Ryan Garko was named the 18th head coach of Pacific on July 25, 2017.
Garko resigned his position as the manager of the Tulsa Drillers, the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers to accept the head coaching job with Pacific. Garko has been the manager of the Drillers since September of 2015, managing players in the Dodgers system such as Cody Bellinger, Andrew Toles, Grant Dayton and Brock Stewart.
He spent parts of six seasons in Major League Baseball with the Cleveland Indians (2005-2009), San Francisco Giants (2009) and Texas Rangers (2010), helping the Rangers to the 2010 AL Pennant. He hit .275 in the big leagues with 55 career home runs and 250 RBI to go with a .781 OPS as a first baseman, occasional outfielder and designated hitter.
Garko spent the 2011 season with the Samsung Lions in the Korean Baseball Organization, helping the Lions to the KBO championship.
He was a spring training invitee with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, and was assigned to the Montgomery Biscuits. In 2013 he received an invitation to spring training with the Colorado Rockies and turned to coaching after he didn’t make the big league roster.
Garko was named an assistant coach at Stanford in August of 2013 and spent a year with the Cardinal as first base coach, recruiting coordinator, and instructor for developing hitters, infielders and catchers. The Cardinal came within a game of the College World Series in 2014, with 11 of his players that season went on to sign professional contracts.
While at Stanford, Garko helped land two recruiting classes that were nationally ranked by Perfect Game and Baseball America, and worked with both the Stanford Admissions office and the Athletic Academic Resource Center at Stanford to bring student-athletes with both athletic and academic talent to Stanford.
Garko earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a focus in Politics, Policy and Economics at Stanford in 2003. He played at Stanford for three years, earning 2003 Co-Pac 10 Player of the Year, the 2003 Biff Hoffman Award, the 2003 Johnny Bench Award. He was an All-American in 2003 and a 2002 All Pac-10 selection. In 2011, he was named to the NCAA’s College World Series Legends Team.
He and his wife Christie have two children, Olivia (born in 2013) and James (born in 2015).
Centanni served as an assistant baseball coach for Pacific during the 2015 season and returns to the coaching the staff after being with the San Diego State Aztecs where he was the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons. While with the Aztecs, Centanni worked closely with pitching coach Sam Peraza who, throughout Peraza’s career, produced four conference Pitchers of the Year and nine All-Americans.
During his time coaching the pitching staff, two Aztecs finished with the best ERA in the Mountain West Conference while two San Diego State pitchers finished in the top five for wins in the conference in 2017. The Aztec pitching staff also paved the way to an NCAA tournament appearance after SDSU won the Mountain West Conference tournament last season.
The Pacific alum spent four seasons playing for the Tigers as an all-around talent as he starred as the Tigers' ace on the pitching staff, designated hitter, outfielder and first baseman. He earned two All-Big West selections throughout his career including second team honors as a utility player as a senior in 2009. After his baseball career at Pacific, Centanni signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 and played one season in the Minor Leagues before retiring due to an arm injury.
Centanni also worked as an associate scout for the Orioles in the San Diego Area. As a part of the Orioles, Centanni spent time recruiting a number of high school athletes to play for the Fall Scout Ball program.
The San Diego native earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications from Pacific in 2009 and received his master’s degree in Organizational Management from Ashford University in 2011.
Chris Rodriguez joined the UOP baseball staff in 2018 coming from Junior College powerhouse Delta College. While at San Joaquin Delta, Rodriguez worked primarily with the catchers and oversaw the development of 11 players that went on to play professionally and helped numerous other catchers to scholarships at the Division I level.
From 2007 to 2012, Rodriguez worked at Modesto Junior College both as the program's head coach from 2009-12 and as an assistant from 2007-09. Rodriguez also played for two seasons at Modesto Junior College before being drafted into the Rockies organization in 1996. Rodriguez reached High A ball when he played for the Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League before ending his playing career.
Rodriguez earned an associate's degree from MJC, a bachelor's degree from Stanislaus State and went on to pursue and complete a master's degree in sports coaching from the United Sports Academy.
Garrett DeGallier enters his first season as a member of the UOP coaching staff in 2019. DeGallier joins the Tigers after serving the previous four seasons as a graduate assistant/ assistant coach recruiting coordinator at Concordia University, Portland. While at Concordia, DeGallier served as outfield and hitting coach from 2015 through the 2019 season, also earning his Masters in Business Administration from Concordia. Within his first two years of recruiting DeGallier coached and recruited four players receiving all GNAC honors, including one All West Region Selection.
Previous to Concordia, DeGallier spent two seasons playing the outfield for the University of South Alabama. DeGallier was apart of the 2015 Jaguar team that won the SunBelt Conference. DeGallier graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. DeGallier, a Seattle native, spent two years prior to South Alabama at Tacoma Community College, playing the outfield for the Titans.