2021 Varsity Coaching Staff

High School

Andy Underwood is a Madera High School graduate class of 2003 and was a two sport athlete starting in basketball and baseball. He was a 2nd team All-League TRAC player in basketball. He excelled in baseball, lettering on varsity as a sophomore and making 1st team All-Trac as a junior and Senior. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 41st round but decided to play college baseball and further his education.


Fresno City College- Andy Underwood attended Fresno City College in 2004 and 2005. He was awarded the Dick Selma award in 2004 and 2005. Further awards earned by Underwood were 2005 MVP and the Central Valley Conference pitcher of the year in 2004 and 2005. In 2004 Underwood was named California junior college pitcher of the year with a record of 12-1, and in 2005 northern California pitcher of the year with a record of 10-1. Underwood was also a two time Junior College All-American. In 2004 Underwood was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round but decided to play more college baseball.

Fresno State- Underwood was a starting pitcher for Fresno State in 2006 helping the Bulldogs to a 46-18 record and the 19th ranked team in the nation. Underwood had a record of 12-3 and finished 3rd in the nation with 133 innings pitched. Underwood was a 1st team All-WAC player and was awarded WAC pitcher of the week twice. He was drafted in the 5th round by the San Diego Padres.

San Diego Padres

Underwood played two full seasons in the Padres farm system before being released. His high lights were being named the Mid-West league pitcher of the week and pitching 19 scoreless innings in a row. His career was cut short due to unexplainable arm troubles. Underwood says playing with other professionals and having the opportunity to learn from big league ball players on a daily basis was priceless in furthering his career in coaching.


Underwood worked hard and fast to complete his education after playing baseball. He completed a BA from Fresno State in Kinesiology. When realizing his career was coaching and in education he earned his Master’s degree from the Fresno Pacific University and a teaching Credential from National University.


Underwood started his coaching career at Fresno City College as an assistant pitching coach in 2008. He learned how to manage a team and how to make important decisions by working alongside Ron Scott and Eric Solberg (FCC head coach and pitching coach). He started coaching at Madera High School as the Varsity pitching coach in 2008 and became the head baseball coach in 2011. In his second year of coaching, the MHS baseball team won the Division 2 Valley Championship in 2013. Coach Underwood and staff have also led the Coyotes to back 2 back CMAC league championships.  He credits all of his success to the hard working coaches and the people who surround him on a daily basis.

Andy Underwood
Head Coach
(10TH SEASON, 169-113-3)

15-14, 8-7 CMAC
*2013 SEASON*
22-9, 9-6 CMAC
22-12, *10-5 CMAC*
24-7-1, *12-3 CMAC*
18-11-1, 7-8 CMAC
15-14, 10-5 CMAC
19-10, 10-5 CMAC
15-14, 7-8 CMAC
16-17, 5-10

Jacob Saldate is a 2001 graduate of Madera High School. While at Madera High Coach Saldate lettered in football, baseball, and tennis.  Jacob received the Offensive Player of the Year award in 1999 and Coaches Award in 2001. Coach Saldate will begin his 20th season of coaching, 14th with Coyote Baseball and 16th with Madera Unified.  Jacob was offered a coaching position directly out of high school at MHS by Head Coach, Andy Zavorek.  Coach Saldate has worked at different age groups including travel club teams.  He spent two seasons running the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Baseball program (03 & 07).  While coaching 8th at TJ he was also the pitching coach & worked with hitters for the Central Valley Rattlers travel team from 2003-2005.  Saldate also coached 6 seasons for Madera Babe Ruth and Babe Ruth All-Stars, his last being in 2007.  In 2008 Jacob came back to Madera High as the J.V. Head Coach and also assisted on varsity.  From 2009-2011 Coach Saldate was the varsity infield coach, 3rd base coach, and worked with hitters. 


In 2012 Coach Saldate left Madera after 10 years, for an opportunity at Clovis West High School as an assistant for Kevin Patrick. In his two seasons at West (2012 & 2013) Coach Saldate assisted with infielders, worked with 1st baseman, was the outfield coach, 3rd base coach, and assisted hitting coach Jim Rothford.  In 2012 the Eagles were TRAC Champions finishing 13-2 and 28-5 overall. Clovis West also won the 2012 Fresno Easter Classic Championship. Kevin Patrick and staff were selected to Coach the City roster for the 2012 CITY/COUNTY ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAME. 

Coach Saldate returned to Madera High School for the 2014 Season. The Coyotes would go on to win back 2 back CMAC titles (2014 & 2015).  Coach Underwood and staff were chosen to lead the County roster for the 2015 CITY/COUNTY ALL-STAR BASEBALL GAME. Coach Saldate will run the offense and work with infielders and catchers.  He will also assist Andy Underwood with other on-field duties hoping to lead the Coyotes to a CMAC title and Division 2 Championship. 

Jacob Saldate

Asst. Coach

Hitters & Offense 

infield & Catchers

14th season at MHS

Gary is a 2003 graduate of Madera High School. Gary was a standout in basketball and baseball for the coyotes. Gary attended Fresno City College.  While at City Gary helped guide the Rams to a league championship as a sophomore in 2007.  Gary was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 34th round of the 2004 Amateur Draft from Fresno City. Gary transferred to Sonoma State in 2008.  During his pitching career at Sonoma Gary was named All Conference in 2008 &09, 2009 ABCA Second Team, 2009 NCBWA Second Team, 2009 Daktronics Second Team, West Region Pitcher of the Year – 2009, (CCAA) Conference Pitcher of the Year -2009.  Gary was again drafted in 2009 by the San Francisco Giants in the 41st round  June Amateur from Sonoma State. He spent 6 seasons in minor league baseball.

            Gary is entering his 7th season with the coyote baseball program.  He will be working with pitchers.

Gary Moran

Asst. Coach

Pitchers/1st Base Coach

7th season at MHS

Mike Pursell

Asst. Coach



Aaron Gist

Team Manager

JV & Frosh Coaches


Caleb Pursell

Head Coach

2nd Season at MHS

Aaron Ramirez

Asst. Coach

2nd Season at MHS

Aaron Padilla

Asst. Coach

2nd Season at MHS