Coaches/Staff

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Baseball Coaches and Staff

Head Coach
Steve Ward

Steve Ward has stepped back into the position of head coach of DVC baseball.  He was hired as head coach of baseball 25 years ago, then was named athletic director in 1994, working both as athletic director and head baseball coach.  From 1986-2000, Coach Ward led the team to a 357-273-2 record as head coach and led the team to the Golden Gate Conference Championship in 1989.  In 2000, Ward resigned from the head coach position.  In 2002 he was inducted into the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  In 2005 Ward founded the DVC Athletic Hall of Fame, becoming the Chairperson.  Steve has spent the majority of his career at DVC and has significant accomplishments.  His 15 year record as head coach at DVC is 382-290-2 with 10 State playoff appearances. 

Contact Coach Ward:  925-969-2762 or email: sward@dvc.edu

Assistant Coaches

Dennis Luquet

Dennis Luquet enters his first season as an assistant coach of the Vikings, after serving as Head Coach last season.  Luquet was a very successful high school coach, guiding Deer Valley High School to the North Coast Section playoffs 14 out of15 seasons, earning the Contra Costa Times Coach of the Year in 1998.  Luquet never had a losing season, on his way to 269 wins and 123 losses.  In his 15 seasons at Deer Valley he won the 2003 North Coast Section Championship and was Bay Valley Athletic League Champions or Co-Champions in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2012.  During his tenure, Major League Baseball drafted 13 of his players, along with 19 that received scholarships to 4 year colleges. 

Luquet played two seasons of NCAA Division I Baseball at Northern Illinois University from 1976 to 1977.  He was voted two-time Most Valuable Player.  Luquet grew up in Concord, and attended Ygnacio Valley High School.  He played four seasons of varsity baseball, earning individual awards as a 3 year all-league infielder, 2 years All Contra Costa Times, and Most Valuable Player and All Northern California his senior season.  Luquet began his Viking career as a player for DVC "Hall of Fame" Coach Earnie Cecaci.  In January of 1975, Luquet was drafted in the 5th round by the Philadelphia Phillies.  Luquet was voted Most Valuable Player for the 1975 season by his teammates.  In 2000, he was selected to the Diablo Valley College Baseball All Half-Century Team as an infielder.   

Luquet began his coaching career in 1978 at Northern Illinois University, as an assistant to Walt Owens.  During his two years at N.I.U., Luquet coached hitting and infielders, along with coaching third base.  Luquet received his Bachelors of Science Degree in 1978 and his Masters of Science Degree in 1979.  Luquet then returned to Diablo Valley College in 1979, to coach football and baseball.  After one year at DVC, he took a teaching job in Dublin and a Varsity baseball head coaching position.  He then moved to Antioch to teach and coach J.V. baseball.  In 1990, Luquet became the head coach at Ygnacio Valley High School. He coached the Warriors for 5 seasons before moving on to Deer Valley High School. 

Contact Coach Luquet:     DLuquet@dvc.edu
                                     925-969-2759 Office
                                     925-200-5917 Cell

Matt North

Matt North, a former professional minor league pitcher is entering his second year as Pitching Coach at Diablo Valley College
 
North, a graduate of Deer Valley High School was selected in the 9th round of the 2006 first year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals where he played 5 years in the Cardinals system. He received Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week honors 6/23 – 29 2008 and played 2 years under the instruction of current Cardinals Major League Pitching Coach Derek Lilliquist. In high school Matt was awarded First Team all BVAL honors his Junior and Senior year and was a Puma Pre-Season All American.

Matt was born into baseball as the son of former Major League pitcher and long time scout Jay North. Matt maintains a wealth of knowledge and experience having spent his entire life around baseball with great baseball mentors. 


Dan Parker 

Dan Parker joins the DVC baseball staff after serving as an assistant coach at Napa Valley College from 2011-13.  He has been a head coach at Tamalpais High school from 2004-06, and St Helena High School from 2007-09, he then was an assistant coach at Justin Sienna High School from 2009-11.  Dan is a former 1st Team All-Conference pitcher and outfielder at DVC in 1998-99.  Drafted and signed with the Houston Astros after the 1999 season at DVC.  He pitched 3 years in the Astros minor league system.