I was born in Rio Linda, California but grew up in Glendale, California and played High School baseball at Herbert Hoover HS where I was a Left-Handed Pitcher and Center Fielder who played Varsity Baseball for 3 years, finishing my Senior year with a .426 BA and helping to lead the Tornados to a Pacific League Championship.
I spent my college years at Dartmouth College, where I played from 1994-1997. Originally recruited as a Pitcher, a shoulder injury forced me to transition to the outfield upon my arrival in Hanover. I was a 4-time All-Ivy League selection and, at the time of my graduation, was the career record-holder in 11 offensive categories. I reached the peak of my playing career when I suited up for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 1994 and 1995. It was at Eldredge Field in Orleans, MA that I got my first taste of coaching, working with 5- to 8-year-olds at the club’s Summer Camp.
My coaching career began in earnest in 2008 in London, UK at LondonSports, the UK’s largest youth baseball club. Over six seasons at LondonSports, I coached at all levels of youth Baseball and helped to establish the club’s first Travel Team program. I also ran the club’s Minors League (10 and under) for 4 years, organizing rosters, schedules and all aspects of administration for an 8-team league with over 120 players.
Prior to the 2016 season, my son Malakai and I joined the London Mets Baseball & Softball Club. I continued to coach at the youth level, but also began to establish myself as an adult Baseball coach, taking a role as Assistant Coach with the London Mammoths, the Mets’ AAA affiliate.
In 2017, I established the London Meteorites, another AAA team made up of prospects from the Mets youth system. I also coached the club’s Juniors All-Star team to a 3rd place finish in the Europe/Africa Regional Little League Championship Tournament (in Kutno, Poland), the club’s 2nd highest finish in this tournament. At the youth level, my teams have won 5 British Youth National Championships. I was also nominated and selected as a finalist for the British Youth Baseball Coach of the Year.
In 2018, I became the Manager of the Mets’ National Baseball League team, leading them to a 20-4 record en route to their 2nd consecutive league title and the club’s 5th overall National Championship (a British record). We followed this season with a repeat performance, going 23-1 in 2019 and retaining the National Championship for the 3rd consecutive year.
In 2019, I was invited to join the Great Britain National Baseball program as the Head Coach of the Under 23 team, my greatest coaching achievement to date. We competed in a European Championship Tournament in Prague, finishing 5th overall. This was GB’s highest ever finish at this level. The highlight of this tournament was a 2-1 victory over the heavily favored Dutch (Kingdom of the Netherlands) team , the first time Great Britain had beaten the Dutch in any age group.
I’m a proud member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and consider myself a lifelong learner of the game.