Cal Poly Baseball Coaching Staff
Head Coach • Twelfth
Pepperdine '83 (Master's: Cal Poly '85)
Hired in July 2002, Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee has elevated the Mustang baseball program to a level of play that is highly respected among his peers in the NCAA Division I West Region, resulting in eight winning seasons in 11 years, 35 or more victories five times and a pair of NCAA Division I playoff appearances.
Lee arrived at Cal Poly after 16 highly successful seasons as head baseball coach at nearby Cuesta College.
The Mustangs earned their first NCAA
Division I regional playoff berth in 2009 and returned to the
postseason in 2013, defeating the University of San Diego in the
first round and giving UCLA its toughest test of the postseason as
the Bruins overcame a 4-0 deficit in the second round en route to
the 2013 College World Series championship.
“I think Coach Lee and his staff do a great job of coaching," said San Diego head coach Rich Hill. "I’ve coached against Larry for so long. Their guys are so disciplined at the plate. They are extremely well coached."
"They are competitive and well-coached," adds UCLA head coach John Savage. "We know we dodged one against them in the regionals."
Lee guided the Mustangs to a 38-23-1 mark in 2004 to break the school record for wins in a season as a member of Division I and the 2013 squad to 40 victories, one shy of the school's all-time record for wins in a season (41 in 1977 and 1992).
Lee begins his 12th season at the helm in 2014, having led Cal Poly to six 30-win campaigns, a 349-272-2 mark (56.2 winning percentage) and nine top-four Big West finishes.
Under Lee’s guidance, Cal Poly
has finished second in the Big West Conference three times (2005,
2012, 1013) and a third-place finish in 2011.
In 2005, the Mustangs won 36 games and finished second in the Big West with wins over Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State. The 2006 squad won 11 of 17 three-game series while the 2007 Mustangs won 19 of their final 27 games en route to a 32-24 record.
In 11 seasons with the Mustangs, Lee has produced 28 first-team All-Big West players, four All-Americans and a quintet of freshman All-Americans. A total of 49 Cal Poly players coached by Lee have signed professional baseball contracts, including 47 in the last nine years.
From 2004-09, a total of 15 Mustangs were drafted in the first 10 rounds, including Garrett Olson in the first round (compensatory) in 2005. A total of 19 Cal Poly players have been drafted in the top 10 rounds over the last nine years, including a dozen Mustangs in the top five rounds.
Lee led Cuesta to the California
Community College State Final Four on four occasions, all in the
last 11 years of his 16-year tenure. The Cougars reached the
state’s Final Four in 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2002 and qualified
for the Southern California Regionals each of the last six years,
including a No. 1 seed in 1999 and No. 2 in 2002.
Lee's overall record at Cuesta was 460-241-3, including a state-leading 44 wins in 1997. His teams qualified for the regionals 11 times in his last 13 years and Lee was No. 15 on the state's community college baseball coaches’ list for career wins prior to being hired at Cal Poly.
Under Lee's leadership, Cuesta claimed nine Western State Conference titles, including six in a row (1997-2002), and averaged 38 wins during that six-year stretch. His teams produced a 267-119 record in conference games and Lee earned conference coach of the year honors eight times.
During Lee's tenure at Cuesta from 1987-2002, he produced 26 all-state players, three Southern California Players of the Year and numerous professionals. Thirteen of his 16 teams finished above the .500 mark overall, including the last seven.
Lee led his 2002 team to a school-record 24 consecutive wins en route to a 43-9 mark and a third-place state finish.
In 11 postseason appearances, Lee's teams compiled a 34-28 win-loss record.
Lee, a 1979 San Luis Obispo High School graduate, was a standout baseball and football player for the Tigers before going on to play baseball at Santa Barbara City College (1980), Orange Coast College (1981) and Pepperdine University (1982-83).
Lee was a first-team All-South Coast Conference selection at Orange Coast College as well as a second-team All-Southern California pick.
