in Little League, and their daughter Mia- only 5, and already playing soccer. Having come full circle, Bryan hopes to give his own children the same fond memories he grew up with as a child.
Currently, Bryan teaches PE at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School where he knows every kid on campus and where his own son attends 2nd grade and Bryan’s class twice a week. “Everyone has something special they do in their careers and this is going down as one of the tops for me. Outside of my family, baseball has left me with wonderful moments that have shaped me into becoming the best father, husband, and community member I can be.”