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Coach’s Corner

Coach Bob Bafia

Coach Bob Bafia is the Coaching Director for our Longhorn teams, and will be working with all of our pitchers throughout the organization. Bob Bafia served as Head Baseball Coach at Cal State University Dominguez Hills for 13 years and had 45 student athletes sign professional baseball contracts during his tenure. In 2010, Coach Bafia was inducted into the Cal State University Dominguez Hills’ Athletic Hall of Fame and his number “99” jersey was retired. Coach Bafia was also involved with Connie Mack youth baseball in the LA County area and has participated in baseball camps and clinics for the past 20 plus years. He has served as Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds for 5 years.

Coach Bafia is the current Head Coach and Program Director of the San Diego Longhorns Baseball Club (our 8-14U programs) and current pitching coach for many of the Falcons and Longhorns top pitchers (ranging from ages 8-18). Bob will be available to all our pitchers from 8U to 18U.

 

Coach Joe Henderson

A native San Diegan, Joe graduated from Clairemont High School and attended Mesa Junior College, before embarking on a professional baseball career after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th Round of the 1980 January Draft. Joe was selected to the San Diego Section CIF team in 1978.

Joe went on to play six seasons in the Giants, Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs farm systems. Primarily a catcher, Joe also played both 3B & 1B during his minor league career. Joe was selected as a Catcher to the Texas League (AA) All-Star team in 1983.

Joe comes to the Longhorns as the youngest member of a San Diego Baseball Family. Joe’s father (Joe Sr.) was a professional baseball scout for a number of major league organizations for nearly 30 years. Joe’s oldest brother (Ken) played in the major leagues for 13 years with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. Joe’s middle brother Rob attended UCLA on a baseball scholarship, and was an All Pac-8 third basemen his Junior Year. Rob went on to pitch in the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants farm systems.

Joe has managed travel ball baseball teams for the last 8 years, the last 4 years with the San Diego Longhorns. Joe lives with his wife Lisa in Rancho Bernardo, and his son Casey is also a baseball player at Rancho Bernardo High School.

 

Coach Robert Bafia

Robert Bafia is an infield instructor for all of our teams (when not coaching the Orange County Flyers of the Independent Golden Baseball League, see below). Robert Bafia, together with his father, Bob Bafia, started our 16U Falcons team as 10 year olds nearly 6 years ago. Prior to rejoining the Flyers in May, Robert was also the Head Coach of both our nationally recognized 13U Longhorn team and one of our 18U Falcons team.

Robert was a two year all CIF Player at Cerritos High School, first as a shortstop as a junior and then as at 3B as a senior. Robert received a full scholarship to play college baseball at Fresno State where he earned First Team All PACC, Team MVP, and 1985 MVP Best in the West Classic.

Robert was drafted by the Cubs in the 8th round of the 1985 Pro Draft. For the next 9 years, Robert played professionally for the Cubs and Oakland A’s. During his playing tenure for these clubs he also attended the Arizona Instructional League for 6 years, where numerous Major league coaches, managers, scouts, and players tutored him. Robert also played in Mexico and Italy. During the off season, Robert volunteered his expertise as a baseball instructor at Wake Forest University and Mendocino Junior college. Over the past several years, Robert has given his time to private instruction and assisted in numerous clinics and baseball camps for youth baseball, high schools, and colleges.

Robert is also the Assistant Head Coach of the Orange County Flyers of the Golden State Independent League. Robert is the son of Longhorns Head Coach Bob Bafia.

 

Coach Mike Ramazzotti
“Coach Ram” moved to San Diego from Northern California in 2008 and has been coaching travel ball (ages 10u-18u), high school and collegiate baseball for the last 8 years. Prior to coaching in San Diego, Coach Ramazzotti played baseball at Santa Rosa Junior College and New Mexico Highlands University.
After college, Coach Ramazzotti signed to play independent professional baseball with the El Paso Diablos of the American Association. In 2007 he signed with the Italian Professional Baseball League for one season. Coach Ramazzotti is dedicated to helping players of all ages develop into the best players they can become. He prides himself in having attention to detail, great communication, and teaching players how to enjoy the game the right way.


 


Coach Greg McSparran

Coach Greg McSparran is a former professional pitcher and certified professional pitching instructor with more than 25 years of coaching experience. A Tom House disciple, Greg combines experience-driven knowledge with diligent instruction and innovative teaching methods to help young pitchers maximize their potential. He pitched for the San Francisco Giants and the University of San Diego, making the USD 1980’s All-Decade Team and top 10 all-time in single season wins and strikeouts at USD, and was a former pitching coach at Mission Bay and Scripps Ranch High Schools.

 

 

Coach Robbie Naegele

Coach Robbie Naegele played high school baseball at Rancho Bernardo before attending Point Loma Nazarene University. He pitched for 4 years at PLNU and became the career saves record holder. After college, he coached at Rancho Bernardo with the varsity and JV teams, and played two seasons of independent professional baseball with the St. George Roadrunners and the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League.

Coach Alex Homick

Coach Alex Homick grew up in San Diego playing against the Longhorns with other local travel baseball teams. He would later play a number of tournaments in high school with the Longhorns coached by Joe Henderson. Alex attended Rancho Bernardo High School where he played Varsity Baseball his junior and senior year. There Alex experienced great success both in the classroom and on the field. In his senior season Alex was Palomar League Pitcher of the year along with 1st team all-CIF and 2nd team all-state honors. After high school, he attended Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona.

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