2020 baseball season brought San Joaquin Delta coach Peters his 700th win

2020 baseball season brought San Joaquin Delta coach Peters his 700th win

(Courtesy San Joaquin Delta College)

STOCKTON - The second game of a doubleheader sweep against Feather River College on Feb. 8, a 14-2 win, brought San Joaquin College baseball coach Reed Peters his milestone 700th career win. It was another step in an impressive career that's made Peters one of the top coaches in the state.

Peters started as head baseball coach at San Joaquin Delta in 2008. With more than 25 years of collegiate experience, he's established the Mustangs as one of the top programs in the state. In his 12 seasons (376-164), the Mustangs have been a model of consistency reaching the CCCAA Elite Eight nine times and the Final Four seven times, including five of the past six years.

The Mustangs won a state championship in 2011 and 2018 and were were runners-up in 2009, 2014 and 2015. During his tenure, he's coached 14 All-Americans, 29 professional players, 83 Division I transfers, 37 Division II transfers and 35 NAIA transfers. Coach Peters has been named the Big 8 coach of the year four times, Northern California Coach of the year twice and ABCA National Coach of the Year once (2018).

2019: Final Four, Big 8 Champions. #1 NORCAL Ranking. #11 Perfect Game National Ranking

2018: State Champion. #1 NORCAL ranking. #2 Perfect Game National Ranking. Big 8 Champions. Junior College National Coach of the Year

2017: Elite 8 Finalist. #5 NORCAL ranking. #23 Perfect Game National Ranking

2016: Third consecutive Final Four Appearance. #4 NORCAL ranking.

2015: State Runner Up. #3 National Ranking by Perfect Game. Big 8 Champions. 28 game win streak

2014: State Runner Up. #5 National Ranking by Perfect Game. Big 8 Champions

2013: Elite 8 Finalist: #3 NORCAL Ranking

2011: State Champion. #4 National Ranking by Perfect Game

2009: State Runner Up. #39 National Ranking by Perfect Game

2008: 1st Playoff Appearance for Delta in 20 years

Before joining Delta College, Coach Peters enjoyed success at all of his previous stops. In Peters' four seasons at Feather River College, he compiled impressive totals which include a 107-58 record, two conference championships, four straight top 20 rankings, everal playoff appearances, three coach of the year honors (2005, 2006, & 2007), and an unprecedented 25-0 Golden Valley Conference record in 2007.

From 1999-2003, he was on staff at the Air Force Academy. After spending 1999 as an assistant coach, Peters took over as head coach from 2000-2003. The 2002 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year, Peters won more conference games than any other Falcon coach in their first three seasons. Peters won 28 league games in three seasons, passing the record of Joe Robison and Eric Campbell, who each won 24. Peters won 73 games from 2000-02, the second-most by a Falcon baseball coach in their first three years. Peters led the Falcons to back-to-back 23-win seasons in 2000 and 2001 and to 27 in 2001. In all he won 88 games in four years at the Academy.

Peters' coaching career began at his alma mater, UNLV, where he was an assistant coach. In 1994, he left UNLV to take the head coaching job at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. In his four seasons at Colby, Peters posted a 123-80 record for a .600 winning percentage. In his first season, he led the Trojans to the Region VI Championship, the first and only championship in the school's 50-plus years. His 1996 team was the west sub-region runner-up while his 1997 team was the west region conference runner-up.

A 1984 graduate of Cherry Creek High School in Denver, CO he was one of only three people in the school's history to earn four varsity letters in baseball. A member of Cherry Creek's first state championship teams in football and baseball, Peters received all-state honors in both sports, and was inducted into the Cherry Creek High School Hall of Fame in 2006. He earned three letters playing centerfield at UNLV from 1985-87, while starting and playing every inning of every game prior to signing professionally after his junior year. Peters earned All-Big West honors in 1986 and 1987 and led the league in home runs with 18 in 1987. Peters was equally impressive in the classroom as he earned GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors in 1986. Peters earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from UNLV in 1992 and his Masters Degree in Sports Administration from the United States Sports Academy in 2005.

Following his collegiate career, Peters was a 12th-round draft choice of the California Angels in June, 1987. He played five years in the Angels' organization: 1987 Salem, Oregon (Short A), 1988 Palm Springs, Calif., (High A), 1989 Midland, Texas (AA) and 1990 and 1991 Edmonton, Alberta (AAA). He then spent two seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization playing for Shreveport, La. (AA) and the Phoenix Firebirds (AAA) in 1992. He spent the entire 1993 season with the Firebirds, followed by a season of winter ball in San Pedro de Marcoris of the Dominican Republic. He finished his professional career hitting over .300 four times. Most of his time was in the outfield, however he played all nine positions during his pro career.

Colby Community College 123-80
Air Force Academy 88-134
Feather River College 107-58
San Joaquin Delta College 391-169