Brad Pickler, one of the most respected softball coaches in the nation, begins his 30th season as the Chargers’ head coach. He enters the year with over 1,300 career wins and has led Cypress to a record nine CCCAA State Championships.
Pickler has also led the Chargers to 26 state finals appearances and helped Cypress earn 22 Orange Empire Conference, including last season. His legacy includes directing the Chargers to a record three consecutive state crowns from 1997-1999 with a combined 177-17 mark. Recently, Coach Pickler completed the first ever undefeated State Championship run in CCCAA softball history, finishing the season 48-0.
Pickler arrived at Cypress in 1987 and has turned the softball program it into one of the most successful junior college programs in the United States. He took over a once depleted program and managed to turn it around overnight, earning himself 16 Conference Coach of the Year awards in his 31 seasons as head coach. Coach Pickler has been featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd section after guiding the Chargers to a once 66-5 record during the 1997 State Championship run.
Pickler owns the state record with 9 state championships and will be looking for more as the Chargers seek an unprecedented 10th State Championship. In addition to his eight championships, the Chargers have also placed second (1993 and 2004), third (1992, 1995, 2007), and fourth (1989, 1994, 2002, and 2008) during his tutelage.
Coach Pickler received his Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Fullerton and his Master’s Degree in special education from Cal Lutheran University. He currently resides in Anaheim with his wife Noel, daughter Paige, and son David. Brad’s parents are Betty and Irv. Pickler’s older brother Scott is the head coach of the highly successful baseball team here at Cypress.