First hurdle cleared for 'Joe Marcos Field' at Don Lugo High – Chino Champion

The varsity baseball field at Don Lugo High School may soon get a name.

“Joe Marcos Field” could become the moniker of the field located on the west side of the school on Roswell Avenue in honor of 30-year coach Joe Marcos, who retired after the 2015 season.

An eight-person Citizens’ Advisory Committee Naming of Facilities approved a request to name the field Wednesday during a meeting at the school district headquarters in Chino. The approval will be sent to school board members, who will first vote on the naming at its Feb. 15 meeting. 

After a 30-day period to allow residents to voice their opinion, a final vote could take place March 15. 

“I could not be more humbled or honored,” said Mr. Marcos, who retired from teaching in 2016 at age 61 after 41 years, all at Don Lugo High. “Serving the students and parents of the Don Lugo community as their baseball coach and athletic director was an absolute privilege. I could not have coached for that long without the selfless support of my wife Teri and family.”

Mr. Marcos’ first job at Don Lugo High School was in 1974 as a walk-on football coach with John Monger, who later moved to Chino High School, where the football field is named in his honor.

His first baseball coaching position was an assistant to head coach Dallas Flisher, and later to Gary Weiberg.

In 1985, Mr. Marcos became head baseball coach, a position he held for 30 years.

During that time, Mr. Marcos recorded 511 wins and 10 league championships, including league titles in each of his last four seasons.

Forty of Mr. Marcos’ players were drafted by Major League Baseball teams, including 1979 selection Richard Yett, 1986 1st-round pick Anthony Clements and 2000 1st-round pick Chad Cordero.

If approved, the Don Lugo High stadium will become the second Chino Valley Unified baseball stadium to be named after a former successful coach. 

Chino High’s stadium was named for Bob Sheehan on June 2, 2013. Coach Sheehan was Cowboys’ head coach from 1983 to 2010, winning 483 games.

It would be the first facility at Don Lugo High to be named for a former coach. 

Chino High has John Monger Field at Chino Veterans Memorial Stadium, Joe Murillo Court and Frank Elder gymnasium. No facilities are named for coaches at Ayala or Chino Hills high schools.  

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