Rams’ Baseball Assistant Coach Passes Away Suddenly

Story By: Ben Hensley, Sports Editor

Sam Flores, an assistant baseball coach for Fresno City College, died on Monday evening after suffering a brain aneurysm. He was 41.

Flores played for the Rams in 1998-99 as a member of back-to-back conference championship teams, under head coach Ron Scott. He ended his playing career in 2001 after transferring to CSU Stanislaus.

He earned his Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology-Physical Education from Fresno Pacific University in 2017.

Flores became an assistant coach in the 2016 season; most recently, he was a position coach, overseeing outfielders. 

Flores started his coaching career at Edison High School in 2002. He also served as an assistant coach at Clovis West from 2004-2007, helping lead the Golden Eagles to four consecutive conference championships, including a valley title in 2004.

He served as head coach at Edison High School from 2008-2015; in 2014, he led the Patriots to their first league championship in 39 years. Flores also taught physical education at Hoover High School.

Flores is survived by his wife Andrea and two children, a daughter, Claire and a son, Cal.