(GBG Founder, SoCal Area Scout St. Louis Cardinals, USA Baseball Instructor, and Team Manager)
Born in Whittier, California, Michael attended Don Bosco Technical High School, an all-boys catholic school in Rosemead, CA. While there, he excelled in both sports and academics. As a Freshman he made the Varsity teams for baseball, football, and soccer; his Sophomore year he added Varsity Track and lettered on Varsity in four sports all the way through his Senior year. He was also voted All State in football, baseball, and soccer. His athletic abilities helped garner honors such as 1st Team All League in baseball, football, and soccer. When not attending school or studying, Michael also competed on a premier nationally ranked club soccer team with the Santa Anita Breakaway, which won both state and national titles. He also played baseball for both the Mariners and Angels Scout team while in high school. Michael also was selected for many premiere showcase teams such as Area Code Team and Team One Perfect game teams.
Having graduated in the top 5% of his class, Michael was heavily recruited by many colleges in 3 sports, including Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and the University of Tennessee, both for his academic prowess and his athletic skills. Michael accepted a full-ride scholarship to play baseball and football at the University of Tennessee. Michael bypassed his college scholarship when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the supplemental 1st round (36th overall) of the 2001 June draft with the pick awarded to the Mariners after the free agent departure of Alex Rodriguez. He played almost 10 professional seasons with a AAA career batting average of .336. Played professionally with the Mariners, Brewers, Phillies, Orioles and ended in AAA with the Houston Astros last year in 2010. During his professional career, he played mostly shortstop and second, but then in the last 4 years has played every position on the field, including catcher.
Coaching experience: Private and group instruction and training since 2004, Arizona Wildfire Baseball 2010-2011, Nomar Garciaparra Hitting Camp 2011, South Bay Surf 16U manager 2011-2012, and various hitting and fielding clinics. Currently Michael is coaching with GBG and is the So. Cal. Area Scout for St. Louis Cardinals. He is also a USA Baseball Instructor. Michael helps with clinics and camps all around the country. Michael is available for private and group lessons focusing on all aspects of baseball. You can contact him here on our site or email Mike@GarciaparraBaseball.com.
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I’ll keep this simple, my father Ramon has been coaching for over 40 years and myself and others consider him one of the best coaches around. He has managed teams from 5 year olds to Elite men’s softball teams, winning every kind of league title all the way to National Championships. Winning and teaching the game is just his thing! Even though his name is under mine on this page he is definitely “El Jefe” aka “The Boss”.
My brother Nomar, myself, and many others would tell you that when he speaks, you better listen! It was an absolute pleasure and joy to have him as my “Assistant Coach” last year. He has a world of knowledge that anyone who has learned from him, would say they’ve been lucky to do so. Also, he has a couple of sons who both were 1st Round Draft Picks in the MLB. Our program is very happy to have him. – Michael
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Robby Hudson grew up in Southern California, in the City of Redlands. As a youth he participated in Baseball, Basketball, and Football. But following in his dad’s footsteps who also played professional baseball, Robby’s focus was always on baseball. Growing up Robby was apart of three AAU under 16 national championship teams and was invited to be apart of the Jr. USA Baseball Team. After youth sports Robby attended Redlands High school and lettered in all three sports Baseball, Basketball, and Football. Robby was named all Citrus Belt League as a shortstop in baseball and as a wide receiver in football.
After high school Robby focused solely on Baseball and attended Riverside Community Collage. As a freshman Robby started at second base and helped lead his team to a Junior Collage Nation Championship. As a sophomore Robby moved over to short stop and helped lead the team to a playoff birth and was named Easton Defensive Junior Collage Player of the Year. That same year Robby also graduated Riverside Community Collage with Associates Degree and excepted a baseball scholarship to the University of Texas Longhorns. The Summer after his sophomore year Robby was invited to play for the Nike Summer league Baseball team in Portland Oregon where he played short stop and helped lead the team to a NBC Summer League World Series Title. Entering into his Junior year at the University of Texas Robby won the starting short stop position where he lead the team in RBI’s and was named all Big 12 short stop, the Longhorns also made it to the Collage World Series National Championship game against Cal State Fullerton where they fell short. Robby came back for his senior year and played second base for the Longhorns, making a return trip to the Collage World Series, where they beat the University of Florida Gators for the title of Men’s Division 1 National Champions.
In 2005 Robby signed with the Seattle Mariner’s where he played two years. In 2007 Robby was traded to the Chicago White Sox where he played for four years reaching AAA. Robby ended his carrier in 2011 playing for both the AAA Philadelphia Phillies and the AAA San Diego Padres.
