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Mike Zirelli – Head Coach

Zirelli is entering his 5th season as Head Coach of the Caps. 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 16 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 was named a prep All-American at the AAU Junior Olympics in Knoxville, Tenn., where his team claimed the bronze medal in 1993. 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 9 and Rocco 7). The family resides in San Carlos, Calif.

 

Pete Fukuhara – Assistant Coach

2017 will mark Pete’s 5th year with the Caps- he has been with the team since its inception. Pete coached the infielders and hitters for the Caps from 2013-2016. He also coached 3B. ‘Fuke’ will continue to have the same coaching duties in 2017. In 2016, the Caps hit a remarkable .304 as a team. The Caps bashed 50 HR’s on the summer as well. In 2015, the Caps nearly hit .300 as a team- a remarkable accomplishment given the Caps schedule and the fact the hitters have never faced collegiate pitching. Currently, Pete is the Head Coach of Palo Alto HS. 2015 was his first year at the helm, and he guided the program to 19 wins and a league title. Pete will no doubt do a tremendous job leading his alma mater in the coming years. He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1994 and was listed in the Cincinnati Showcase as one of the top 64 high school recruits in the country in 1993.  He went on to play baseball at Canada College where he was awarded the California State Junior College Player of the Year in 1996.  In 1997, he was an All-Star in the Cape Cod Summer League, then went on to play at Cal State Fullerton and received All-League Honors both years he was at CSUF.  After college, Pete joined the Chicago Cubs Organization and in 2000 their team won the Florida State League Championship.  Since then, Pete has coached the American Legion summer league from 2004-2006.  Pete spent six years coaching at powerhouse Saint Francis HS in Mountain View. St. Francis was nationally ranked each of Fuke’s 5 seasons there and won the CCS Division I. title in 2013. Pete lives in Palo Alto with his wife Julie.

 

Tony Brewer – Assistant Coach

Tony-BrewerTony is entering his third year with Caps. In 2015 & 2016, his responsibilities with the Caps were outfield defense, coaching 1B, and working with the Caps hitters. His coaching responsibilities will remain the same for 2017. The Caps offense was dangerous at the plate all summer long in 2016, finishing with an eye-popping team OBP of .387%. Tony is well respected from anyone that has ever been associated with him and given his experience and demeanor, he is a very valuable resource for the Caps players. Tony played collegiately at Foothill College before transferring to the University of Miami. After his Hurricane days, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent. ‘Brew’ had a terrific professional career highlighted by winning a batting crown in 1984 for the Dodgers AAA affiliate Albuquerque (he hit .357). Later that summer, he made his major league debut on August 1st. Tony hit a HR his final at bat in the major leagues. He also had a very successful run in Japan where he played for 4 years finishing his Japan career with a .307 avg. and 99 HR’s. Tony’s brother (Mike) also played in the major leagues (Kansas City Royals). Brew has been affiliated with amateur baseball in some capacity over the last 15 years. He currently is an assistant coach for Palo Alto HS. Tony lives in Palo Alto with his wife and has two children.