I CAME TO BASEBALL LATE, AT LEAST BY TODAY’S STANDARDS
The baseball career I’ve enjoyed the past twenty-five years has been shaped by the family that introduced me to the game, the coaches who brought the game’s details and nuances into focus, and hundreds of players from whom I’ve learned more than I could possibly hope to teach.
I grew up in Vancouver, Washington, where I began playing Little League Baseball at the age of nine. I was on the small side, compared to my peers, but developed strong catch-and-throw skills at an early age. I graduated from Prairie High School in 1984 and was recruited by several colleges and universities. I attended the University of Portland, where I earned a business degree and enjoyed a successful baseball career for the Pilots, capped off by participation in the 1989 NCAA Tournament. After college, I signed a Minor League contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, for whom I played sparingly, most notably with future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.
Following my release, I coached high school and American Legion baseball in Yakima, Washington for four years. In 1995, I got my first head coaching opportunity at a small junior college in Centralia, Washington. After two years there, and a brief stint as an assistant coach at Portland State University, I was hired at my alma mater, the University of Portland, where I spent eighteen years as a Division I head coach.
Having been a college head coach and clinic speaker for twenty years, I am highly qualified to assist amateur players at all levels. From helping the youth player develop the physical skills needed for success, to fine tuning the physical and mental skills of the most gifted college and professional prospects, my knowledge and passion for teaching will help you reach your potential. And with twenty years’ experience as a college recruiter, I am in a unique position to provide college-bound student-athletes with an unmatched glimpse into the world of college recruiting, NCAA regulations, admissions, financial aid, and the many factors involved in making a great college selection.