Catch Announce 2017 Coaching Staff

La Mirada, CA - The So Cal Catch are pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Peters to head coach for the 2017 summer season. Peters served as an assistant coach last summer under head coach Jay Sulenger. Said Peters of his promotion, “Last summer was awesome, getting to grow with the team and the staff spiritually, I’m just excited to hear the sound of the bat against the ball again.”

Coaching in the collegiate and high school ranks since 1976, Coach Peters brings plenty of experience to the helm. After graduating from and playing baseball at Cal State Fullerton for legendary coach Augie Garrido, Peters began his coaching career at Santa Ana JC. After a few seasons of coaching in the junior college ranks, Coach Peters spent the next 36 years coaching baseball and basketball at three different high schools (El Modena, Millikan, and Trabuco Hills), before retiring in 2015. After knowing Ben Orr, the Catch’s General Manager, for 5+ years, Coach Peters was excited to be a part of the team last summer and is looking forward to furthering his responsibilities and taking the controls of the Catch’s 2017 season.


       

From left to right (Dan Peters, Kevin Marchael, Jonathan Munoz, Hunter Bingham and Andy Smith)


When asked of his expectations for this upcoming season Peters stated, “It is difficult to predict; if we have pitching, we will be successful. There are a lot of games so it gives us plenty of time to grow and improve as a team.” Peters went on, “It’s all about settling in with players. It’s fun to watch the individual improvement.” The Catch are looking to build on a successful 26-18 2016 season.

Dan and his wife, Christa, who he met early in his career, while teaching at Millikan High, are parents to a daughter, Jessica, and have a young, 7-year-old grandson, Christian.

Along with Peters, the So Cal Catch will also be bringing in three assistant coaches for the 2017 season: Kevin Marchael, Jonathan Munoz, Andy Smith, and Hunter Bingham.

Coach Marchael, who has served as the team’s pitching coach and chaplain, and Coach Munoz, a former player, should be very familiar to Catch fans, as they have been a large part of the team over the past couple of seasons. When asked specifically about Marchael’s return, Coach Peters replied, “I’m looking forward to having Kevin back on board. He does a tremendous job as chaplain. I’ve known him for years.”

Coach Marchael has served in this role for several seasons and is looking forward to a new group of athletes to guide in their walk with the Lord. Kevin brings a familiarity with FCA to the team, as he co-founded the FCA Huddle at Millikan High School.

As well as being heavily involved in the FCA baseball ministry, Kevin also has tremendous experience as a coach. He is a varsity baseball coach at Millikan High School and hopes to utilize that experience to help the pitchers this summer by emphasizing a strong mental game.

The So Cal Catch is also excited to bring back Jonathan Munoz, but this time as an assistant coach. Munoz was an infielder at UC Irvine and hopes to bring not only high-level Division 1 playing experience to the table, but knowledge of how the Catch runs and how to help players feel comfortable.

Coach Munoz was a scholar athlete during his time at UC Irvine and was selected to the All-Big West First-Team for the 2014 season after hitting .333 and driving in 19 runs.

Jonathan is the new head baseball coach at Whittier Christian High School, and is very excited to be a part of the Catch coaching staff for the 2017 summer.

Along with the returning members to the staff, the Catch is also excited to welcome a couple of new coaches to the team, Andy Smith and Hunter Bingham.

Coach Smith, originally from Las Vegas, is currently in his first year as an assistant coach at Biola University. Andy brings a high level of energy and experience among vast levels of the game. Coach Smith will be working alongside the infielders and hitters, sharing his expertise to create the greatest possible outcome on the field.

When asked what led Andy to the Catch he stated, “I strongly feel Jesus and baseball are a great combination and they have always gone well together. The Catch is a great platform to combine the two”

Like many former players, Coach Smith played summer ball and is excited to experience his first summer coaching, “I’m just looking forward to the professional feel, travel, and the emphasis of developing players and getting them physically and spiritually prepared for the upcoming season.”

Hunter, on the other hand, will serve as assistant coach and the assistant general manager. Hunter will be recruiting members of this year’s team, as well as assisting Coach Kevin Marchael with spiritual development.

Coach Bingham, originally from Denver, CO, was an assistant coach for the Rochester Ridgemen in the NYCBL last summer. Hunter brings a vast amount of playing and coaching experience, especially in the collegiate summer ball circuit.

One of Hunter’s main duties is recruiting and putting the team together. When asked about how it was going he stated, “We have a lot of talented ballplayers who are willing to grow in their faith. Faith is a large part of who these guys are.”

Coach Bingham is excited to be a part of the team, and is especially excited to be working with Kevin Marchael on the spiritual development aspect, “The spiritual aspect is our main purpose. Having daily intentional time to devote to our faith is the most important thing,” said Bingham.