Nate Fernley begins his 13th season as head coach for the Warriors in 2019. During his tenure, the Warriors have boasted a .644 winning percentage, posting a 363-201 record. In that span no other South Coast Conference team has had more wins, overall or conference (194).
In Coach Fernley's first year at the helm in 2007, the Warriors won their first conference championship in 19 years. The Warriors repeated as conference champion in 2010, culminating in an appearance at the State Tournament Final Four for the first time since 1951. In 2017, Fernley led the Warriors back to the State Championship Final Four after posting a program-record 25-game winning streak. The team went 40-11 overall that season. Overall, ECC has frequented the playoffs under the leadership of Fernley, making eight Regional, four Super Regional and two final four appearances (2017, 2010).
Fernley has coached over 100 student-athletes who have gone on to four-year programs with several moving on to the professional ranks.
Fernley took over at El Camino College after two years as recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Long Beach City College. Fernley was an integral part of the Vikings' 2006 State Championship team. Under Fernley's direction the pitching staff ranked first in the South Coast Conference both years and fourth and first in California, respectively.
As a player Fernley, played two years at Long Beach City College before transferring to BYU. Fernley was named a consensus All-American for the Cougars and led the NCAA with 16 wins. Post-graduation, Fernley signed with the Cleveland Indians organization. He played for three years in the Indians and Chicago Cubs minor league systems. Fernley was inducted into the Long Beach City College Hall of Fame in 2013.
Fernley graduated from BYU with a degree in Spanish. He earned his Master's in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy. Fernley's wife is Dara, and the couple have three children, Hallee, Jake and Baylee.