Arrington’s 700th career win comes on no-hitter
03.14.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
HOUSTON – San Jacinto College Baseball Head Coach Tom Arrington recorded his 700th career win last month when freshman Jacob Cantleberry threw a no-hitter against Midland College at the Tournament of Champions.
Arrington is in his 17th season at the helm of the San Jacinto College baseball program, which is one of the most storied junior college baseball programs in the country. Arrington has guided his San Jac teams to nine National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series tournaments, including five national runner-up finishes (2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2016).
“These wins are a tribute to our players, those who have played here as well as our current team, and to our coaching staff,” said Arrington. “Wins are great, but it is equally, if not more important, to help develop our student-athletes so that they become great students, great athletes and great citizens.”
Arrington began his coaching career in 1991 at the College of Mateo before moving on to San Francisco State University and College of Marin. He came to San Jacinto College in 2000 as an assistant coach and was named head coach in 2001.
“We are so proud of all that Tom has accomplished,” said Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives. “He continues to produce well rounded student-athletes that are finding success both on and off the field.”
“I've been a part of some tremendous moments while here at San Jac as an assistant under Tom,” said San Jacinto College Baseball Assistant Coach Kory Koehler. “His 700th victory is as memorable as any. To win 700 games in Region XIV is a feat of its own, but to have it done while your pitcher throws a no-hitter is downright unbelievable!”
San Jac (17-8, 7-2) will host a pair of home games this week. San Jac will face South Suburban Community College today at 3 p.m., and Blinn College on Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. All San Jacinto College baseball home games are played at John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park on the San Jacinto College North Campus.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 finalist and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.