A name that should be familiar to long-time area sports fans has joined the high school baseball coaching ranks.

John Pinto was named the new head baseball coach at North Valleys at the beginning of August.

Pinto, 49, who runs the Silver Legacy race and sports book, has coached at several Northern Nevada schools since graduating from Sparks in 1984.

He was an assistant baseball coach at McQueen in 1992, and coached summer league baseball teams at Reed for four years. Pinto also coached the junior varsity baseball team at Reed.

Pinto, who played baseball, football and basketball at Sparks, said he has spent 14 years as a coach or assistant, for both football and baseball.

“This is a good opportunity,” Pinto said of the North Valleys job. “They’ve got everything in place.”

He met with the players last week and said about 35 showed up. North Valleys has nine returners from last season when the Panthers finished 6-16 in league play, 7-19-1 overall. There were three sophomores on the team.

Pinto said his assistants will be Harley Enochson, who played baseball at Nevada, Len Gilmore, Sparks graduate who played three seasons with the Cleveland Indians organization, and Darren Geary, a Fallon graduate, who played football at Butte JC and at Northwestern.

Pinto’s son, Jonathan Pinto, is a redshirt freshman on the baseball team at Saint Martin’s University in Olympia, Wash.

Pinto replaces Joe Genung at North Valleys.