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Paly's new baseball coach is an old one

Original post made on Jul 1, 2008

The Palo Alto High baseball program has a new coach and an old coach. Actually, he's one in the same – Pete Colombo.


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Comments (12)

Posted by Concerned Paly Parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 1, 2008 at 10:37 pm

As a parent of a recently graduated senior, I am very worried about this decision. I'm not sure if Peter Colombo is ready for this position yet.


Posted by 2002-2004 Players parent, a resident of Professorville
on Jul 2, 2008 at 9:52 am

Pete is an fantastic coach.He knows baseball inside and out and loves the game. He instills selfless team playing values.His fundamental baseball approach is why the 2004 team went as far as they did.Ask any of the players who played for him how they feel.The parents don't play for him-the boys do.I can still see today the skills and values that he taught my son.His passion for the game transfers to the players-he deserves a fresh start.


Posted by mid 40s dude, a resident of another community
on Jul 2, 2008 at 2:02 pm

"Paly's new baseball coach is an old one"......hmmm 41 doesn't seem that old to me.

45 is the new 25


Posted by former Paly parent, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jul 2, 2008 at 3:18 pm

I hope Pete can turn the program around. It's been a mess since he left. There is so much baseball talent in the Palo Alto system that it's a shock to see how poorly Paly does.


Posted by Paly fan, a resident of Southgate
on Jul 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm

Paly, with a true ace pitcher in 2004 (Stringer), an excellent catcher (Ford), a couple of true power hitters, some speed, did the job. However, Colombo was also the coach the following year, and the team did not do as well, becasue thay did not have a true ace, or as much power or speed. These things go up and down.

Paly has a good feeder system, but they lose some top players to the WCAL.

It will be quite a while before see another team like that 2004 team, no matter the coach.


Posted by hopeful, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Good luck Pete!


Posted by Paly Grad, a resident of The Greenhouse
on Jul 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Pete is an excellent choice! Great guy, great coach, great person.

Welcome back, Pete!


Posted by From Someone Who is Saddened, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Oct 8, 2008 at 8:04 pm

The New - Old - Coach has another addition....

Old - New - Old.

He is gone again.

Not Fair to the kids or anyone else....Earl - find someone who will stay....not have an emotional letdown or meltdown or as in DJ's case - leave to pursue other interests....or follow umpires to their cars....

No hate mail please, I was there when that happened.


Posted by Paly fan, a resident of Southgate
on Oct 8, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Earl will make his choice. My suggestion is Tony Brewer, a proven performer and coach. Give him some background support for parent and academic issues. Tony is the real deal. Old school and fair, no nonsence. Very consistent.


Posted by A PALY parent, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Oct 27, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Does this coach really deserve ANOTHER shot at coaching? He's here, he's gone, he's back, he's gone again! Things were beter off when he was gone and gone from teaching as well! So many breaks for this guy, why does he think he deserves it? Enough already! Tony Brewer is a much better candidate and definatly more stable.


Posted by varsity player from '04-'06, a resident of El Carmelo School
on Sep 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Colombo is an excellent coach with strong morals and an excellent work ethic. Tony Brewer is quick to judge yet Colombo takes time to cultivate talent. His tough exterior is nothing compared to his desire to see his players excel.


Posted by Max Pinto, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 28, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I, Max Pinto, had the pleasure of playing for Pete Columbo. He has had a profound positive influence in my life. I hope one day I will be able to give to others what Pete gave to me.


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