At Pepperdine, Lee was a career .304 hitter and, as a junior, earned first-team All-Southern California Baseball Association and second-team All-District 8 honors as the Waves posted a 46-21-1 record and earned a berth in the NCAA West Regional at Fresno State.
Lee hit 13 sacrifice flies for Pepperdine in 1982, tied for No. 2 in the NCAA record book for sacrifice flies in a season.
He enjoyed a brief professional baseball career, playing one year for the Utica Bluesox (1983) and ending his career in the Seattle Mariners' organization.
Before becoming head coach at Cuesta College in 1987, Lee served as an assistant coach for the Cougars for two seasons (1984-85) and at Cal Poly for one year (1986).
Lee earned his bachelor's degree in physical education/kinesiology from Pepperdine in 1983 and a master's degree in physical education from Cal Poly in 1985 as well as an adaptive physical education credential from Cal Poly in 1988.
Lee, 54, and his wife, Liz, reside in San Luis Obispo with their two children, Jenna and Brooks.
Coordinator • Fourth Year
Cal State Northridge '02
Teddy Warrecker, head baseball coach at Santa Barbara City
College the last 10 seasons, joined the Cal Poly baseball program
as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in August
"Teddy brings a lot of energy to the program," said Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee. "He has valuable experience as a head coach and, being at the junior college level, had to be a jack of all trades.
"Teddy is an integral part of our recruiting, oversees our catchers and represents the program extremely well," Lee added. "He is very talented in a number of different areas and we're excited and fortunate to have him on our staff."
Warrecker, 41, compiled a 193-198-2 record as the part-time head coach of the Vaqueros. Prior to his arrival, the team had endured 19 straight sub-.500 seasons.
"It's been a dream of mine to coach at the Division I level," added Warrecker, the son of legendary Santa Barbara High coach Fred Warrecker. "I've known for at least five years that's where I wanted to be. Coach Lee approached me about the job and it really came out of left field."
In the last seven years at SBCC, Warrecker guided Vaqueros to six winning campaigns, including a 20-16 mark in his final season (2010), and three regional playoff appearances. The Vaqueros went 102-65 (.611 winning percentage) over his last four seasons at the school.
Warrecker, who has five brothers, attended Santa Barbara High School and played for his father and head coach, Fred Warrecker, who recently completed his 37th season as head coach.
Warrecker was a catcher and first baseman at Allan Hancock
College in Santa Maria and was a two-time first-team all-conference
selection, first-team All-Northern California and first-team
All-State. He helped the Bulldogs win the Coast Valley Conference
championship in 1993, while setting school career marks in home
runs and RBI.
The following summer Warrecker played for the Kenai Oilers of the Alaskan Baseball League, a team that went on to win the NBC National Championship in Wichita, Kansas. He attended the University of Arizona before signing with the Cleveland Indians after his junior year.
Warrecker spent six years in the minor leagues as a pitcher with the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. In addition, he was invited to the Indians' Major League Camp as part of the 40-man roster in 1997. Warrecker also played in the final season, since reformed, of the Hawaii Winter League for the West Oahu Cane Fires.
After professional baseball, Warrecker completed his bachelor's degree in history at Cal State Northridge and recently finished his master's degree in sport science from the United States Sports Academy.
Prior to his 10-year stint at SBCC, Warrecker assisted his father at Santa Barbara High School, where the Dons won the Channel League in 1999, and 2000 and reached the CIF-Southern Section Division II championship game at Dodger Stadium in 2000.
Over the past several year, Warrecker has been invited to instruct at Showcase Camps at UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly as well as camps hosted by Baseball Factory, Area Code, ESPN Rise, TPX Top 96, and the Trosky School of Baseball.
Warrecker coached over 50 players who went on to play at the four-year and professional levels.
Lee, who played one year at SBCC (1980), was inducted into the California Community College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 and asked Warrecker to introduce him.
"That was an incredible honor," said Warrecker. "Out of all the players who had played for him and coaches who had worked with him, he chose me. We've had a connection and now we're going to be together and I think it's going to be a great fit."
