Alex Cherney is entering his ninth year as the Head Baseball Coach at Scottsdale Community College. In his first eight years under Cherney, the Artichokes have compiled a 263-200 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, and 2013. The 2007 squad finished third at the World Series, and the 2009 club earned a second place finish.
As the head coach, more than 30 of his players have signed letters of intent with NCAA Division I schools. Six of his eight teams have earned Academic All-America honors, and 16 individuals have earned Academic All-America awards. He has coached 15 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 0served 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. He is engaged to Jacky Burke, and resides in Scottsdale.
Marcus Clapp enters his ninth season as the Pitching Coach for the Artichokes. Coach Clapp is responsible for all aspects of the pitching staff's conditioning, mechanics, and game preparations. But his duties do not stop there. Coach Clapp is also involved in recruiting, fundraising and travel arrangements. He is one of our adjunct faculty members, teaching Baseball Theory and Coaching Methods classes and was involved in Admissions and Records. An all around coach he also helps to maintain our first class fields.
In 2013, Coach Clapp had two pitchers drafted in the 3rd and 21st rounds. In addition, the staff had a 1st team All-American and 6 pitchers signed to four year universities. The 2013 staff also set school records in ERA (2.43) and strikeouts (559).
In his first year as the Artichokes pitching coach, the pitching staff set new school records for both ERA, 3.46 and Strikeouts, 417. In 2007 the pitching staff reset those records with a 2.92 ERA and 519 Strikeouts. Eight school records have set and been reset under Coach Clapp.
After reaching the 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013 Junior College World Series in which they finished in 3rd, 2nd, 6th and 5th places respectively. In 2007 the Artichokes sent two pitchers to the National Junior College All-Star Game. During his tenure with SCC, 28 sophmore pitchers have signed at four year universities. Twenty have moved on to Division I Baseball programs.
Marcus pitched at Scottsdale Community College in 1998 and 1999 earning All-Conference honors. After pitching at Scottsdale, he continued his playing career at Louisiana Tech University. Clapp still holds the second spot on the all time single season appearances list at Tech.
Clapp started his coaching career at Louisiana Tech as a Graduate Assistant Coach, where he earned a Master's degree in Health and Exercise Science. After receiving his graduate degree, Clapp moved to the University of Nebraska-Kearney to serve as the pitching coach and lead assistant. While at Kearney, three pitchers earned All Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors. Also developed the forty-first pick by the Yankees Joba Chamberlain.
At SCC, Clapp has seen 6 of his arms drafted by MLB teams. These include:
Brandon Pullen - Seattle Mariners
TJ Macy - Milwaukee Brewers
TJ Geith - Tampa Bay Rays
Scott Zuloaga - Houston Astros
Stephen Tarpley - Baltimore Orioles
Sebastian Kessay - Houston Astros
Coach Clapp was born in McCook, NE. Marcus and his wife Leesa were married in Omaha and currently reside in Phoenix. they are proud parents of Wayatt (3) and Myles (1).
Top 10 All Time ERA's at SCC (** depict coach Clapp's pitching staff and their ERA's during his tenure)
**depicts Coach Clapp's pitching staffs while at SCC.
Chris Hodges enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Artichokes, working primarily with the hitters. He also assists in recruiting and pre game preparation.
During his time at Scottsdale, Coach Hodges has helped lead the Artichokes back to the NJCAA DII world series in Enid, OK in 2012 and 2013.
Chris played collegiately at Missouri Valley College from 2004-2006, before multiple injuries finished his career. Hodges started his coaching career in 2006 in Casper, WY with the Casper Oilers, an American Legion summer program. During his time there he helped lead the team to a State Runner up during the 2006 Season. After Casper Hodges moved on to Gillette, WY as an assistant with the Gillette Roughriders. While in Gillette, Hodges helped lead the team to their first ever state championship in 2008 and a runner up in 2009. Concurrent to his time in Gillette, Hodges also spent a year with Pierce Community College in Lakewood, WA as their infield coach. Hodges has been the Head Coach of the Bozeman Bucks, also an American Legion program in Bozeman, MT.
Coach Hodges was born in Jackson, WY, and received his bachelor degree in Sport Management from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. Chris works in the Athletic Department at Scottsdale CC and currently resides in Scottsdale.