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Head Baseball Coach Named for Vista Murrieta

Matt Mosiello will replace Kurt Ruth as head baseball coach at Vista Murrieta High School. Mosiello most recently served as head coach at Murrieta Mesa High School.

A new head baseball coach has been named for Vista Murrieta High School, it was announced today.

Matt Mosiello will replace Kurt Ruth, who remains a teacher and coach at Vista Murrieta after announcing in August he was stepping down from the lead position to spend more time with his family.

Mosiello has been a varsity head coach for 12 years, most recently serving as the head baseball coach at Murrieta Mesa High School. Before that he coached at Mayfair High in Lakewood and Edison High in Huntington Beach.

"During that time, his teams have won two league titles and advanced to the CIF Playoffs seven times," said Vista Murrieta Athletic Director Ray Moore, in a news release. "Mosiello’s 2001 Edison team won the CIF Division II Championship."

During his coaching history, Mosiello has been named Orange County Kiwanis All-Star Game Coach, Orange County Register Coach-of-the-Year, Sunset League Coach-of-the-Year, Los Angeles Times Coach-of-the-Year and CIF Division II Coach-of-the-Year, according to the news release.

Mosiello currently serves as a member of the CIF Southern Section Baseball Advisory Committee and is a coach at the Stanford University All-Star Camp held each summer, according to the news release.

As a prep athlete, Mosiello was a multi-sport athlete at Cerritos High School and received a baseball scholarship to the University of Utah, where he earned his bachelor’s degree, the news release stated.

“We are very happy to have Coach “Mo” lead our baseball program,” Moore said. “He knows baseball and how to get young men to play to the best of their abilities. Both Dave Serrano (University of Tennessee Head Coach) and Dean Stotz (Associate Head Coach at Stanford) had high praise for Coach Mosiello’s knowledge and leadership qualities.”

About Ruth, Moore said: “Kurt Ruth has done an outstanding job as our head baseball coach. Although we did not want to lose him as our head coach, we understand and support his decision. Kurt will continue to be a very valuable member of our teaching and coaching team.”