Baseball is synonymous with the Warrecker family name. Father Fred was MVP for the UCSB Gauchos baseball squad in 1960, while brothers Willy, Wes and Donovan played at California, San Francisco State and UCSB respectively. Tony played water polo at Santa Barbara High while Jonathan was a wrestler.
Warrecker and his wife Taryn, have two sons: Troy, who turned 7 on Aug. 7, 2013, and Crosby, who was 2 on Aug. 18, 2011.
Assistant Coach •
Cal Poly/University of Phoenix '12
Thomas Eager, a pitcher at Cal Poly in 2006 and 2007 who also
pitched four seasons in the minor leagues with the St. Louis
Cardinals organization, is in his second season as Cal Poly's
pitching coach and fourth season overall with the program.
After playing four years in the minor leagues, Eager returned to his alma mater in 2011 and served two seasons as Director of Baseball Operations before his promotion to pitching coach Aug. 29, 2012. He replaced Jason Kelly, who resigned in July 2012 to become pitching coach at the University of Washington.
"Tom is a great teacher and very familiar with the program, both as a player and as a coach," said Larry Lee, Mustang head coach for the last 10 seasons. "He will be a good fit for our program."
Eager compiled an 11-3 record and 3.43 ERA as a sophomore in 2007, striking out 99 batters in 126 innings en route to first-team All-Big West Conference honors. He was 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA as a redshirt freshman in 2006.
Eager was drafted in the fifth round by St. Louis following the 2007 season and played for the Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn League), Quad Cities RiverBandits (Midwest League), Palm Beach Cardinals (Florida State League) and Springfield Cardinals (Texas League), compiling a 15-21 career win-loss mark as a professional.
Eager was a three-year varsity letterman in baseball at Merced High, earning first-team All-Central California Conference honors as a senior and second team as a junior. He helped Merced win a CIF-Sac-Joaquin Section title as a sophomore in 2002.
Born in Visalia, Eager, 28, was a business administration major at Cal Poly. Married to 2008 Cal Poly graduate Jenna in November 2011, he obtained a bachelor of science degree in business management with the University of Phoenix in May 2012.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
• Fourth Season
San Francisco State '05
Alex Hoover, a St. Joseph High School graduate in nearby Santa
Maria, was hired in the fall of 2010 as Cal Poly's volunteer
assistant coach after serving the previous four years as an
assistant coach under Teddy Warrecker at Santa Barbara City
Hoover helped SBCC to four consecutive winning seasons and a 102-65 overall mark. The Vaqueros won the Western State Conference's North Division title in 2001 and qualified for the California Community College state playoffs in both 2007 and 2008. He was the team's infield coach, worked with the hitters and was the third-base coach.
Hoover was an assistant coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters the last two summers. The Foresters posted a 40-9 record, won the California Collegiate League championship and finished third in the National Baseball Congress World Series in 2010 and, last summer, captured the CCL title again as well as the NBC World Series for the third time.
Prior to his coaching stint at SBCC, Hoover was Director of Baseball Operations for head coach Ed Sprague at Pacific. The Tigers earned 30 wins in 2006.
Born and raised in Grover Beach, Hoover was a baseball teammate of former Cal Poly pitching coach Jason Kelly at St. Joseph High and also played basketball and football.
Hoover was a second baseman for the Knights, played on the 1997 team which went 29-0 and captured a CIF-Southern Section division title. Hoover twice led the Knights to Los Padres League championships and earned All-Los Padres League honors as a second baseman.
Hoover also was a guard on the Knights' 1998 Los Padres League and CIF-Southern Section division title-winning basketball team. He also was a quarterback and safety on the St. Joseph football team and earned all-league honors on defense. The Knights reached the CIF-Southern Section playoffs in both Hoover's junior and senior seasons.
Hoover went on to play one season (2001) of baseball at Santa Barbara CC under Warrecker, then transferred to San Francisco State and was a utility infielder for the Gators. He served as the Gators' volunteer assistant in 2004 and 2005 while completing his bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure studies.
