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".
COACH ROB CALABUIG
COACH GIL SANCHEZ
Tony Nieto played his high school baseball at Schurr High School where he was named to the All-Foothill League team and All-Area team his senior year. He then played four years at the University of Southern California and was named team captain his senior year. In his four year career at USC Nieto started at every position on the field except 2nd Base and Centerfield, until he settled in as a pitcher his senior year. In 1994, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He played 2 seasons in the Reds organization and one in the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Coach Nieto was the Head Coach at California High School in Whittier, California for 16 years. At Cal High, he finished with the most career wins as baseball coach in school history with 265. His teams won 7 league championships and made 13 trips to the CIF playoffs (4 Quarter-Final appearances and 2 consecutive Semi-Final appearances in 2014 & 2015); 50 of his former players went on to play at the college level. Nieto has also coached at the college level with Loyola Marymount University (2000 & 2001). At Loyola Marymount, he helped guide the Lions in the 2000 season to a 3rd consecutive West Coast Conference championship.
Nieto has had five of his former players play in the major leagues: Anthony Reyes (1999), St. Louis Cardinals; Bill Traber (2000), New York Yankees; Josh Whitesell (2001), Arizona D-Backs & Washington Nationals; C.J. Wilson (2001), Los Angeles Angels, and Joc Pederson (2010), Los Angeles Dodgers. Nieto also coached for five summers in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League.
Coach Nieto graduated from USC in 1995 with his BA in Communications and also has a Masters in Special Education. Nieto resides in Mission Viejo with his wife Veronica (Whittier College '97; USC '16) and their 3 sons: Noah (20), Dylan (16) and Aidan (13).
Dominic Castro enters his first season with Capo Valley HS after finishing his playing career at Concordia University, Irvine. Castro was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona where he played outfield and pitched at Hamilton HS in Chandler.
At Concordia University, Castro played outfield for four years. He graduated in 2018 with his BA in Business Admin. in Sports Management and is currently getting his MBA.
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.
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.
COACH ERIC WALN
COACH DOMINIC CASTRO
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.