As for coaching, Robby has worked with every different age level. Robby was a offseason infield assistant at the University of Texas as well as a hitting and fielding instructor for Redlands High School. Robby has help been giving private lesions and coaching various travel ball teams for the past six years. (You can reach out to him him for lessons at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Nick played his High School baseball in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina at Wando High School. There he posted a 26-7 career pitching record and after his senior season he received several accolades including; All State, Low- Country Player of The Year, and 4 A Player of The Year. After High School he went on to play baseball in the Southern Conference for The Citadel where he pitched for four years. Once his playing career was over he immediately got into coaching. He has coached at a variety of levels in baseball. He has coached rec league baseball, AAU/USSA Travel Baseball Teams, and High School. Nick has since relocated to California to work for Anschutz Entertainment group and is excited to start his first season with GBG. If you are interested in private pitching/hitting lessons he can be reached at Nsprowls17@gmail.com
Coach Bullard grew up in West Covina where he attended Bishop Amat High School. After participating in the 1997 Area Code Games he committed to UCSB. Upon the completion of his junior season at UCSB he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 9th round. He pitched six seasons in pro ball before retiring in 2006.
Besides coaching with GBG, Coach Bullard has spent the last nine years working in finance in the private equity and wealth management sectors.
He currently resides in Rancho Palos Verdes with his wife Jill, daughter Makenzie, son Brayden, and pug Ninja. In his spare time he offers pitching lessons on Saturday mornings in the South Bay. He can be reached at Jbull29@msn.com or by cell at (805) 448-4913.
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Zak was born and raised in Redondo Beach, then moved to Torrance at 14 where he attended South High School. At South, Zak lettered in Football and Baseball and was named 1st team All-Bay League in both sports. He continued to UC Irvine to play baseball his freshman year, then transferred to The Univeristy of Oklahoma. In 1992, Zak was named 1st team All-Big 8 Conference. The Sooners also participated in The College World Series that year. He was the selected in the 23rd round of the 1992 Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. Zak played 3 seasons in the Astros organization and one with the Chicago Cubs.
Zak has been coaching for the past 8 years. He is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes. This is his fourth season at the helm of the Dolphins. The previous 4 seasons, Zak served as the Pitching Coach at South High. Zak also coaches High School Football. He has been at South High, Mira Costa, and Chadwick as a varsity assistant. At Mira Costa, the Mustangs reached the CIF Finals in 2008 and returned in 2009 to win the CIF title. Zak lives in Redondo Beach and is available for pitching lessons. (310) 714-1334. email@example.com
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Born from Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Florida, Marcos has baseball in his blood. He was a 4-year letterman at Christopher Columbus High School, an all boys Catholic school, which was known for its baseball program. During is junior year, Marcos signed a Division 1 scholarship to play baseball in South Carolina. After a medical redshirt and splitting time in the middle infield, Marcos decided to transfer to Southeastern University where he played middle infield with MLB second baseman, Dee Gordon. They won back-to-back national titles and Marcos was MVP one year, Dee the other.
Marcos graduated college with a degree in Sports Business Management. After several private workouts for professional teams and a few short stints with the Phillies, Tigers and Twins organizations, Marcos signed with the independent ball team, Kalamazoo Kings and hit over .380. He finished his playing career in Wichita with the Wichita Wingnuts.
Marcos is full time baseball as he not only instructs the infielders and hitters at South, but also works as an Associate Scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. He coaches for the college developmental program, Garciaparra Baseball Group, and has over 25 private clients whom he instructs individually and prepares both mentally and physically to reach their full potential. Marcos owns a sports apparel company out of Panama City, Panama and resides in Santa Monica with his cat, Cheech.
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Grew up in Southern California, in the San Fernando Valley. Played High School baseball at Kennedy High in Granada Hills CA (97-01). Won the LA City Championship in 2000 at Dodger Stadium and earned co-player of the year in the City Section while posting a .471 avg. with 36 RBI. In 2001 was drafted as a catcher in the 24th round of the 2001 MLB player draft by the Arizona Diamondback. Spent 7 years with the Diamondback (02-08). In 2004 was a Cal League All Star catcher for the Lancaster Jethawks, lead the league with 106 games behind the plate and posted a .315 avg. with 13 homeruns and 68 RBI. In 2005 was a part of the Championship Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. While finishing my last year with the Diamondbacks in AAA Tucson posted a .294 avg. Played two years of independent ball one for the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League (09) and for the Na Koa Ikaika Maui in the Golden League (10).
After hanging them up in 2010 I coached at Viewpoint High School in Calabasas (10-12). I also worked for multiple academy and have been involved with travel ball for many years. I have a desire for teaching and developing young talent. Resides in Newhall, CA with my wife Valerie, son Elijah and will be expecting in September.
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