Hoover, whose father Jack is a Cal Poly graduate and former Mustang baseball player, has become a fixture along the Central and South coasts instructing at showcase camps for UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Baseball Factory, ESPN Rise and The Trosky School of Baseball.
Director of Baseball
Operations • First Season
Cal Poly '13
Elliot Stewart, a catcher at Cal Poly from 2010-13, is in his
first season as Director of Baseball Operations.
Stewart produced eight doubles, two triples and eight home runs as a senior in 2013. Among his home runs were three-run shots at Cal and at home against UC Riverside along with game-winning homers against CSU Bakersfield and Cal State Northridge.
He missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on right elbow, but produced base hits in his first three games back, including a pair of solo home runs and a sacrifice fly for three RBIs in the series against San Francisco. He had 30 RBI for the season and committed just four errors in 319 chances behind the plate.
Stewart started 31 games as a junior in 2011 and hit .252 with 10 doubles (four in the Long Beach State series) and pair of home runs (Santa Clara and Valparaiso) with 17 RBI. He made only one error in 230 chances. As a sophomore in 2010, Stewart played in 40 games with 22 starts and hit .245 with four doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI. One of his homers was a grand slam against Fresno State.
Stewart played one season at West Valley College before transferring to Cal Poly, hitting .328 with eight doubles, three home runs and 25 RBIs en route to first-team All-Golden Gate Conference honors. He is a 2008 graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, earning first-team All-West Catholic Athletic League honors as a senior and honorable mention as a sophomore and junior.
Stewart earned his bachelor's degree in social science at Cal Poly in 2013.
First Season (Cal Poly '14)
Mike Navolio, a senior at Cal Poly, is from Walnut Creek,
Calif., and played baseball at Northgate High School, graduating in
2009. He continued coaching at Northgate for three years after
graduation while attending Diablo Valley College.
Mike is a business administration major at Cal Poly with a concentration in finance, but plans to look for jobs in baseball operations upon graduation. He is excited to have the opportunity to be around the baseball team every day and serve as the team's student manager.
16th Season (Cal Poly '55)
Dick Morrow, a 1955 Cal Poly graduate
and a former Mustang third baseman in the early 1950s, returns for
his 16th season assisting the Cal Poly baseball coaching staff.
Morrow was head baseball and basketball coach at San Luis Obispo High School from 1961-65 and was a counselor at the school for 25 years, retiring in 1987.
He was a Pismo Beach city councilman from 1986-94 and served as mayor for four years. He was an assistant baseball coach at Cal Poly under Howie O’Daniels in 1956.
Morrow served for the U.S. Army in the Korean War in 1953 and 1954. After earning All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors as a third baseman, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly in 1955, a master’s degree in 1960 and earned an education specialist certificate from Michigan State in 1972.
Morrow and his wife, Nancy, reside in Shell Beach.
First Season (Cal State Northridge '12)
Andrew Shibata is in his second year
as an intern athletic trainer at Cal Poly and his first season with
the Mustang baseball team.
Shibata has worked with Cal Poly's women's volleyball, football, wrestling, women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis and men's track and cross country teams.
Shibata graduated Cum Laude from Cal State Northridge in 2012, making the Dean's List all four years. He was an intern with the Matadors' strength and conditioning program and also was a boxing fitness assistant and group fitness instructor for the Cal State Northridge Student Recreational Center.
Shibata currently works for CrossFit Inferno in San Luis Obispo, coaching one-hour classes and teaching a variety of weightlifting lifts, including Olympic lifts.
Since 2011, Shibata has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Far West Athletic Trainers' Association and California Athletic Trainers' Association. He is currently certified as an athletic trainer, CrossFit coach and American Red Cross Standard First Aid and is American Red Cross CPR/APD for the Professional Rescuer and Healthcare Provider Certified.
Shibata attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, lettering in baseball. He played youth hockey and was a boxer at Cal State Northridge. His family lives in Encino, Calif.