Coaching Staff

Varsity Coaching Staff

From 2014-2022 at Cerritos HS, coach Rodriguez served as an assistant varsity coach, associate head coach for 3 seasons and in the fall of 2021 was named the Head Varsity Baseball Coach.

His teams won 3 consecutive 605 League titles 2019-2022, having never lost a league game, going 28-0 in 605 League Play.

In the winter of 2022 coach Rodriguez stepped down as he was in pursuit of his Masters in Teaching. In the spring of 2023, he took a part time coaching position with the Varsity team at Buena Park HS and they had their best season in nearly 2 decades.

Coach Rodriguez is a graduate of Gahr High School in Cerritos where he played for the legendary Tom Bergeron. He has practiced Architecture for 2 decades and is currently the Engineering Pathway instructor at Sunny Hills HS.

Coach Rodriguez is married to his wife Cristina. They have a 4 1/2 year old son Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez. Coach also has two other children from a previous marriage, Mariah who is a civil engineer in Indiana and Samuel who is currently playing college baseball and will serve as a part time coach on the Varsity staff this season.

Coach Rodriguez is looking forward to continuing the great tradition at Long Beach Poly. Go Jackrabbits!

Martin Rodriguez

Varsity Head Coach

Playing Career:

2019 Southeast HS, South Gate

2X All Eastern League

1X All CIF First Team

2X CIF Semi-Finalist

Castleton University 2020-21 (NCAA D3)

Little East Conference Player of the month in 2020

Cerritos College 2022-23

Nobel University 2024 (NAIA)

Having received 2 years of Covid credit (2020 & 2021) and then suffering a season ending injury in 2022, coach Sam Rodriguez is entering just his sophomore season at Nobel University (NAIA) in Orange County.

He has coached high school level club baseball since 2020 and also gives private offensive and defensive instruction at a local facility where he is employed.

He joins the LB Poly staff full time in the fall and winter and will continue to coach part time in the spring as his own season allows.

Samuel Rodriguez

Asst Coach

Asst Coach bio in the works

Mike Shackelford

Assistant Coach

Asst Coach bio in the works

Aaron Ross

Assistant Coach

JV Coaching Staff

Fausto is excited to join the Long Beach Poly Baseball program, as the new Junior Varsity (JV) Head Coach. Bringing over 20 years of baseball experience, born and raised in Long Beach, Fausto brings a fresh approach to the program by implementing values, and pushing for excellence on the fundamentals of baseball. He is committed to helping young athletes develop their skills to their full potential on and off the field.

Hard nosed as a baseball player, Fausto comes from humble beginnings, coaching at Long Beach Jordan (his alma mater) in 2004 respectfully. As a LB Jordan H.S. freshman Co-Head coach, the start was far from satisfactory as only a few victories were accomplished. Fausto remained dedicated to the program/players and returned for another year as JV Co-Head coach with the majority of returning players. That dedication turned the JV team into a .500 season in 2005. Patience and a tenacity for the game, Fausto works to implement these same characteristics into the LB Poly program to “create a strong farm system” for LB Poly Baseball to thrive for years to come.

A LB Jordan graduate from 1995, Fausto was 2nd Team All City Outfielder and selected to play in the Moore League vs. Orange County city showcase. Fausto played in the Seattle Mariners scout team during his high school years, and Rio Hondo Junior College baseball, which unfortunately never transpired as an unfortunate turn of event prevented his career from reaching a full circle. None the less Fausto is excited for this new opportunity at LB Poly to guide our players on their journey to success.

We welcome Fausto, his wife Erika, daughter Giselle, and son Fausto III to LB Poly and wish him the best during his tenure.

Fausto Gaxiola Jr.

Head JV Coach

Freshman Coaching Staff

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