If a high school baseball head coach finishes his career having molded a single MLB All-Star, that’s usually a sign of a fulfilled career. More than one, and he’s a virtual miracle worker.
That’s what makes Harvard-Westlake assistant baseball coach P.C. Shaw so special. The longtime assistant has worked with three different MLB All-Stars who will take part in Tuesday night’s game in Cincinnati, even though he wasn’t the head coach when working with any.
As noted by Harvard-Westlake’s own Twitter feed, Shaw’s first experience with a future MLB All-Star came at Chatsworth High, where he helped coach Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas in 2004 and 2005, Moustakas’ first two seasons at the school.
Shaw later moved on to UCLA, where he had attended college, to serve as an assistant coach for catchers and hitters. It was in this capacity that he coached both Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and Pirates pitcher Gerit Cole.
The trifecta of former charges is an impressive accomplishment for a coach who has consistently done great work while flying under the radar. For one night he gets to watch three former players exhibit all their pride while competing on baseball’s biggest midsummer stage, sitting back proudly at home as they star on the field.