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Dennis Luquet enters his first season as head coach of the Vikings. 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.
Luquet and his wife Marianne reside in Walnut Creek along with their son Gared and daughter Caitlin.
Contact Coach Luquet: DLuquet@dvc.edu
925-685-1230 x2744 Office
Matt North, a former professional minor league pitcher is entering his first 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.
Craig Chipman, a former collegiate and professional minor league player with 20 years of coaching experience spanning the high school and college levels, is entering his fourth year coaching at Diablo Valley College and first year as a full time assistant coach.
Craig was a part time catcher’s instructor at DVC from 2009 to 2011 under former head coach Mike Neu, while also coaching at Deer Valley High School (2008-2012) under Coach Luquet. Chipman’s vast experience includes roles as an Assistant Coach at high schools and colleges in Southern California, Minnesota and Michigan as well as USA Baseball in Texas.
Originally from Southern California, Chipman graduated from Corona High School with All-League and All Riverside County honors as a catcher. He attended Riverside City College where he earned first team All- Conference as well as a scholarship to play at California Baptist University. While at Cal Baptist, Craig signed his first minor league contract in a pro career that spanned 6 seasons, ending with a final season in the independent Northwoods League. Craig has also performed as an associate scout for three MLB teams.