Head Coach Shannon B. Williams enters his 18th season at the helm of the Compton College Tartars baseball program. In his tenure, Coach Williams has provided stability to the baseball program and continue to help change students’ lives in the Compton community and surrounding areas. On March 16, 2019 with a 7-3 win over Chaffey College marked Coach Williams 220th win making him the all-time winningest baseball coach in school history. Coach Williams has led the Tartars two of their four playoffs appearances (2010 & 2013) in school history. Since the institution was founded in 1927 of Compton’s four appearances in the state regional playoffs (1954, 1956, 2010 2013), it’s in 2013 when Compton College became only the second #16 seed to upset a No. 2 seed, then Riverside City College, in the first week of the playoffs which included a super-regional appearance and a school record 25 wins in one season for the Tartars. The most impressive contribution during his tenure is a total of 184 players have transferred from Compton College to the four-year colleges and universities. Eleven players have been drafted and signed professional baseball contracts. (7) Players has been named JC All Americas, Alfredo Lopez (2010) Matt Young (2011) Omar Pelayo (2013) Nick Sanchez (2013) Larry Barraza (2014) Martin Teague (2015). (2) South Coast Conference MVP's Matt Young (2011), Martin Teague (2015). In 2010 Alfredo Lopez was named California Rawlings Big Stick Offensive Player of the Year. (47) Players has earned All- Conference honors, (4) All State Academic Selections (3) Rawlings Gold Glove Team Selections.
Shannon Williams’ first head coaching assignment was at Locke High school in Los Angeles, Ca from 1997 to 2003. He graduated from Compton College (AA,1993), California State Dominguez Hills (BA 1997) and he earned his two master’s degrees from Concordia University, Irvine 2011 and 2018.
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During his time at Locke High School his team won the Coliseum league championship 2000-2002 and he had an overall record of 94-47-1. In the spring of 2000 Coach Williams was recognize as the Los Angeles City Wave Newspaper Baseball Coach of the Year. In 2002 he appointed as the head baseball coach of Compton College.
In 1995 he started as volunteer coach with (RBI) Reviving Baseball Inter Cities program. John Young, a former Major League Baseball player and scout, developed the concept of RBI to provide disadvantaged youth an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Young decided that the best way to revive baseball in South Central LA would be to introduce a comprehensive youth baseball program for 13- to 16-year-olds. This program would not only encourage participation in baseball and expand the pool of talented prospects, but, more importantly, it would provide young people with a positive, team-oriented activity that would keep them off the streets while challenging them mentally and physically.
During Coach Williams’ time as the manager of the RBI program he has led the program to five World Series titles (2000, 2001, 2003, 2005,2006) and 9 finals appearances. His teams appeared in 15 consecutive RBI World Series (1997-2011) which are hosted at various sites throughout the United States. RBI is community base program that help students develop athletically and academically through baseball and softball. MLB assumed the operations of the program in 1991, and it has since grown to serve 230,000 young men and women in 200 cities across the United States, Canada, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the many sponsors of the RBI program.