Alex Cherney is entering his eleventh year as the Head Baseball Coach at Scottsdale Community College. In his first ten years, the Artichokes have compiled a 330-250 record. The Artichokes have won the Region I Championship, the Southwest District Championship, and earned berths in the NJCAA II World Series in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2015. The 2007 squad finished third at the World Series, and the 2009 club earned a second place finish. As the head coach, more than 40 of his players have signed letters of intent with NCAA Division I schools. Seven of his ten teams have earned Academic All-America honors, and 19 individuals have earned Academic All-America awards. He has coached 21 All ACCAC conference players, and four players have earned Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Five of his current players are playing professional baseball in minor league organizations. Cherney played his collegiate baseball at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he was a three time All- Midwest conference selection while earning his Bachelor’s degree in history. Before becoming the head coach at SCC, he was an assistant coach at South Mountain Community College for three years. Cherney came to SCC in the fall of 2000 where he served under Ed Yeager as an assistant for five years before Yeager’s retirement from coaching. Alex holds a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Arizona State University. Alex and his wife Jacky live in Scottsdale.
Jon Huizinga returns to the Artichoke coaching staff for his second year, serving as the pitching coach. He played his college baseball at Michigan State 1999-2002 where he was both a starter and reliever. After going undrafted, he started his pro career in the independent leagues, Zinger overcame what was called a career ending arm injury in 2004 to continue pitching for 10+ seasons professionally for independent leagues, in Mexico, and in the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. Jon and his wife Brittany have two children, Maecyn and Zander, and reside in Phoenix.