Field Staff


DAN PETERS #31
Head Coach

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 Modina, 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.

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.



KEVIN MARCHAEL #37
Assistant Coach / Lead Chaplain

Kevin grew up in Long Beach, Ca. in a baseball family. His father Scott played for the Minnesota Twins organization, and his uncle Chuck (mom’s side) played for the Boston Red Sox organization. From the time he was young, Kevin was surrounded by, and embraced the sport of baseball. He played every spring from 1984 until 2002 playing at Los Altos Little League, Whaley Park, Wilson High School and finished his baseball career as a pitcher for Cal State Los Angeles.

Kevin became a Christian through a friend and fellow baseball player in 1994 first attending Grace Christian Church in Cypress, Ca. Once he graduated from high school he felt God tugging his heart toward attending Bridges Church (a planted church from Grace). He and his family are still attending Bridges Church. Kevin has been involved in several leadership functions for Bridges including worship leader, teacher (sermons), H.I.M. ministry (poor), and Eldership.

Kevin and Jessica had their first child, Micah, in October of 2009. They bought their home in 2011 in Long Beach, 5 minutes from Millikan. In 2012, they welcomed their second child, Jacob in September. Kevin and Jessica have been ministry leaders at their church for several years. They have been apart of leading a homeless ministry, coffee house ministry, worship ministry (Kevin), Eldership, teaching sermons on Sundays and in bible studies, leading marriage fellowship groups, and now leading the FCA huddle at Millikan. Ministry is a HUGE part of their lives as they now take on the Catch! Kevin is looking forward to the opportunity to minister and coach the Catch.



HUNTER BINGHAM #47

Assistant Coach / Assistant Chaplain

The So Cal Catch is also pleased to announce the hiring of Hunter Bingham for the 2017 season. Hunter will serve as assistant coach and assistant general manager. Hunter will be recruiting members of this year’s team as well as assist 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.



JOHNATHAN MUNOZ #15

Assistant Coach

The So Cal Catch is also excited to bring back Jonathan Munoz, but this time as an assistant coach. Jonathon is very familiar with the Catch organization, having played two summers with the team. 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.

Jonathon 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.



ANDY SMITH #23

Assistant Coach

Andy just completed his first season coaching at the collegiate level with Biola University as an assistant coach. He helped the Eagles to their first national ranking in several years and a 35-18 overall record. Andy was responsible for working with the outfielders, hitters, and base runners. The Biola outfielders accumulated 10 outfield assists on the year, and their stellar outfield play contributed to the Eagles' 54 double plays turned. Additionally, the Biola offense finished with a .292 batting average and 89 bases stolen.

Prior to coaching at Biola, Andy received his bachelor's degree in communication studies from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the spring of 2016, while also serving as an assistant coach at Palo Verde High School.

He has had various stops in his playing career, seeing time at the JC, Division 2, and NAIA levels. Andy was a two time all-conference selection as both an infielder and outfielder for the Santa Barbara City College Vaqueros. Following his sophomore season, Andy played summer ball in the Texas Collegiate League, where he played middle infield for the 2013 National Champion Brazos Valley Bombers.

He then transferred to division 2 Dixie State University in Utah for his junior season where he served in a utility role for the 2014 PacWest Champion Red Storm. For his senior season, Andy felt called to transfer to Biola University, where we began the year as the Eagles' starting shortstop. After an elbow injury ended his time at shortstop, he was able to finish out the season in the designated hitter role, where he hit .310 with 4 home runs, 12 doubles, and stole 15 bases.

"My journey has been unconventional to say the least, but it has taught me more than I could have imagined when I began as a senior in high school. My experiences have led me to a place that I feel called to serve the Lord and the lives' of young men through the game I love."

Favorite Bible Verse: "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me".

-Psalm 23:4