Aug. 8, Erie High School announced that it had hired Dustin Conley as its next baseball coach. Formerly a coach at Flatirons Academy, Conley collected an overall record of 36-4 in three seasons while winning the Class 1A state championship in 2019 and finishing second in 2021.
We caught up with Conley to get his thoughts on the new position.
CHSAANow.com: What drew you to the coaching job at Erie?
Conley: I moved into the area two years ago, and community support at Erie High School is what first caught my attention. A community like the one around Erie High School is something I wanted to be a part of. During the interview process, I saw the passion from the faculty and parents in the community, and it made me feel at home. Then it was just to hear the players’ passion for the program and the drive to become something bigger than just a baseball team.
What inspired you to go into coaching?
I think the simplest answer to this is that I have been so lucky to have grown up playing for some great coaches. Coaches like my dad, Tim Spencer, Dave Gallegos, EJ Mapps, Jay Madden, Chris Carrillo and Mike Hutcheon made me grow a passion for coaching. The first time I trained a team, I knew this was something I wanted to do.
Where did you go to high school and what sport did you do?
I went to Pomona High School where I competed in football and baseball.
What is your best memory from playing high school sports?
My best memory was the community around Pomona High School. When I played for both programs, you felt like you were part of something bigger than a sports team. Growing up in a community like this is what I see the future of at Erie.
What is the number one thing you want the program to be known for across the state, and how do you plan to achieve that goal?
I want the program on Erie to be known as one that is hardworking and stylish. I plan to achieve this goal by first working with the players to establish a culture centered around class and hard work. Year in and year out we will get new players, but this first group of boys is important to set the tone for the program.