Meet our Amazing Coaches!
Varsity Coaching Staff
Kevin Cooper, Head Varsity Coach
Kevin begins his 9th season in the Lava Bear Baseball Program, and his first season as the Skipper! He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later earned his master’s degree at Chapman University. While at Cal Poly he was a three time letter winner in football. This is his 10th year teaching Social Studies at Bend High. Kevin and his wife, Kristin (who is also the Lava Bear Volleyball coach), have a son Kaden, a daughter Kailyn, and a newborn Klayton.
Assistant Varsity Coach, Quinn Clair
Coach Q graduated from Bend High School in 2006 where he was a three-year letterman as a middle infielder. He went on to play baseball at Cuesta College in California and in Fairbanks, Alaska in the ABL. Coach Q graduated college from OSU in 2011 and teaches Science at Bend High. Q also coaches football for the Lava Bears. He’s excited about being back at his alma mater coaching the sports that he loves. Q says BSH is special because of its acceptance of others as well as the family that it creates for all. Character is the concentration. Away from the yard, Coach Q enjoys reading books, working with wood, and elk hunting. He says there is nothing like the bugle of an elk to get your heart going in the early morning light… love!
Chuck Clair, pitching coach has been teaching and coaching baseball for 28 years. He played baseball at Linfield College then coached there after graduation as a JV baseball coach. He was the head coach at Crook County HS for 8 years. He also coached at Newberg HS and was the pitching coach at Bend High for 6 years before a short break.
Chuck went to Bend High School and played both football and baseball there. He is married to Carol and they have three children; Quinn, Chase and Ellis. His hobbies include; baseball, fly tying and fly fishing.
Grew up in Southern California and attended University High School in Los Angeles. He then took a scholarship to Rice University in Houston, twice making it to the College World Series, with Rice achieving a top-5 in the nation ranking through most of the 1999 season. While playing outfield and pitching in high school, he was mostly a middle reliever and closer at the collegiate level. Jesse was named 3rd team All-American his senior year at Rice and was drafted in the 10th round of the Major League Draft by the Kansas City Royals.
After playing 2+ seasons in the Kansas City farm system, he moved on to other pursuits and began teaching. His previous coaching experience includes 2 years as head coach at Richmond High School in Northern California.
Jesse is a recent addition to the Bend community. He moved here with his wife Dr. Regan Gage who is a new Ob/Gyn with East Cascade Women’s Group. They have a 3 year-old daughter, Quinn.
Sal and his sons are celebrating their 19th year of living in Central Oregon. Sal has been coaching baseball at a multitude of levels for 17 of those years, the last 8 of which has been part of the Lava Bear family. In 2008, with much help, he started and coached the 1st Jr. Lava Bear team and has since enjoyed watching the growth of the Jr. Bears program. Sal is proud to be part of the Bend High program and help to develop its student athletes.
Pat McHenry- Varsity Statistician
Entering 4th year of coaching freshmen baseball at Bend High. Prior to that he coached girl’s fastpitch softball at Bend High for 15 years. Graduated from Sunset High school in 1971 before entering the service upon graduation. Played baseball for various units while serving in the Army. Coaching experience includes Little League, Single A and Triple A Legion, one year as head coach for COCC Bobcats, before signing on with Bend High. Pat also has coached freshmen football at Bend High for the past 11 seasons. Married to his wife Debbie of 34 years and has two grown children, Holly and Corey, and two grandsons Connor and Colton.
JV Coaching Staff
Jeff Gillespie- JV Head Coach
Graduated from Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, ID. Jeff lettered in Baseball 3 times, as a Pitcher and Infielder. Received All Conference honors as a Utility player. He also lettered in basketball his senior year, when his team set a school record for wins and finished 3rd in state. Then continued his playing career at Walla Walla Community College as a Pitcher and Infielder, Where his class won an impressive 60 games in 2 years, and got to the East region finals both years. Off the baseball field, Coach Gillespie enjoys golf, and College Football. Jeff is the son of Steve and Kathy Gillespie, has a 20 year old sister, Cara, who plays Volleyball at PLU, and has a 10 year old brother, Alex.
Steve is from Bellingham, WA where he attended Sehome High School played Football, Ski Raced, and played Baseball for legendary Coach Gary Hatch. After High School he attended Wenatchee Valley College to pursue education….and Ski Racing. From 1988 – 2000 he was a PGA Golf Professional where he developed a keen knowledge of Bio-mechanics and Sports Psychology. Since 2000 he has turned his knowledge toward his real passion….Baseball. This will be his 17th season coaching youth Baseball at many levels. He is currently employed as President of Cascade Wireless. Steve is married to wife Kathy; they have three children Jeff, Cara, and Alex. Jeff is also a Coach with the Lava Bears. Cara attends Pacific Lutheran University, where she plays Volleyball, and is currently studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Alex is 11 and a student at Silver Rail Elementary School, and he loves the Mariners.
Favorite Team: Seattle Mariners Favorite Players: Ken Griffey Jr, Alex Rodriguez, and Edgar Martinez
Steve joined the Lava Bear coaching family last summer as an Assistant Coach of our D2 summer team.
Coaching philosophy: Attitude and Effort, require no talent, and can produce great results!
Daughter: Trinity Barudoni
Played: Del Campo High School, Sacramento City College
Coach: Bend High 96 – 99
Work: Assistant Superintendent Broken Top Club
Enjoys watching Trinity play sports and playing golf.
Favorite team: St Louis Cardinals
Favorite Player: George Brett
Colton Sims, Varsity/JV Assistant Coach
Sims was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. He played his high school ball at Earl Wooster High School where he lettered in baseball and basketball for 3 years and graduated in 2010. After high school he went on to play baseball at Lassen Junior College. After his career at Lassen he got a scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University. He was an All-American Second Baseman at both levels. After his playing career was over, he became Coach Sims. He coach baseball at the D-2 level for a year, as well as softball at the D-2 level for a year. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree for Sports Administration. He lives with his beautiful girlfriend Melissa and his dog Ember. When he is not coaching, he loves to golf, hike, fish, snowboard, and play slow pitch softball.
Favorite Sports Teams: Oakland Athletics, Miami Dolphins, San Jose Sharks, and Portland Trailblazers.
“It takes ZERO talent to HUSSLE!!”
“It is impossible to beat someone who never gives up.”
Ian Amman, Head Frosh Coach
Ian Amman grew up in Pittsburgh, PA with his lovely mom Janice and his brother Randy and two sisters, Marsha and Kristen. He started playing little league baseball at 5 for the Beechview Gators and ended his career at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA the home of the fighting Alligators where he played Football. He is currently in his 7th year of teaching Language Arts at the High School level and has coached football for the past 8 seasons