Pat McGee
Pat McGee
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 626-585-7801
Year: 9th Season in 2024
Events: 2019, 2017 South Coast Conference Champions
Previous College Athletic Achievements: South Coast Conference 2016-17 Men's Sports Coach of the Year, SoCal Playoff Appearances, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023


Only the 11th head coach in the history of Lancers baseball, it took Pat McGee just three seasons to change the entire face of the Pasadena City College program, turning a perennial doormat into conference champions and a regular in the postseason. His ability to teach players the value of fundamentally-sound baseball has resonated in his time thus far directing the Lancers. In 2024, McGee will be in his ninth season in charge of the program and 10th year at PCC.

In McGee's last five complete seasons in the dugout from 2017-2019 and 2022-2023, PCC has a winning record of 127-82 for a .608 percentage. The Lancers posted 25 or more victories in four of those seasons (23 in 2018), and PCC made the SoCal Regional Playoffs in all five, winning at least one game in four of the playoff seasons. This is after the program had not reached the playoffs previously for 45 years and had just one 20-win season between 1973 and 2016.

In 2023, McGee coached the Lancers to the most South Coast Conference victories ever by a PCC team with 17 as they took second place, in contention for the title by the final day of the regular season. PCC won the season series, two games-to-one, v. SCC champion El Camino. McGee's Lancers included the program's most-ever selections to the All-SCC First Team, led by conference Most Valuable Player in pitcher-rightfielder Jakob Guardado. He guided the play of All-SCC first baseman and SCC hits/RBI leader in Jake Trabbie, gold glove leftfielder Aryonis Harrison, state #2-ranked in saves closer Rider Gardner, and slugging third baseman Toshiki Kuriya

Guardado had the distinction of throwing two complete-game, 9-inning victories in the same calendar week and twice was named the SoCal Region Player of the Week. Guardado became the fifth McGee player to be selected PCC Men's Athlete of the Year (all sports) in 2022-23.

Trabbie set a new PCC single season record for doubles (20) while Harrison broke the record for walks drawn with 42 while coming within one run scored of tying the runs record. 

McGee has sent 59 players to 4-year university baseball programs in his tenure. 

In 2022, McGee coached the Lancers to the most victories by a PCC team since 1951 with 28. That's the third most victories in a season in school history other than the 30-5 team of 71 years ago and a 29-win team in 1949. Both were directed by Coach John C. Thurman, who was also head coach when the legendary Jackie Robinson played two seasons for Pasadena Junior College in 1937-38.

The Lancers finished in fourth place in the South Coast, but won both of their series (2-1) v. SCC co-champions Mt. San Antonio and Long Beach City College. In the SoCal Regional Playoffs, the the #12 seeded Lancers rallied to win the middle game and stretched state semifinalist and #5 seed Palomar to three games before being eliminated. 

McGee coached in '22 his fifth ABCA All-American in shortstop Raider Tello, who broke four school batting records including most RBI (53), most hits (77), and most doubles (19). Tello also was named All-State. Relief pitcher Benny Olguin (led the South Coast Conference in ERA at 2.51) and centerfielder Max Blessinger were selected to the All-Southern California Region Team. Tello was named the PCC Men's Athlete of the Year in 2021-2022

Blessinger, who set the school's new runs scored record with 53, was the CCCSIA State Men's Athlete of the Month in March, the first time any PCC male student-athlete won the presitigious award since 2007. Blessinger's 48 RBI would have snapped the single-season record if not for Tello and his 67 hits were tied for third most in PCC history. In March, his 30 RBI set a school record for most RBI in a single month.

Coach McGee, as well as all PCC coaches, had the entire 2020-2021 sports season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the abbreviated 2020 season cut short due to the health crisis, McGee picked up his milestone 100th victory. Milestone 100th Win

In 2019, McGee directed the Lancers to their second SCC North Division title in three years and third straight appearance in the SoCal Regional Playoffs. PCC (26-16) hosted and won a play-in round game v. Citrus as the region's #15 seed. McGee's recruits took home the hardware at the SCC Coaches postseason meeting. Freshman centerfielder Gabriel Arellano was named the Co-MVP of the SCC North while sophomore pitcher Gordon Ingebritson was chosen SCC North Pitcher of the Year, the first time a Lancer has ever received such an honor. PCC won 20 or more games for the third consecutive season, a feat not accomplished since the 1960s.

