After spending five seasons (2014-18) as an assistant coach Hector Zamora has been named the eighth head coach in Cerritos College baseball history. At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Ken Gaylord announced his retirement, with Zamora, who played for Gaylord, taking over the reigns.
While a member of the Falcons, Zamora was an All-South Coast Conference selection as a freshman in 2000 and earned a scholarship to San Jose State University. Zamora, who started his coaching career as an assistant coach at West Los Angeles College from 2008-13, was brough on to the Cerritos staff for the start of the 2014 season. Zamora wored with the infielders on defense and batting instruction. A product of Culver City High, he was a four-year letterman on the baseball and soccer teams.
Zamora and the Falcons won a share of the South Coast Conference title his freshman season and were one win away from advancing to the state tournament. As a freshman, they placed second in the conference and were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs in two games. Upon earning his scholarship to San Jose State, Zamora was named 1st Team All-Western Athletic Conference as a DH/3B and was drafted in the 21st Round by the New York Yankees in 2002. In his 3½ years in the Yankees organization, Zamora was voted a Fan Favorite twice and the team’s MVP once. After his years with the Yankee organization, he continued his playing career by gaining international experience in Mexico and Colombia, capped by Independent ball in the Golden Baseball League for the Reno Silver Sox and Orange County Flyers.
At the conclusion of his playing career, Zamora was hired as an assistant coaching position in a newly re-emerged baseball program at West Los Angeles Community College in 2008. Since the programs’ inception, Zamora was a part of a staff that transferred over 50 student-athletes on scholarship, saw four drafted, three Collegiate All-Americans and two which played in the World Baseball Classic for the country of Brazil.
While in high school, Zamora was a three-time 1st Team All-Ocean League selection in both baseball and soccer and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player as a senior pitcher. He posted a 9-0 record and 1.23 ERA on the mound, while hitting at .525 clip. On the soccer field, Zamora was offered professional contracts by Mexican clubs America and Chivas as a 13-year old and spent time playing in England and France.
Zamora continued his education at the University of Phoenix and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Marketing degree in 2010. He then went on and earned his Master of Science in Physical Education degree at Azusa Pacific University in 2013 and finished at the top of his class.
Zamora, 37, and his bride Sherry were married on November 15, 2013 and live in Culver City. They welcomed their first son in August, 2015.