Yreka High School baseball standout joins coaching staff at College of the Siskiyous
After a successful pitching career at Butte College and San Jose State, former Yreka High School standout Tevin Cadola is passing on his knowledge as an assistant coach for the College of the Siskiyous baseball team.
At age 25, Cadola is now poised to be part of a sport he has had a passion for since he was a kid. He is a 2014 YHS graduate, and this is his first year with the Eagles.
After graduating from San Jose State, Cadola worked for a tech company for about a year. While it was a positive experience overall, he decided it was not something he wanted to do long-term. When the opportunity presented itself to coach on the college level in Siskiyou County, where he was born and raised, he jumped at the chance. Tevin coaches the pitchers, as well as helping where needed, such as working with the catchers and infielders.
“It’s been an awesome experience to be here,” Cadola said. “I want to give my players as much support as I can. I want to give them an upper hand. I have enjoyed this group I’m coaching. They have been great and have worked hard. They listen and do what is asked of them.”
Cadola said he had many coaches and mentors during his years playing baseball and said it had been a special experience to now be in the position of a coach and mentor.
It is important for Cadola to teach his players the right way to play the game, to do the little things right, and work hard to achieve their goals.
It’s about focusing and having a winning mindset,” he said. “It’s about how you take care of business the right way both on and off the field.”
“Tevin has been a huge addition to our team,” COS head coach Nick Thielman said. “Tevin’s been a lifesaver for me. He contributed one the first day he arrived. He works so hard and has really connected with the players both on and off the field. He has made them better and leads by his work ethic.”
“He just such a great person, and it has been a good fit to have him here coaching,” Theilman said.
He said Cadola is a great communicator who’s is able to connect with players and make them better. He said the pitching has made a lot of strides this year and attributes it to Cadola.
“He’s elevated our organization,” he said. “It’s great to have someone from Siskiyou County on our staff. He has represented the community well.”
Theilman added that Cadola is an excellent recruiter and has already done a great job of getting players to commit. This includes players from Siskiyou County, including two from Yreka High School he said they should be bringing in for next year.
Cadola said it has been an honor to coach on the college level in his home area and pass on his knowledge of the game to others.
Cadola finished his career at San Jose State with an 8-5 record, 95 strikeouts, and started 21 games.
While Tevin has previously pitched on the professional level for a year back in 2019 in the Bay Area, he plans to stick to coaching.
He said he did get an offer from a team in Nebraska and another one from a squad in Colorado that is affiliated with the Colorado Rockies. He said 25 is getting “up there” in pitching years, and while he could always change his mind, he is leaning toward coaching.
“I think it’s great that Tevin is getting an opportunity to coach at COS,” Former longtime Yreka High School head baseball coach Jason Freitas, who coached Cadola. “He offers a lot of knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a successful pitcher at the college level.”
Freitas said sometimes it’s hard to make a move from a successful player to a coach, but believes that Tevin is perfect for this transition..
“He was very focused and dedicated in high school, and that only got stronger as he worked his way through Butte College and San Jose State,” Freitas said. “He knows what worked for him as a pitcher but knows he has to find ways to figure out what works for others, which is hard sometimes.”
He said it’s nice to hear positive things about Cadola at COS and said he has heard he is doing a great job with the pitching staff and is having a good time.
“Tevin is a competitor and win or lose, COS baseball should be confident he will have his pitchers ready to go,” Freitas said.
Cadola currently lives in Lake Shastina and said he has greatly enjoyed it, especially since he’s also a golfer. Being so near the golf course has allowed him to improve his game and be able to go out and play frequently.
COS is currently 4-6 for the year. The Eagles are in action this Saturday for a doubleheader at the COS campus in Weed versus the College of the Redwoods. The games are set for noon and 3 p.m.
Cadola said he was glad to go away to college “and see the world,” and to have had the chance to play against elite competition, with serval players he faced already in the Major League Baseball system,
“It's definitely nice to be back in the area,” said Tevin, and he has always loved living in Siskiyou County.