Arellano broke three PCC single-season records including most hits in a season (75), most runs scored (46) and most at-bats (190). Ingebritson (6-4, 3.41 ERA) became PCC's all-time mound wins leader with 13 over his two seasons. Patrick Pena smashed the modern-day, PCC single-season record for most pitching wins with 9 and the All-SCC selection led PCC in starters ERA at 2.59. All-SCC First Team third baseman Marco Martinez established a new Lancers record for most walks in a season in drawing 36. Ingebritson's 76 strikeouts were the second most in a season (record is 78 by Zack Kalter in 2004).

Both Arellano and Martinez were selected as All-Americans and the duo along with Ingebritson each were named All-State. The three selections were the most of any SoCal college. Arellano was the 2018-2019 PCC Men's AOTY.

Catcher Cole Pilar was selected to the All-SCC First Team while leftfielder Edward Manzo (a 2-time all-conference player), Pena, pitcher Lorenzo Llorens, and shortstop Ryan Lewis (also twice all-conference) were Second Team choices.

The Lancers offense was the most productive in the 21st century. PCC 12 times won games by 10 or more runs. Six times the Lancers reached at least 16 runs scored. PCC averaged 7.5 runs a game (314 overall, beating his teams' previous high by more than 100 runs) and batted a McGee-coached high .303. The team's .416 on-base percentage was #7 in the state and PCC's 83 times hit by a pitch was 10th in the state. The pitching was also McGee-best with a state #11 ERA of 3.33.

McGee has sent 37 players to scholarships at the 4-year university level, including a new high of nine from the '19 team. Two of the most prominent transfers under McGee were Shortstop Alex Briggs as an early signee from the '17 class, earning a scholarship to NCAA Division I Long Island University-Brooklyn (New York) and Andres Kim (2017) by D1 South Carolina Upstate. The '19 signings were highlighted by Ingebritson who was an early signee with UC Irvine. 

In 2018, McGee coached the Lancers to another 20-plus win season at 23-20. In 2018, starting pitchers Ingebritson and Nathan Garkow along with Manzo were All-SCC First Team choices. Shortstop Jose Jimenez and second baseman Lewis made it All-SCC Second Team.

McGee became just the third PCC head coach to ever be named the South Coast Conference All-Sports Coach of the Year (2016-17 season). 

Named the South Coast Conference North Division Coach of the Year, McGee achieved many firsts for the program in 2017. He directed the Lancers to the first conference title by a PCC team in 45 years and the first in PCC's 32-year history as a member of the SCC. The team won 26 games, achieving the first 20-win season since 2001. PCC went 15-7 to win the North Division championship, the most conference victories by a Lancers team in their South Coast history.

The Lancers first trip to the postseason in nearly half-a-century resulted in hosting a Southern California Regional First Round series as the No. 7 seed. PCC swept No. 10 Riverside City College, a team that featured the region's No. 5-rated team in RPI. Pasadena advanced to the Super Regionals Second Round, losing to eventual state semifinalist El Camino College. PCC finished with an impressive No. 12 ranking on the final CCCSIA State Top 20 Poll.

In 2016-17, McGee coached All-American Third Team selection in first baseman Jeremy Conant, who became the first South Coast Most Valuable Player in PCC history. Conant was also named All-State, Pacific Association All-Region and the 2016-17 PCC Men's AOTY. It was the second year in a row that a McGee-coached player won that award as another first baseman Joe Quire was the 2015-16 winner.

Conant and second baseman Kim (All-State, All-Region) were the first All-American selections in PCC's baseball history. Both rewrote the baseball program's record book. Conant set then new PCC records for hits in a season (since broken twice), highest batting average (.429, seventh in the state), and most RBI (44, since broken several times). His 128 career hits makes him No. 1 on the school's all-time hits list. Kim set a new PCC record for most runs scored in a season with 43 (since broken twice). 

