Anthony Scalise, who just guided Shadow Creek to their best season in school history, was hired as the new head baseball coach at Alvin High School on June 24.
Scalise replaces George Banda, who assumed the varsity diamond duties at Goose Creek Memorial. The Yellowjackets advanced to the second round of the playoffs this past spring for the first time since 2014, going 23-6-1 overall and winning the 23-6A crown.
Scalise comes to Alvin with 240 career victories under his belt, having taken Pearland to the stare tournament in 2014. The University of Houston graduate said the short move to another AISD school was made for family reasons.
“It was real hard leaving the kids at Shadow Creek,” Scalise said. “That team is going to go down as one of my better teams as far as team chemistry, fight and grit.
“I just have to do what’s best for my family. We live in Santa Fe and it was a 50-minute drive (to Shadow Creek) and now it will only be an 18-minute trip. It’s a great move and I’m excited. Alvin has always had great kids.“
A 1999 Dobie High School graduate, Scalise played two years at Alvin Community College, earning All-Region XIV Conference honors as a sophomore outfielder in 2001 before going to the University of Houston.
Scalise worked two years at Texas Hardball Academy, while a teaching position at Thompson Intermediate in Pasadena was followed by a varsity football and baseball assistant coaching gig at Pasadena Memorial.
The former ACC Dolphin then moved from Memorial to become a varsity baseball assistant to Ben Pardo in 2009 at Pearland High School and when Pardo was elevated to PISD’s athletic director a few years later, Scalise took over the Oiler baseball reins.
Starting in 2011, Scalise guided the Oilers to the playoffs seven consecutive years with the 2014 squad going 37-5 and advancing to the UIL state tournament with playoff series wins over North Shore, Elkins, Clear Creek, Cy Fair and Brazoswood. Eventual state champ Flower Mound ended the Oilers’ banner season with an 8-1 defeat in the state semifinals.
The 2016 Oilers advanced to the regional semifinals with a 28-7 mark, as well.
While accepting a position with Rice University’s baseball program as a volunteer baseball assistant in 2018 and then getting out of education for a second career in sales, Scalise was ultimately lured back into the high school coaching ranks by Shadow Creek’s open dugout position in 2020.
“God has a way of opening and closing doors for you. He opened and then closed one for me at Rice and when the one opened for me at Shadow Creek, I was sure he put me right where he wanted me to be,” Scalise said.
The Sharks proceeded to post a stellar 24-9 mark for their best season in school history. Entering the playoffs as the second seed from 23-6A with an impressive 11-3 league record, the Sharks topped Clear Springs two games to one in the bi-district round on May 8, while following up with an area round sweep over Summer Creek, May 13-14 in Baytown. Strake Jesuit, who later advanced to the state semifinals, then eliminated the Sharks during the regional quarterfinals.
“23-6A is indeed a grind and you can’t afford an off night,” said Scalise, who will also be coaching against former schools Pearland and Shadow Creek in 2022.”
Scalise is married to Lanae (Perry) Scalise, who’s a member of the 1990’s Alvin Lady Yellowjacket All-Decade Softball Team at third base.
The couple have two children, Lynlee (7) and Ansley (6).
“Lanae’s real excited about being able to come back to the school where she graduated,” Scalise said. “Alvin has a rich baseball tradition and I’m real excited about the chance to coach here.”
Guerra hired as new Sharks’ baseball coach - Replacing Scalise at Shadow Creek will be Jose Guerra, who was hired as the Sharks’ new head baseball coach late last week.
A graduate of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Guerra was a teacher/coach at Valley View High School (2010-2017), spending the last four years as the school’s head baseball coach.
The Valley View program made the playoffs in 2015 under Guerra for the first time since 2004 and advanced to the area round of the playoffs the next two years, as well.
Guerra then came to Alvin ISD in 2018 and served as a teacher/coach at McNair Junior High School in Pearland and also as a volunteer baseball coach at Shadow Creek.
“First of all, it’s a great blessing to get hired as the new baseball coach,” Guerra said. “These are great kids. They go to the batting cages year around and when you see kids with that kind of dedication, it makes a coach salivate.
“The support you get from parents is also great and you couldn’t ask for a better situation community wise.”