Eric Waln grew up in Orange County and attended Capistrano Valley HS graduating in 1986. While at Capo Valley he was on the surf team. Waln then went on to attend Long Beach St and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a minor in English. He began his passion for coaching, mentoring, and developing youth athletes as a simple AYSO and Little League Volunteer, but his true love was always for the game of baseball. In 2013, he returned to Capo Valley coaching the Cats feeder team before eventually becoming a Freshman assistant and ultimately the JV Head Coach.
He embodies the true meaning of Cougar Pride starting with his wife Tricia of 25 years. Tricia graduated from Capo Valley in 1987 and their two children, Bailey and Braden also graduated from Capo Valley. His daughter Bailey a 2013 graduate of CVHS was a 4 year Varsity Cheerleader and Team Captain while attending Capo. She recently attained her Masters Degree from USC as a Clinical Therapist. Waln’s son Braden a 2017 graduate played soccer at CVHS and is currently living it up at Boise State University. This is coach Waln's third year on the varsity staff.
Coach Hansen graduated from Westminster HS in 1968. He attended UCLA on a football scholarship where he also wrestled. He was named to the 2nd team all CIF football team his senior year in HS and was also an all CIF wrestler in both his Junior and senior years. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation as an academic All-American in 1968. He has been associated with Capo sports since 1988. He coached Varsity football at Capo from 1988 - 1995 during which time Capo won the CIF championship in 1991. He has coached several levels of youth baseball and has been an accredited high school Umpire for many years.
He lives in Ladera Ranch with his wife of 39 years, Evonne. He has four children, Tyler, Matthew, Danica and Erik. This is Greg's third year coaching for the Cougars at the freshman level.
COACH SPENCER SUNDAHL
Bob Zamora was raised in Los Angeles and played his high school baseball at Mt. Carmel High School where he was an All-League shortstop and team captain. He then went on to play at Chapman University where he was also the team captain helping them win the National Championship in 1968. Coach Zamora also played and coached for the San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1970.
Coach Zamora was the Head Coach at Capistrano Valley High School for 41 years, retiring as the Head Coach after the 2018 season. Zamora finished with 746 career wins which is second-most in Orange County high school baseball history and in the top five in California state history. During that 41 year span his teams won 17 South Coast League Championships and won 7 CIF Championships, going 7-0 in championship games.
Coach Zamora has seen seven of his former players play in the major leagues: Don August (1981), Milwaukee Brewers; Eric Fox (1981), Oakland A’s; Brandon Puffer (1994), Houston Astros; Brad Davis (2001), Miami Marlins; Kyle Hendricks (2008), Chicago Cubs; Tyler Matzek (2009), Colorado Rockies; Brandon Brennan (2010), Seattle Mariners.
Through all his accomplishments, Zamora has been honored by being inducted into the Chapman University Athletic Hall of Fame; California Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame; and also this year the CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame.
Coach Zamora graduated from Chapman University with his BA in Spanish and also has a Masters in Spanish from UC Irvine. Zamora resides in Mission Viejo with his wife of 50 years, Cindy. They have 3 children; Dan, Ali, and Peter and 5 grandchildren; Madie, Josie, Cooper, Peyton, and Harper.
COACH GIL SANCHEZ
COACH RYAN CHEO
Adam Sorgi is a proud alum of Capistrano Valley High School where he won 2 CIF titles (2000 & 2001) and 3 South Coast League Championships (2000, 2001 & 2003). He was named South Coast League MVP, All-County and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies his senior year. Sorgi decided to hold off on professional baseball and attend Stanford University. While at Stanford, he earned All-Pac 12 honors twice and ended with a .324 (152-469) career batting average with five homers, 73 RBI and three stolen bases in 130 games played and 117 starts. Sorgi was a smooth fielder with soft hands and was among the Pac-10's top defensive players during his tenure. In 2007, Sorgi was drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round and played one season for them. A shoulder injury ended his playing career.
Sorgi started his coaching career at UC Davis as an assistant coach for one season under Rex Peters, currently Asst. Coach at UCLA. He took some time off to pursue other careers before joining the varsity staff at Santa Margarita Catholic High School. In his first year, he helped the Eagles win their first ever CIF Division 1 title in baseball. In 2018, Adam Sorgi was named only the 2nd coach in Capistrano Valley High School history as Coach Bob Zamora retired as head coach after 41 years.
Coach Sorgi returned to his alma mater in 2018 as a Health teacher and quickly led his 1st Cougar team to the 2019 South Coast League Championship. A hard fought 2-1 loss to eventual CIF Division 1 CIF Champion Cypress ended the Cougars season in the playoffs.
Coach Sorgi graduated from Stanford in 2007 with his BA in Communication and also holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. He is also a proud member of the Swedish National Baseball Team and loves to travel with the team and compete against the best in the world. This is coach Sorgi's third year as head coach of the Cougars.
COACH ERIC WALN
Coaching baseball for the last 20 years, Coach Calabuig has had a huge impact on the Capistrano Valley program. Offering his services on a volunteer basis for the past 12 years has made him a player favorite.
His son, Chase (Cougar alum), is a currently working his way up the Oakland A's minor league system.
COACH ROB CALABUIG
COACH GREG HANSEN
Born and raised in San Diego and was a standout at baseball powerhouse, Eastlake high school. Played collegiately at Cal State LA where upon graduation received a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. This is Spencer's first year coaching for the Cougars. Voted best dressed at practice by other members of the staff.
Coach Zill started playing baseball competitvely when he was 10 years old. His passion for baseball grew as he started playing high school baseball at Capistrano Valley and he would eventually go on to play Division 1 college baseball at Cal Poly SLO. During his time at Cal Poly, he worked his way up to be a weekend starter all 4 years. Jarred earned the Mike Krukow pitcher of the year award for being the team's most valuable pitcher and was consistently ranked as one of the top pitchers in the Big West conference. Jarred was introduced to coaching during his time at Cal Poly when he took on more of a leadership role, often being the right-hand man to the pitching coach and helped bridge the communication gap between the coaching staff and players.
Jarred spends a lot of time researching the upcoming trends in baseball and aims to stay on the cutting edge of how the game is changing. This is his first year as the varsity pitching coach for the Cougars.
Capistrano Valley Baseball
Gil Sanchez is a retired Fire Captain from a large fire department in southern California. He played high school baseball at Loara High School in Anaheim and then played a year at Santa Ana College before deciding to pursue a fire department career.
Gil was a certified paramedic for 30 years and is currently an EMT. He is Nationally Certified as an Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) and a Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC). He is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Association of Sport Medicine (NASM). He’s been coaching baseball for over 15 years at different levels and on different club teams.
Both of Gil’s sons attended Capistrano Valley High School. Gradeigh graduated in 2012 and was a 2 year letterman in baseball gathering numerous honors including scholar athlete and valedictorian. He graduated as scholar athlete in baseball from UCSD .
Garett graduated in 2013 and received numerous academic honors including valedictorian and was the ASB president at Capo and lettered in Tennis. Garett graduated from Georgetown University in 2016.
Coach Sanchez is excited to come back to Capo. He feels like he has come home to family and is honored to be the Capo Freshman Coach after a 36 year fire department career. "It’s my dream retirement job to coach the game I love and am so passionate about". This is coach Gil's third year coaching the frosh/soph team.