2019 was a tremendous success on many levels for the Coastal Cubs organization. Many great lessons were learned from success and adversity on the baseball diamond. The Coastal Cubs 14U Fall and Spring Program was coached by Chris Joyce, current pitching coach at Santa Barbara City College. The teams competed on Sundays at the beautiful baseball field at Dunn HS and practiced Wednesday nights at UCSB. The young Cubs had a chance to practice under the lights at the Caesar Uyesaka Stadium and utilize their state of the art hitting facility.
The Coastal Cubs HS team had a competitive summer schedule, playing weekend double-headers versus Connie Mack teams from Southern California. The highlight of the summer was the teams strong effort in the Perfect Game Pacific Coast Invitational. Several players of the Cubs team opened the eyes of college recruiters. One particular Cubs player, Henry Manfredonia from San Marcos HS has verbally committed to UCSB for the 2022 season.
The Coastal Cubs Collegiate Team had a great summer campaign losing in the championship game in the inaugural season of the Golden Coast Collegiate League. The Cubs played non-conference games versus the Santa Barbara Foresters, Conejo Oaks and San Luis Blues. The Cubs roster had players from Santa Barbara City College, Cuesta College, Westmont College, Grand Canyon College.
Two former players/coaches in the program took their baseball careers to a higher level. Ian Churchill left-handed pitcher from San Marcos HS and SBCC received an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona. Another local prep star and left handed pitcher, Gabe Speier, made his Major League debut with the Kansas City Royals. Both young men have been great role models for the Coastal Cubs players and all local prep baseball players.
The Coastal Cubs are excited for the 2020 baseball season to begin with our talent coaches helping our players reach their baseball dreams.
Antonio Andrade has a passion for baseball and people. A former local high school baseball star for Santa Barbara High School, currently attends Occidental University. As a sophomore for the Oxy baseball team, Antonio helped the 2019 club to a 28-14 overall record with a 16-8 conference mark. Showing his versatility, Antonio played several positions on the field while hitting .277 with 12 doubles and 2 Home-runs.
Antonio has spent several summers playing and coaching in the Coastal Cubs baseball organization. His coaching duties have entailed working with the Cubs 14U and summer high school team.
Recently Antonio was named the head coach for the Whilshire Warriors 14U baseball club. He continues to give back to young aspiring players while feeding his own passion for the game of baseball. Antonio is currently studying Kinesiology with the intent of becoming a strength and conditioning coach following graduation.
The Coastal Cubs organization is very proud of Antonio Andrade's growth as a student-athlete and aspiring coach.
The Coastal Cubs 14U Development program have begun their Fall 2019 campaign. Wednesday nights the Coastal Cubs and Santa Barbara Pony will practice for 8 weeks at UCSB's baseball field and under the lights. Leading the group instruction is Chris Joyce (assistant coach SBCC), Dylan Jones (assistant coach UCSB), Dylan DeBrouwer (assistant coach Westmont College), Danny Muno (Milb Chicago White Sox) and Alex Hoover (former assistant coach Cal Poly-SLO). The focus of the fall program is to enforce the basic fundamentals of the game physically and mentally.
The UCSB Gauchos will play many of their home dates under the lights in 2020. The program led by Andrew Checkett's is one of the top programs in the country.