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Longtime baseball coach Mandy Pelaez returns to alma mater

Southwest Miami announced that alumnus Mandy Pelaez will be its new baseball coach.

Pelaez, a graduate of Southwest in 1987, has coached at Miami Sunset the past 14 seasons and led the Knights to five district runner-up finishes and the school's first district championship in 2013.

"It’s exciting to come back home to one of the premier baseball programs in Miami where I started my high school baseball and coaching career," Pelaez said. "I’ve always bled purple. I’m blessed to have enough talent returning from the district championship team to compete for a state title in 2017."

Pelaez starred at Southwest in high school, where he still holds the school records for most stolen bases in a career (49), a season (22) and is tied for most in a game (5).

In college, Pelaez played at Miami-Dade College and later at FIU where he was part of the first Panthers’ team to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Pelaez, who coached at Miami Central prior to his stint at Sunset coached in the early 1990s as an assistant under then-head coach and current Southwest athletic director Jorge Diaz. While Pelaez was on staff then, the Eagles went 86-26 and were ranked as high as No. 5 nationally.