1990 Inductee - Mathew Equinoa

1990 Inductee - Mathew Equinoa

Mathew Equinoa, one of the most successful baseball coaches in the history of Stockton, is responsible for developing Franklin High School into the “Big Baseball Machine.” Equinoa has won baseball championships; he was selected as “Coach of the Year,” he has developed “Most Valuable Players;” he is responsible for having his players receive college baseball scholarships; and developing players who have gone into Professional baseball.

Equinoa states, having his players win the MVP awards in baseball, such as Ruben Patron, Domingo Peralta, Syd Church, and David Oliver added to the highlights of his spectacular career. He states further to see Tom Jones and Syd Church receive baseball scholarships to the University of the Pacific, his alma mater, has made his life more significant.

Mathew Equinoa received his Associate of Arts Degree from San Joaquin Delta College in 1950; he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Pacific in 1952. Equinoa later earned his Master’s Degree from U.O.P. in 1958. Also, from U.O.P. he received his secondary school Administrative Credential in 1966.

Equinoa, is a very deserving of all his accolades, for he has motivated and assisted so many students during his coaching, teaching, administrative career in Stockton. He worked at Schneider High School; and at Daniel Webster Junior High School from 1951 to 1963. Mathew Equinoa has had the unique honor of being named the Coach of the Year at Franklin High School in 1963, 1970, 1974, and 1975. Equinoa is the only baseball coach to have two of his former baseball players work for the Professional Major League Baseball Club. Dave Oliver works with the Texas Rangers and Tom Jones worked with the San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, and the Seattle Mariners.

Eqionoa has worked and assisted Mark Marguess, the U.S. Olympics and Stanford Baseball coach. Also, with pride, Equinoa has assisted, Jesse Cordova and Richard Flores who are now Attorneys of Law; Mike Rabago, Jose Rabago, Pete Turner, and Ron Wade who are in the field of Business. Mathew Equinoa further states, “Having spent a lifetime in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator, I have always taken pride in that I have stressed the importance of education to all my students and athletes.” Equinoa had the opportunity to coach baseball in the college level at San Joaquin Delta College, but he decided to remain at Franklin High School - where he dedicated nineteen years of his life.

It is with pride, that tonight we induct Mathew Equinoa into the Mexican American Hall of Fame of 1990.

“I value academics, as much as athletics, that is why I wanted my players to attend college.”
-Mathew Equinoa