Nate Devine returns to the Blue Devil dugout for his 11th season (8 as assistant coach and one as head coach) and the new head coach of the Blue Devils. During the 2012-13 academic year Head Coach Chris Pedretti was away on sabbatical and Nate was made the interim head coach. Nate compiled a 22-14 record and a birth in the Regional Playoffs. Nate more than five years experience as the pitching coach for the Blue Devils. Prior to coming back to Merced, Nate coached four years at University of LaVerne while working on his MBA. He coached outfielders, hitters and pitchers. The ULV pitching staff led the conference his last two years, and won conference titles both years.
Nate is a native of Sonora, CA, and a graduate of Sonora High School before coming to Merced College. Graduating from Merced in 1998 Nate continued his playing career and academics at the University of LaVerne. As a senior he was selected Team Most Inspirational Player. Nate received a B.S. degree in business administration from ULV. While coaching baseball, he is a full-time life-fitness instructor at MC. Nate currently lives in the Merced area.
Chris Pedretti until the end of last spring was the head baseball coach that spanned 35 years. His Blue Devil teams have competed in post-season play 22 times. They have won four conference championships (1983, 1985, 2009, 2011, and 2017). In 2009, Chris was selected Northern California Coach-of-the-Year. Chris Pedretti stands among a select group of former and current CCC baseball coaches that have won more than 800 games (840). He is the only current and former Blue Devil Coach with at least 800 wins in a single sport. Chris had been the Central Valley Conference baseball coaches Representative to the state’s Baseball Coaches Association (CCCBCA) for the last 31 years. Twenty-four of his Blue Devil players have signed professional baseball contracts, including three-time National League All-Star relief pitcher Brian Fuentes, and current Major League pitcher Doug Fister.
Chris graduated from Turlock high in 1975. He was the starting second-baseman of the 1976 and 1977 state champion teams at Merced College. His sophomore season, he was named the MVP of the state division II JC’s and was also selected to the coaches All-America squad. After Merced, he accepted a scholarship at San Jose State, where he was team MVP & All-Conference for his senior season, 1979. After graduation, he coached a year at SJSU. He returned to Merced as an assistant to Butch Hughes. He spent the 1981 season in Italy as a player-coach for the San Martino B.A. Red Devils. He earned a teaching credential from Cal State Stanislaus in the spring of 1982 while coaching sophomore baseball at Turlock High. He was brought back to Merced College as adjunct head coach in the fall of 1982. He was awarded a masters degree in counseling from the University of San Francisco in 1989 and hired full-time as head baseball coach and academic counselor in 1990.
Chris currently coordinates the Athlete Academic Success Program at MC. He took the 2013 spring semester as a sabbatical, visiting more than 20 California community colleges and universities, learning how various schools allocate resources in support of the academic success of their athletes. He presented his findings to the MCCD Board of Trustees, which in turn made the Athletic Academic Success Program part of the school’s Student Success Program. His work has registered. Merced College athletes currently have one of the highest graduation and transfer rates of any cohort on the MC campus.
Chris and his wife Michelle, an elementary educator for more than 35 years, recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary. They have four children, all college graduates. Mikella (UC Berkeley), Joel (Merced College, University of Oklahoma), Tynan (Merced College, Univ. of Hawaii, CSU Stanislaus), and Alessandria (Merced College, UC Berkeley). His son Tynan until last year was on the coaching. He was named head baseball coach at Merced High School before the 2017-18 school year.
Jason Ingraham played on the 1997 and 1998 Blue Devil teams. The 1997 team came within a couple of outs of making it to the state championships losing in the super regional championship game. He is a former 1st Team All-CVC selection, and a two-year player at CSU, Stanislaus. He graduated from CSUS with a BA degree in Physical Education.
Ceres High School was his first coaching stop as the school’s freshman baseball coach. He moved to Hughson High School in 2002, and for three years was an assistant coach. His first intercollegiate coaching was at CSU Stanislau from 2005 to 2009, where he coached the infield, and hitting. Since 2010 Jason has coached on traveling teams, and given private lessons to some of the elite players in the area. Jason coaches the Blue Devil infielders, and hitters. Jason and his wife Jasmine live in Turlock with their two small children son Evan (4-years old), and daughter Avery (2-years old).