Coach Justin Machado – Maverick Baseball Head Coach
Coach Machado has been at the helm of Maverick Baseball since it all began in 1996. He was given the key to a dirt field and told to go make a program. Since then Coach Machado has built one of the winningest programs in the country.
Coach Machado graduated from San Dieguito High School in 1989. He went on to play baseball at Mira Costa Community College and Sonoma State University where he earned his teaching credentials. Upon graduation he taught at San Dieguito Academy for one year where he was the assistant baseball coach. The following year he left for La Costa Canyon High School (LCC) where he teaches economics and heads up the Maverick Baseball program. Coach Machado has built a program that is known as one of the best in the country. Maverick Baseball has made the CIF playoffs every year since it was started and has never had a losing season. The field is meticulously maintained by Coach Machado and his staff and has become a trademark of Maverick Baseball.
In his time at the helm, Coach Machado has a career record of 562-245, has won four CIF titles (2003, 2004, 2012 & 2022), has appeared in seven CIF championship games and has won 12 league titles. In 2003, his team went 32-1 to win national champion honors. To this day, that team holds the record of the most consecutive wins ever with 27 straight and the most wins in San Diego county ever with 32 wins in a season. In 2021, his team won the Southern Regional State Championship. In 2003, Coach Machado was honored with National Coach of the Year honors. In 2019, Coach Machado was honored with the California Coaches Association Baseball Coach of the Year. In 2022, he was named the CIF Coach of the Year.
Coach Machado has had numerous players receive athletic scholarships at various college levels as well as two MLB draft picks. Phillip Evans, a 2011 graduate was the first Maverick to make an opening day roster in the MLB with the Mets in 2018. Mickey Moniak, a 2016 graduate, was the first overall pick in the MLB draft that year. Spencer Jones, a 2019 graduate, was drafted in the first round by the New York Yankees after a successful college career at Vanderbilt.
Coach Machado is loved by his players with many coming back to visit year after year. His son Austin played catcher for the Mavericks from 2016-2020.
Coach Joey Burke – Varsity Coach
Coach Burke graduated from La Costa Canyon High School in 2003. He was an integral part of the best Maverick team to date as the captain and starting shortstop. The 2003 Mavericks led by Coach Machado hold the best record in San Diego county history with 32 wins and one loss. The team won 27 consecutive games. They were the 2003 CIF Champions, First Team All-State and were given the 2003 Best Team in the Nation award. Coach Burke had a .460 batting average with a .599 on base average during the 2003 season and to this day holds three Maverick Baseball records; 27 walks in one season, 25 stolen bases in one season and 16 doubles in one season.
Coach Burke went to Palomar College from 2004-2005 where he played 2nd base and was the leadoff hitter. He then went on to play at Chico State (2006-2007) on a full scholarship where he played outfield. Once again Coach Burke found himself as an integral part of a winning team. In 2006, Chico State made it to the D2 championship.
Coach Burke started coaching baseball in 2011.
From Coach Burke, “Baseball has always been a part of my life and I feel fortunate to be able to pass along my love of the game to players. To coach on the same field that I played high school ball on with my head coach is surreal. Go Mavs!”
Coach Jason Hill – Varsity Coach
Jason graduated in 1997 from La Costa Canyon High School in its first graduating class. He played for Coach Machado his first year of being the LCC head baseball coach. That year the team made it all the way to the CIF championship game. Jason hit over .400 and goes down as the player who hit the Mavericks first home runs at home and on the road. In college, Jason played baseball at Point Loma Nazarene. He graduated from San Diego State. Jason has coached the Mavericks for 15 years and will be the first to tell you that he has loved every moment of it.
Jason and his wife McKenna have three beautiful daughters, two of whom now attend LCC. He sees the players as the sons he never had and its clear when watching a game that the players are lucky to have Jason as their coach.
From Coach Hill, “I feel extremely grateful that I have been able to coach with my best friends and for all the relationships I have developed over the years with the players. I look forward to so many more great experiences with the players and teams in upcoming years. GO MAVS!!! Thanks to everyone for the support over the years!”
Coach Jon Dutton – Varsity Coach
Jon Dutton, better known on the field as Coach Dutt, graduated from Rancho Bernardo in 2005. He was part of the 2005 championship team and was selected to the All County, ALL CIF and All State First Team. Coach Dutt was drafted as a pitcher by the Los Angeles Dodgers as the 735th pick out of high school in the 2005 draft. He played professionally for six years.
Coach Dutt started coaching the La Costa Canyon Mavericks in 2012 and heads up the Maverick bullpen. He coached at the JV level for three years and then in 2015 became the varsity pitching coach.
Coach Dutt is married and has one son named Carson.
Coach Mark Paulsen – Varsity Coach
Coach Paulsen has been a part of the Maverick program for years. He keeps stats and is the official scorekeeper for the program. Coach Paulsen is a roaming coach who will help out where needed throughout the program.
A player favorite, Coach Paulsen knows the game and is often able to single out what a player needs to work on at any given time.
Coach Jose Balderas – Junior Varsity Head Coach
Coach Jose has been coaching La Costa Canyon baseball since 2008. Always a player favorite, Coach Jose continually has winning teams within the program. He has been a freshman head coach, JV head coach, assistant varsity coach and is currently the JV head coach. Prior to coaching at LCC, Coach Jose coached one year at San Dieguito Academy as the JV head coach.
Coach Jose is a founder of the North County Mavericks youth baseball program.
From Coach Jose, “I love to coach young men and give back to the community. Go Mavs!”
Coach Chano Palomo – Freshman Head Coach
Coach Chano played baseball all four years at La Costa Canyon High School. He graduated in 2016 and was a part of some very successful teams during his time as a Maverick. He began his first season coaching at LCC in the spring of 2018 as the assistant freshman coach. He became the freshman head coach in 2020.
Coach Chano graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a major in communications. He is also the head coach of the North County Mavs 5th grade team.