Kemp29 September 19, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Although I understand Mosiello's career decision here and make no mistake that is what it is. He did leave his Murrieta Mesa Rams Team reeling and directionless from his quick and unexpected departure.Not sticking with it till the end in order to jump ship when the going got tough by returning to the established Vista actually speaks more then all his other accomplishments.
Scott33 September 19, 2012 at 05:32 PM
His game plan all along. Seemed like ok guy but the constant F-bombs and calling players "losers" was a little much.Everybody has their own style and his seems to work for him.
TheReality September 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Look at his resume; on the move every 2-years must be a reason! Mesa told him he was not going to be the coach (fired) in 2013 so he had to go somewhere; Mesa had so many complaints compiled with 25-30 kids leaving the program in over 2-years, not to mention 6-seniors left to play elsewhere last season; three are now playing college ball! Apparently he told his players he was going to Vista due tot teaching and forgot to mention he was let go by Mesa
Candor September 21, 2012 at 05:08 PM
This guy should not be a Coach anywhere, he is your kids worst nightmare. We wish Vista well and hopefully they will add to their already large trophy case. If you are interested in the full development of your young people he is not worth it. Hopefully, the Vista booster club will figure in the cost of a sports psychologist from here on out, your players will need it.
Candor September 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
By the way, his brother is on the Serrano staff, and he has gone to the Stanford coaching clinic the last two years which you need to pay to go to. I'm sure they said great things about him.
TheReality September 21, 2012 at 08:53 PM
His CIF Title at Edison was when he was Co-Head Coach and came right after the former head coach left his establsihed team. He did not develop a championship team, they were already set. He hasn't won anyting since. He was gone after two years............why? Then Great Oak, Vista, Mesa, Vista..........easilly wears out his welcome. That many kids leaving baseball programs can't be the problem..........
Kurt Ruth September 22, 2012 at 09:36 AM
It would be nice if people hiding behind anonymous screen names would at least get some of the facts straight. Coach Mo was at no point fired at Mesa; he chose to resign as the baseball coach after he accepted a teaching transfer to VMHS. The seniors who left didn't get their way (translation - Coach Mo wouldn't let the parents fill out the line-up card) so they paid to play travel ball, and they got to do whatever they wanted to do - good for them. I'm happy for the 3 kids playing college baseball, but it wasn't like they were D-1 players being offered athletic scholarships from big-time baseball schools. Lastly, I can assure you that none of the coaches working at the Stanford Camp pay to work there; they are a group of high school and college coaches who are invited to work the camp. I wish that some of you would actually attach your names to your posts so Coach Mo could go after you for slander when you are unable to back up the stuff you are saying. As for me, I will be more than happy to sign my name to this post because this is one of the major reasons coaches like me don't want the headache of being a head coach anymore. Delusional parents take all the fun out of the job. -Coach Ruth
Armando V September 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Mr Ruth, u sound just like Mosiello. 1st diminishing the college players by saying they r not D-1 players....wow. Who cares, its college baseball. So u agree that players that have college ability and are playing in college should be sitting behind the atrocious roster he fielded............if the players he favored and played are better; how come none of them are going anywhere to play? Typical view n response; lets not hold people accountable for their actions. How can you ignore the mass amount of kids who chose to leave a sport and those that left their senior year rather than play for that guy. U obviously r not clued in to how Mesa was ran and the amount of money that was needed to pay/fund-raise.......whats the difference between that and paying a fee to established programs? From what I hear, many people are choosing the travel route because there are no politics/favoritism. I had seen these posts and sat back because I agreed with all of them, until u chimed in. U obviously go way back with Muchiello and do no have the actual accounts of what took place. I commend u for protecting a friend. Lastly, I assume these other authors must have a kid or two to protect that are still in the Mesa n Vista baseball programs like I do.
Kurt Ruth September 23, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Armando -I think you misunderstood some of what I was saying. I wasn't saying anything bad about the players moving on to college to play; if you look at my post, I even said I was happy for them. However, I have seen plenty of players through the years that have gone on to play college baseball that didn't start on their own high school team. If a player has good grades and at least average ability for a So Cal High School Baseball player, he can market himself to NAIA, D-II, & D-III schools (especially out of state colleges).There are many instances through my 20+ years of coaching at the high school level that some of the better players have chosen not to continue playing baseball while players with lesser talent have chosen to find somewhere to play. Just about any player on the varsity roster of a Southwestern League school could find somewhere to play. You even see it at some of the smaller private schools in the area as well. There are guys moving on to play college baseball from some of these schools that would not be relevant players in the SWL, and that is a fact. Coach Mo is a good friend of mine, but this isn't just about having my friend's back. It is about taking a stand for a profession I care about. It has become commonplace to see negative comments towards h.s. coaches on forums like these. More than ever before, being a head coach has become a "no win" situation. It is easy to sit back and pass judgement when you have never walked in that person's shoes.
Dan F September 27, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Ruth, The approach of Mr Mosiello and your comments illuminate the growing problems with HS sports..........and the exact reason talented/college level kids now choose to play for alternative leagues/clubs. The alternatives to HS ball which is now considered like rec leagues compared to some of the talent level in these alternative leagues. Volleyball, baseball, soccer, softball have much more competitive alternatives rather than watered down political favorite HS leagues. We know several of the Mesa kids that left and those that also chose the ABD Baseball league. Are you aware that the 8-team Div 1 Spring League that included the Mesa players had more than 38-Kids signed to play in college this year (to include more than 23 in your important D1 Level). Its funny u, never addressed nor could defend the mass amount of kids that left Mesa, including 6-seniors? The real problem is HS coaches who lack real playing experience in the sports they are coaching; by the way where did you play college or pro ball..................Point noted!
Dan F September 27, 2012 at 11:00 PM
How many total kids signed to play in college this season from the Southwestern League.......MV -3, Vista 1, Mesa 0 (except for those that left), TV 2, Great Oak 3, TV -not sure Sounds like the ABD League is well worth the $
Julian m October 01, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Nice job with your observations. Obviously comments posted by little league and pony dads who still think about the days that they had a little bit of power. Give it a rest and grow up.
KLB October 02, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Actually, I had experience of Coach Mo coaching my son, and I was happy with the lessons he learned. Please be respectful of others when you make comments.
J bishop October 05, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Hey bishop, give it a rest
Observing Dad October 15, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Integrity and Character = 6 Lessons 1. Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone. John Quincy Adams 2. Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein 3. The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. Japanese Proverb 4. I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.Cesar Millan 5. We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1849 6. Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to. Arnold H. Glasow
sal v February 07, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Good luck this season Matt.


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