Mosiello takes over Elsinore High School’s baseball program

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Elsinore’s new head baseball coach, Matt Mosiello, left, pictured here in 2016, takes on his 19th season in 2021. Valley News/File photo

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LAKE ELSINORE — It has been almost two years since Matt Mosiello coached his last high school game at Vista Murrieta High School, but he hasn’t been out of the game completely. Since departing as the head coach for the Broncos, Mosiello is still currently at the school as a special day class teacher and has kept busy complementing his passion for baseball as an instructor at the D-Bat facility in Temecula and coaching showcase baseball for TB SoCal.

Mosiello’s resume runs deep on the baseball field and with a recent vacancy opening at Elsinore High School, he has thrown his high school coaching hat back in the ring. Elsinore’s former coach, Chris Jones, took a job in Florida before the COVID-19 pandemic that put a stop to sports for a good portion of 2020. While there was no guarantee that sports would return, the coaching job at Elsinore stayed open for quite some time.

Former Vista Murrieta head baseball coach, Matt Mosiello, ready to take over at Elsinore High School for the 2021 season. Valley News/JP Raineri photo

“I knew the position was open, I just wasn’t sure if my schedule would allow for it,” Mosiello said, who will be going into his 19th season as a head high school coach. “Elsinore has great facilities, and I am looking forward to the challenge of turning Elsinore into a top-notch program.”

As a special education teacher Mosiello is going into his 26th year, but takes much pride reflecting on where his career started, which was at Mayfair High school in Lakewood. Mayfair also just happens to be where he coached current Los Angeles Dodger phenom Justin Turner, who was a three-time All-Suburban first team honoree as a shortstop and second baseman. Turner hit .514 in league play as a senior, earning most valuable player honors en route to a league title.

“Between high school and travel ball, I have coached over one-hundred guys who have gone on to play baseball either in college or professionally,” Mosiello, who has won over 300 games as a head coach, said.

Before coaching at Vista Murrieta, Mosiello also coached at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, took home a 2001 CIF Championship, was the 2001 CIF Coach of the Year and the 2003 OC Register Coach of the Year and was the very first coach to take the reigns at Murrieta Mesa High School when they opened.

Elsinore High School was founded in 1891 and is one of the oldest schools in Riverside County. Mosiello said he is looking forward to the day when Elsinore can start practicing.

“I know we can start conditioning now, but I don’t want my first meetings with the program to be conditioning. I want to practice and help them become the best student athletes they can become,” he said.

Matt Mosiello, seen here in 2017 with his son Andrew, who is now pitching at the University of Oregon, becomes the new head coach at Elsinore High School for the 2020-2021 season. Valley News/File photo

CIF announced its plans for the 2020-2021 athletic calendar this past July. Rather than canceling it, the commission decided to push back fall sports and create a two-season schedule. The fall season will start at the initial winter season start time and the spring season will consist of 10 sports. Accommodating these changes, CIF has decided to standardize all seasons a maximum of 72 days; however, there is no change in the amount of competitions teams are allowed to participate in.

Section championships will continue as usual but Regional and State Championships will be streamlined to no longer than one week once Southern Section Championships have concluded. Fall sports include the traditional boys’ water polo, girls’ volleyball, cross-country and football, as well as girls’ water polo and boys’ volleyball. The spring season will add soccer, basketball, wrestling, girls’ tennis and girls’ golf to the original spring sports: badminton, swim, baseball, softball and track and field.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.