The Marina High School (MHS) Vikings are excited to announce the hiring of their new varsity head baseball coach, Toby Hess. With decades of coaching experience, Coach Hess comes to Marina after most recently serving ten years as Long Beach Polytechnic High School’s head baseball coach.

“We are very excited that Toby Hess will be taking over our baseball program. I have no doubt that Toby is the right person to continue the winning tradition of Marina baseball,” said Marina’s Athletic Director, Michelle Spencer.

As Long Beach Polytechnic’s head baseball coach, Coach Hess led his team to postseason play all ten seasons. In 2011, his team was presented the California Interscholastic Federation’s (CIF) Team Academic Award for having the highest team grade point average (GPA) in Division 1 baseball. In 2012, Coach Hess also guided his team to the school’s first outright Moore League title since 1968. Prior to his time with Long Beach Polytechnic, he held various coaching and community positions including varsity assistant baseball coach, freshmen assistant baseball coach, and recreation leader for the City of Lakewood Summer Day Camp.

“I have nothing but respect for the academic and athletic traditions of Marina High School. I accept this role understanding the high standards of the community and look forward to cooperating with all stakeholders in our student’s success,” stated Coach Hess.

Away from the field, Coach Hess has 20 years of experience as a teacher, having taught social science at Long Beach Polytechnic. He has his bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Coach Hess officially begins at Marina on January 31, 2017.