Chris Cicuto has led the Glendale College baseball program since 2004. He is a tenured member of the college’s Health, PE, Athletics, and Kinesiology division and serves as Assistant Athletic Director. Under his leadership the Vaqueros have emerged as one of the top programs in Southern California, capturing five Western State Conference titles and participating in the college’s first ever Final 4 State Championship. Glendale College has been a host site for the CCCAA Regionals on four occasions (2011, 2012, 2015, and 2016) as well as one CCCAA Super-Regional (2015). The baseball team has consistently been ranked in the top ten in Southern California in both the CCCBCA poll and RPI index. 2016 and 2017 saw GCC reach its highest ever regular season and post-season rankings.
In 2011, Coach Cicuto was named the American Baseball Coaches Association Pacific Region Coach of the Year and Southern California Coach of the Year. He has been named Western State Conference Coach of the Year on five occasions and twice named honored with the A.C.E Award for Character and Ethics by the Glendale City Council.
Coach Cicuto attributes the success of the program to the mantra passed down to him by his father John Cicuto (Men’s A.D. & Head Football Coach 1989-2006) and Jim Sartoris:
“Being part of the Vaquero Athletic Program is like being part of a new family, a family that is dedicated to helping young men and women mature Socially, Academically and Athletically.”
Maintaining Glendale’s strong reputation for transferring student-athletes (over 75% since 2004) remains Coach Cicuto’s highest priority. The program has produced numerous scholarship athletes, all-conference standouts, and All-American across all levels of baseball. During the 2017 baseball season alone nearly thirty former Vaqs were playing either at the 4-year or professional levels (12 NCAA DI, 5 NCAA DII, 3 NCAA DIII, 5 NAIA, 3 MiLB, 1 MLB).
Cicuto began coaching at Glendale as an assistant to Jon Strauss in 2001. He helped guide the Vaqs to a school record in wins (34) and the program’s first ever back-to-back conference titles (2001 & 2002). Prior to being named head coach, Cicuto spent the summer as an assitant with the Chatham A's in the prestigious Cape Cod League under legendary John Schiffner. Cicuto graduated from UC Riverside in 2011, where he played baseball under legendary head coaches Jack Smitheran and then assistant coach Doug Smith. Prior to UCR, he competed for two years at Ventura College, under head coach Don Adams and was an All-WSC selection in 1998. Cicuto prepped at Agoura High School where he was an All-Marmonte League and All-Ventura County catcher in 1996.
Along with his BA from UC Riverside, Coach Cicuto holds an MA in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife Kelly are proud parents of their two children Samantha (’09) and Jackson (’11).