Some say that Dustin's place as one of the most respected baseball minds in Alameda's rich history of youth sports was a matter of destiny. His grandfather, Toby Chavez (1931-2003) was an Alameda H.S. quarterback who co-founded Pop Warner football and Babe Ruth baseball leagues in the island city. The elder Chavez also served as commissioner of Alameda's Parks & Recreation Dept. for eight years. In 2004, the year after his death, the lower field at Washington Park was dedicated in his honor.
Dustin starred on the diamond for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. Dustin's prowess as an all-around player for the Pilots earned him All-League honors as a pitcher and second baseman. Dustin also participated on the soccer team at SJND.
Fresh off a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology: Sports and Recreational Management from St. Mary's College of California, Dustin became "Coach Dustin" as a 22-year assistant for head coach George Everly at St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley. In his two seasons (preceding his co-founding of Neptune Beach Pearl ), Coach Dustin helped the Panthers to back-back appearances in the North Coast Section Division IV championship game, winning the title in 2009. As an assistant at his high school alma mater (2013-15), Coach Dustin helped the Pilots to their first league title in 20 years. As an assistant under his Pearl co-founder, Scott Tully, he returned to St. Mary's College High School in 2017 and led the Panthers to the TCAL League title. Coach Dustin currently assists Coach Tully at Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek.
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