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Mike Zirelli – Head Coach

Mike_Z_2017Zirelli is entering his 6th season as Head Coach of the Caps. In 2017, the Caps finished with a sparkling record of 29-8. Therecord was achieved despite playing 22 of 37 games on the road. The record included a 20-6 mark vs. CCL teams. The Caps won series vs. some of the top teams on the west coast including the Healdsburg Prune Packers (4-0), SLO Blues (3-0), Neptune Beach Pearl (3-1), Conejo Oaks (2-1), and Humboldt Crabs (2-1). In 2016, Zirelli led the Caps to an outstanding 25-14-1 record (27 games on the road & 28 games vs. CCL teams). He led the Caps to overall record of 35-3-2 in the program’s first summer (2013). Against collegiate competition in ’13, the Caps had an impressive 13-1-1 record. In the Caps second season (2014), the Caps competed in the highly competitive California Collegiate League. The club finished very strong winning 8 of its last 9 games. In season #3 (2015), the Caps again played a challenging CCL schedule and had several impressive wins including winning 2 of 3 games at the nationally ranked Santa Barbara Foresters. Zirelli was an assistant coach at Santa Clara University from 2003-2011. Zirelli was SCU’s pitching coach from 2004-2011 and recruiting coordinator from 2007-2011. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2010 season. He was instrumental in developing four Santa Clara pitchers into All-Americans. A record-setting pitcher at Cal Poly, Zirelli has coached some of the nation’s best players in a pair of prestigious wood bat summer leagues. He served as the pitching coach for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League in 2004, helping lead the Red Sox to a league championship. During the summer of 2003, he mentored the pitchers for the Mat-Su Miners in the Alaska Baseball League. Zirelli has coached 17 players that have reached the major leagues and over 75 that have signed professional contracts. A graduate of Cal Poly, Zirelli played for the Mustangs from 1996-99. While on the San Luis Obispo campus, Zirelli established himself as one of the best collegiate pitchers to ever wear a Cal Poly uniform. He was a two time All-Big West Conference award-winner and a freshman All-American. He also earned ‘Player of the Decade’ recognition from Cal Poly in 1999. Following his time with the Mustangs, the San Francisco Giants selected Zirelli in the 23rd round of the 1999 MLB First Year Player Draft. During his time in the Giants minor league system he played for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Bakersfield Blaze and the San Jose Giants. Despite his professional commitments, Zirelli found time to return to Cal Poly and earn his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2002. A Bay Area native, Zirelli was selected as the Santa Clara County player of the year while playing at St. Francis High School. He also earned ‘Player of the Year’ honors for both the Central Coast Section and the Western Catholic Athletic League. Zirelli is married to the former Amanda Martin, and the couple have two sons (Zack 10 and Rocco 8). The family resides in San Carlos, Calif.

 

Alex Weeks – Assistant Coach

coach-alex-weeks-img2018 will be Alex’s second with the Caps. In his first season, Coach Weeks guided the offense to a tremendous team batting average which was well over the .300 mark at season’s end. In 2017, Coach Weeks ran the Caps offense- he will do the same in ’18. In addition to his offensive coaching responsibilities, Alex was in charge of an excellent Caps infield defense and coached 3B. His responsibilities will remain the same in ’18. He is currently in his sixth season as an assistant coach at College of San Mateo. At CSM, Coach Weeks is in charge of working directly with the hitters and base runners while also coaching 3B. CSM is one of top JC programs in northern Ca. on a yearly basis. Alex is in charge of recruiting for the Bulldogs. Prior to coaching at CSM, Coach Weeks coached the freshman team at Serra High School of the WCAL for one year. In addition to coaching at Serra, Weeks has coached for GamePrep Baseball Academy and San Mateo American Legion. As a player, Alex attended College of San Mateo where he was an All-Conference Player and voted team captain in his sophomore year. He helped guide the team to back to back Coast championships. After CSM, Weeks transferred to San Diego State University, graduating from there in 2010. In December 2014, Weeks completed his Masters in Kinesiology from St. Mary’s College. Alex is an extremely hard working, intelligent, young coach with a very bright future. He bonded extremely well with the Caps players in ’17 and will do the same again this summer. Alex is currently engaged and resides in Burlingame.

 

Scott Masik – Assistant Coach

scott-masik-imgCoach Masik returns for his second season with the Caps. Scott and Coach Weeks are responsible for the Caps’ hitters. In 2017, the Caps offense averaged an incredible 8.2 runs per game. In addition to his offensive coaching duties in 2017, ‘Mas’ was in charge of the Caps outfielders and coached first base. His duties will remain the same in ’18. Scott is a Bay Area native and attended Archbishop Mitty High School. Following Mitty, he attended San Jose City College. Scott was named a Pre-Season All-American before transferring to Cabrillo College. Following his stint at Cabrillo, Scott traveled to so-cal as he transferred to Cal State Los-Angeles where he finished his college career. His senior season, he lead the Golden Eagles to a CCAA conference tournament championship and a regional playoff berth. Masik was named first team All-CCAA, All-CCCA Tournament Team, All-West Region Honorable Mention, and All-West Region Gold Glove Outfielder following his tremendous senior campaign. That June, the Oakland Athletics selected Masik in the 21st round of the MLB Amateur Draft. He spent 2 years with the A’s before multiple injuries ended his career. Coach Masik then went back to CSULA to finish his degree in Communication and was hired on as an assistant coach. Currently, Masik is on his 5th season coaching with Dub Dynasty Baseball in Morgan Hill and finishing up his Masters Degree in Kinesiology at San Jose State University. Scott is an up & coming, hard-nosed coach with a great feel for the game that holds the players accountable. He is single and resides in Santa Cruz.

 

Andrew Encinas – Assistant Coach

andrew-e-img2018 marks Andrew’s fourth season with the PUF Caps. Andrew was a starting pitcher on the OC’s (Original Caps) back in 2013 and has been a part of the Caps’ coaching staff each of the last 2 summers (2016 & 2017). In 2016, Coach E monitored the bullpen and was also responsible for the pitchers during pre-game (he took the staff through PFP’s, picks, and watched conditioning). In 2017, he was promoted to pitching coach where he, along with Coach Zirelli monitored all aspects of the staff on a daily basis. In 2018, his responsibilities will remain the same. Andrew played his college baseball at University of Nevada Las Vegas. In 2015 after his freshman campaign, Andrew had Tommy John surgery. He made a full comeback but unfortunately suffered a shoulder injury upon his return which marked the end of his playing days. Andrew’s most memorable baseball moment came pitching in a regional for the Running Rebels at Oregon St. In this outing E struck out MLB All-Star and current Mets OF Michael Conforto. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UNLV in 2017. Encinas played High School baseball in southern California at Gahr HS where he received Athlete of the Year, was a 2 time All-CIF selection, 2 time All-Area selection, and 2 time All-League selection during his HS career. E is a loyal, trustworthy young coach with incredible passion for the game. Andrew is a huge Dodgers fan and resides in Norwalk, Ca.
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