Bill Gentry, a fixture in the Bakersfield baseball community, and the entire West Coast, for years, joins the CSUB baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach beginning in the 2009 season. He will be involved in many coaching and operational aspects of the program, assisting with both the Roadrunner offense and defense.
Gentry most recently served as the Director of Field Operations for the Bakersfield Blaze, the California League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, in 2008. He also served as the head coach at Bakersfield Christian High School from 2004-08 where he was named CIF Central Section Coach of the Year. Gentry has also coached at Taft College, Liberty High School in Bakersfield and Buena High School in Ventura.
In the professional ranks, Gentry has spent the past eight years as scout in Central and Southern California for the 2006 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Since 2002, he has also served as the head coach of the Southern California St. Louis Cardinals Scout Team, which is comprised of top prospect high school players competing in the MLB Scout League in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
Gentry was signed as a free agent middle infielder by the Pacific Suns Baseball Club of the Western Baseball League (Independent Professional AA) in its inaugural season, and also played seven years of semipro baseball with two different organizations. He also had the opportunity to play internationally as a member of an armed forces all-star team.
A life member of both the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and the Minor League Baseball Alumni Association, Gentry is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association, the National High School Baseball Coaches Association, the National Pitching Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Gentry is the owner of the Pro Player Academy of Baseball and sits on the advisory board for Coast to Coast Baseball. He has coached in the Coast to Coast International Baseball Program in Puerto Rico and Florida, and has worked the Coastal Pro Sports and Future of America Baseball camps.
Gentry, who earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Concordia College in the Virgin Islands, is retired from a successful 25-year law enforcement career. Gentry has four adult children and resides in Bakersfield with his wife Lynn.