Daron Connelly, Head Coach
I was born and raised in Southern California where I attended North Hollywood High School and played baseball. I then attended Los Angeles Valley College, eventually finishing my collegiate playing career at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dominguez Hills was nationally ranked while I was a member of those teams, and I was eventually given the opportunity to play professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants organization. I played three years for the Giants before returning to school to finish my Bachelor's degree and begin my teaching and coaching career. I have served as an assistant coach at the junior college level, as well as a head coach at all high school levels for more than 20 years. I am the father of 8 wonderful daughters and am married to my best friend. Family, faith, education, and baseball are the main priorities in my life. I teach TV Broadcasting and Video Production, as well as Careers at Corner Canyon.
I believe (and know from experience) that hard work, perseverance, commitment to always doing what's right, belief in self, and belief in team are the primary ingredients to success. I love the game of baseball because you don't have to be the biggest, fastest, or strongest to be successful. I know if we focus on fundamentals and practice with purpose we WILL become better ballplayers and a better team. Being able to play baseball is a privilege, not a right. I expect my players to be leaders on and off the field. There comes a day when all players will no longer be able to play the game and it is always my hope that the lessons learned on the diamond will help my players to be quality young men who are pillars in their community. I have been fortunate to have the game of baseball a part of my life since I was 12 years old. I am honored to continue that privilege at Corner Canyon High School.
Mark Rongstad, Assistant Coach
(JV Head Coach)
Played high school baseball at Lane Tech High School in Chicago Illinois. Played at Triton Junior College briefly after high school . Elbow tendinitis lead to coaching at Southern Illinois University as part of a graduate assistant-ship. Was JV Coach in 1979. Also coached at the Saluki Baseball Camp summers of 1978-80.
Experience at the high school level includes Head Coach at Grant Park High School in Grant Park Illinois 1978-79, Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach at Tinley Park High School from 1980-82, Head Baseball Coach at Olympus High School in Holladay, Utah 2013, and Assistant Baseball Coach at Corner Canyon High School 2014 to the present time.
Also have experience coaching boys’ and girls’ basketball, and girls volleyball. Am currently Head Sophomore Football coach at Corner Canyon High School.
Brad Winget, Assistant Coach
Coach Winget was born & raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and comes from a "Baseball Family." His grandfather played for the St. Louis Cardinals. His father played at BYU, and his brother played in the Orioles & Padres organizations.
He graduated from Murray High School in 1994 where he earned All-State honors in both Baseball and Basketball. He was a member of Murray's 93' State Championship team and was named Utah Gatorade Player of the year in Baseball in 1994. Coach Winget was drafted by the Minnesota Twins out of high school but decided instead to play at BYU where he was named WAC Freshman of the Year. He graduated from BYU in 1998 and has been a successful Real Estate & Mortgage business owner for the past 19 years.
"I have been married to my wife and best friend, Malissa, whom I met in high school, for 18 years. We have four awesome children. I am very active in their lives and strongly believe it is important to maintain balance between work, faith, family, education & sports. I understand the importance of developing young men into respected members of society & future leaders and will do everything possible to make sure that good decisions are made on and off the field. I understand what it takes to be successful and am dedicated to helping build a strong foundation and a great, long-term program at Corner Canyon through hard work, discipline, respect, team work, integrity & class. I am very excited to be a part of such a great school district, high school and baseball program and am confident that Corner Canyon will be a top notch, competitive baseball organization for many years to come."
Nick Merges, Assistant Coach
(Sophomore/Freshman Head Coach)
Coach Merges joins the Corner Canyon staff for the 2017 season. Coach Merges attended Winona State University in Minnesota. He was previously the Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach at Century High School in Rochester, Minnesota. Coach Merges is presently a 5th grade teacher at Sandy Elementary in the Canyons School District.
Joel Smith, Assistant Coach
Coach Smith joins the Corner Canyon staff for the 2017 season. Coach Smith will be joining the Chargers coaching staff and assisting Coach Merges on game days at the sophomore level for the upcoming season. Coach Smith has been a member of the Corner Canyon teaching staff since the school opened in August of 2013. He teaches 3D Graphics, 3D Animation, Digital Media I, Accounting, Computer Technology & Yearbook. Coach Smith played high school baseball at Riverton High School and is a graduate of Utah Valley University.