Kamiak graduate named new head baseball coach
Trinidad returns to Knights after previously serving as an assistant/JV coach
Last updated 12/2/2019 at 2:19pm
Clarence Trinidad is excited to be back at Kamiak High School.
Trinidad, a 1996 alum, recently was hired as the Knights' new head baseball coach.
This will be the third time Trinidad has donned the purple and white uniform as a coach.
Trinidad was an assistant coach from 2008-2010 under Steve Merkley and then coached the junior varsity team in 2015 and was an assistant for Frank Nickerson in 2016. Trinidad takes over for former coach Kevin Agnew, who relocated to eastern Washington with his family.
"It's my home," Trinidad said of being back at his alma mater. "It's Kamiak. I graduated from there. I just feel comfortable there. Not too many people can say they coach at the school they grew up in. I'm helping to build the tradition. I was in the second graduating class."
Trinidad was a candidate for the head coaching position on two previous occasions when the school hired Nickerson and Agnew. When he was an assistant at Tacoma Community College, Trinidad coached Agnew. He will be the fourth head coach in the program's history.
Bringing together the baseball team and the community is a top priority for Trinidad.
"I'm going to try and build something where guys like playing baseball," Trinidad said. "They're representing the Mukilteo community. I want the people of the community to come watch and support the team."
Last season, the Knights made their first appearance in the district tournament since 2013 under Agnew, who was in his second season as coach.
Trinidad will be setting high goals for his players.
"The team I'm going to coach is going to be excited to play baseball," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind that we should be able to make the playoffs consistently and be a fixture in the playoffs. We want to be winning Wesco titles."
If the players want to continue their baseball careers after high school, Trinidad said he will do his best to prepare them to play at the Division 1 or 2 or community college level.
"I tell the kids I'm coaching that I want you to move on," Trinidad said. "If I can do that, then I'm building the program."
Since being hired, Trinidad has reached out to other Kamiak graduates – former teammates and players he's coached – and had both also reach out to him.
"They're going to come back. They want to give kids advice and give them pointers on baseball," Trinidad said. "I'm getting support from the older players."
Two former Kamiak assistants who Trinidad previously coached with, Roman Santiago and Jeremy Shankle, have joined his staff. Jay McArthur, an assistant football coach, will be the junior varsity coach.
Trinidad plans to educate his players on the rich history of the program. Kamiak's baseball field is named after Jim Geiger, a longtime Kamiak assistant and youth coach, who was one of Trinidad's mentors.
"No one cares about the success of the program more than I do," Trinidad said. "I want to see this thing succeed."