PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College Head Baseball Coach Tom Arrington nabbed his 1,000th career win on April 29 with a 7-3 victory over Alvin Community College.
Arrington is in his 22nd season as San Jac's head coach. In that time, he has led the Gators to 12 National Junior College Athletic Association JUCO World Series appearances, including six in the national title game, culminating as the national runner-up in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2016, and 2017. His 40 wins and 64 total games at the JUCO World Series is an all-time record.
Arrington can also add "Hall of Fame" to his signature, as the veteran coach entered the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018. And earlier this year, he was nominated for Houston Sports Award's Coach of the Year alongside Astros manager Dusty Baker, University of Houston football head coach Dana Holgorsen, and University of Houston men's basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson.
"Winning 1,000 games is the result of trying to be the best that we can be on a daily basis," said Arrington. "I have been fortunate over the last 20-plus years to work with extremely talented young men who commit themselves to hard work and achieving a high level of play that is characteristic of San Jac baseball. I am very thankful to the assistant coaches who have been right alongside me in the development and achievement of our team. I am also grateful to San Jacinto College for the opportunity of coaching and educating these young men."
Arrington began his coaching career in 1991 at the College of Mateo. Later came stops at San Francisco State University and College of Marin. In 2000, Arrington arrived in Houston as San Jac's assistant coach, where he focused on the pitchers. He was named head coach nearly two seasons later and athletic director for the San Jacinto College North Campus in 2011. The Mill Valley, California, native began his playing career at College of Marin, where he was an all-conference selection. He then played two years at Texas A&M University, where he earned two letters, was all-conference, and was named the Southwest Conference tournament MVP. He also earned the C.E. "Pat" Olsen MVP award. Arrington played professionally for the Triple A team of the Texas Rangers; in Guadalajara, Mexico; for the Salt Lake Trappers; and the Single A farm team of the Montreal Expos.
San Jac currently stands at 38-17 on the season (25-10 in Region XIV play) and has secured its spot as the 2022 Region 14 South Champions with doubleheader wins over Alvin Community College. The team is heading into the Region XIV Tournament at Andy Pettitte Park on San Jac's North Campus May 6-8, 2022.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top five community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College spans five campuses serving approximately 41,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's.