COACH ERIC WALN
COACH ROB CALABUIG
COACH DOMINIC CASTRO
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.
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 GIL SANCHEZ
Capistrano Valley Baseball
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.