Sheldon Watkins has been named the new head baseball coach at Patrick Henry High School. He is excited to be returning to his alma mater where he graduated in 2000.
Coach Watkins graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2005 and began his coaching career at Mira Mesa High School where he served as the Associate Head Coach for 5 seasons and won three Eastern League Championships. In between his time at Mira Mesa, Coach Watkins was the hitting coach at Indiana University from 2007-2008 in the Big Ten Conference. Coach Watkins heavily recruited the state of California and oversaw an offense that led the Big Ten in hitting.
After moving back to San Diego, Coach Watkins finished his teaching credential and was named the Head Coach at Castle Park High School in 2011. Following the 2011 season, Coach Watkins was named the Head Coach at Rancho Buena Vista High School (2012-2015) where he was also a physical education teacher. In Sheldon’s first year at RBV, he led the Longhorns to a 27-9 record and the Division I Championship where they lost 1-0 to the eventual State Champion, Vista High School.
In Sheldon’s second year, he led the Longhorns to the semi-finals of the Open Division. During his time at RBV alone, 7 players went on to play baseball at Division I colleges and 5 at the Division II level. Throughout his 11 years of coaching at the high school level, Coach Watkins has had 3 players drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft and has sent over 20 players to the collegiate level.
Coach Watkins lives in the community of San Carlos with his wife Chelsey (PHHS c/o 2000) and daughter Kennedy.