SANTEE, Calif. – The San Diego Christian College Athletic Program and Baseball team would like to announce a transition within the coaching staff.
As of this week, Landon Burt will assume the role as Head Coach effective immediately. Coach Chris Bando will be stepping into the Associate Head Coaching position. This will coincide with his service as Associate Athletic Director for Spiritual Life and Advancement. Coach Bando is still an integral part of the program and will be on the bench coaching, but will be freed up to assist in more of an administrative capacity within the Athletic Department and in discipleship of all student-athletes and coaches.
"We are so grateful for Coach Bando's leadership on and off the field," San Diego Christian Athletic Director Kyle Ferguson said. "We are grateful for what he has given to the baseball program and the development of godly men. Personally, I have been blessed beyond measure by my relationship with him."
Bando lead SDC to its first NAIA World Series appearance in 2014, where the Hawks set a school record in wins with a 42-20 overall record and a 24-12 conference record, resulting in SDC's first ever GSAC Regular Season Championship. He also guided the team to its highest ranking in school history, when they were ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Top 25 Poll in April 2014. For his efforts, Bando earned Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and American Baseball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year.
In 2013, Bando and the Hawks finished with a 39-20 record, doubling their win total from the previous season (19-32 in 2012). SDC fell a game short of the NAIA World Series as they were defeated by The Master's College in the NAIA Opening Round Championship Game.
In his five years as head coach, the Hawks were 118-146.
Burt joined SDC this summer after being the Director of Baseball Operations at San Diego State University.
"We are extremely excited that Coach Burt will get this opportunity with Coach Bando available on staff to help him grow as a coach and as a man," Ferguson said.
Most recently, Burt served as the first base coach and helped the Aztecs win their second-straight Mountain West Championship while earning a spot to the Louisiana Lafayette Regional.