McGee's Lancers placed more players on the All-SCC North Team--eight--than any other PCC squad in its South Coast history. On the First Team were Conant, Kim, starting pitchers Race Gardner, Jesse Hanckel, rightfielder Shane Ogata, and designated hitter Anthony Fickewirth. Making SCC Second Team were shortstop Briggs and centerfielder John Bicos

The 2016 Lancers made a 3-win improvement from McGee's rookie season and began with a 3-0 start, the best beginning to a PCC season since 1965. For the first time in 13 years, two Lancers were selected to the 2016 All-South Coast Conference First Team in Quire and then freshman designated hitter Conant. Quire was the conference's slugging leader with a .614 SPCT in SCC only games. Conant was fifth in the state in overall hits with 61. 

McGee's first 2015 Lancers squad won 10 games, but it marked more than double the wins recorded in the previous two seasons combined and the most by a PCC team since 2011. The team's 7-14 South Coast Conference record was the most victories in conference by a PCC squad since 2008 and the team's seventh place finish was the first time the program had finished out of the SCC cellar in seven years. A tough 5-4 loss in the season finale prevented the Lancers from finishing in fifth place. PCC won three SCC 3-game series including triumphs over Mt. San Antonio and East Los Angeles, two programs that had won the previous three SCC titles from 2012-14. It had been 11 years since a Lancers team accomplished that feat. 

After 15 years of experience as an assistant coach at the college and amateur levels, PCC is the first head coaching assignment for McGee. He served as an assistant coach for the Chatham Athletics (Mass.) in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League in 2011-12. He previously coached in that summer amateur league from 2004 to 2008. 

In the CCBL, McGee worked with many current Major League players and more than 200 NCAA Division I talents. Among his pupils were 2016 National League MVP Kris Bryant (now with the Colorado Rockies) and MLB 3-time All-Star and 2008 American League Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria, currently playing for the San Francisco Giants. 

Thirty-four of his players reached MLB including former 2-time All-Star Todd Frazier and Carlos Fisher (Cincinnati), All-Star/Gold Glove winner Kyle Seager (Seattle), 4-time AL pitching appearances leader #Bryan Shaw and David Huff (Cleveland), #Collin McHugh (Atlanta), All-Star/ALCS MVP Andrew Miller and Jermaine Curtis (St. Louis), All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey (now with Baltimore), #Dominic Leone (San Francisco), 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan (Florida Marlins), 2015 AL Saves leader #Brad Boxberger and Rob Wooten (Milwaukee), the first Brazilian-born player in MLB history and All-Star #Yan Gomes (Chicago Cubs), Allan Dykstra and Justin Marks (Tampa Bay), Tommy Milone (Toronto), Charles Brewer (Arizona), Danny Espinosa, Sammy Solis, and Corey Brown (Washington), Alex White and Brooks Brown (Colorado), Grant Green (LA Angels), Adam Warren and David Hale (New York Yankees), Tim Federowicz (LA Dodgers), Jared Hughes and Alex Presley (Pittsburgh), Bobby Parnell (New York Mets), Zach Putnam (Chicago White Sox), and Chris Getz (Kansas City). #-current team still playing in MLB.

McGee was part of several winning programs at the California Community College level, including assistant coaching a Western State Conference champion at Citrus College (2003), two Foothill Conference title teams at Chaffey College (2007-2008), and assisting Mt. San Antonio on its way to the 2012 South Coast Conference crown.

At the university level, he was a member of the coaching staff on the 2002 Golden State Athletic Conference champion team at APU where he coached from 2000-2002. He also coached at the University of La Verne from 1998-2000. 

After attending Victor Valley High, McGee played two seasons as an all-conference infielder at San Diego City College. He transferred on scholarship to APU and played two seasons, twice named as an All-GSAC player. He later earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in physical education at APU.

"As a product of the community college level myself, I know how important that experience was to help me with the transition out of high school to the college level," McGee said. "I feel student-athletes look forward to being developed academically and athletically. I expect the players here at PCC to work hard and make the commitment needed to get them to the next level. My hope is for them to be great people on and off the field.

"I want to be a resource for them and I take pride in that responsibility as their coach. I've prepared my whole life to have this opportunity, and it's a dream come true to receive the chance to build a program as a head coach. Pasadena City College is part of a tremendous community and there's no better city in the San Gabriel Valley than Pasadena."

The coach has a 160-142 career record (.530) at PCC, 92-73 (.558) in South Coast Conference games.

McGee is married to his wife Jen and the couple has two children in Brody and Carson. The McGee family lives in Upland.