Chris DeFreece – Pitching Coach
Coach Chris DeFreece begins his 4th year on the Taft College coaching staff after a six year stint as the infield and hitting coach at Shasta College in Northern California. Chris graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1984 where he was an all-conference shortstop and quarterback. After high school, Chris went on to Sacramento State University where he played both football and baseball. After redshirting his freshman year in football, Coach DeFreece decided to move to baseball fulltime. In the fall of 1985, Coach DeFreece was named baseball’s Most Improved Player as a freshman even after switching and learning a new position, catcher.
During the 1986 season, Coach DeFreece’s Hornet baseball team accomplished an NCAA D2 Western Regional Championship and qualified for the D2 College World Series in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2017, his College World Series team was inducted into the Sacramento State Hall of Fame. During his playing time at Sacramento State, Chris was both a catcher and infielder.
After graduating from Sacramento State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, Coach DeFreece began a 30-year career in United States federal law enforcement. Coach DeFreece has coached baseball at all levels throughout the years.
After leaving Shasta College in 2015 and retiring from law enforcement, Chris came to Taft College where he was the hitting coach and third base coach for the 2016 season. In the 2017 season, Chris moved over to pitching coach as well in addition to his hitting coach duties. With the hiring of JL Buchanan the next season, Chris was able to become the Cougars fulltime pitching coach. During the 2018 season, Chris was instrumental in assisting the team as they made their first playoff run in 23-years.
Coach DeFreece enjoys golf and traveling in the off-season, he is married to Lucy and they have one son, Hayden who played golf for Taft College.