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MEET THE COACHING STAFF

The high level of baseball performance at Crush would not be possible without experienced coaches who know the game backwards and forwards.

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Jared Benham

Jared played was a Crush player from 11u through 18u, starting in 2014. He graduated from Poway High in 2020, where he played catcher. He received an offer to play at Lyon College in 2021 and is currently playing for the University of Saint Katherines. 

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Chris Brigham

Chris played as a catcher at Rancho Bernardo High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed in Iraq where he served for 14 months. In 2004, Chris attended San Diego Mesa College and was a walk-on for the Olympian baseball team. In 2006 Chris received an athletic scholarship in baseball at Patten University where he was the starting catcher and team captain. While there, Chris led the team to their first-ever Regional Tournament. Before his senior year there, Chris was called back to continue serving his country. Brigham has spent a total of 3+ years in combat zones with the US Army units such as the 160th SOAR, 18th Military Police Brigade, 82nd Airborne Infantry BCT, and the 101st Infantry BCT. In doing so, SGT Brigham earned 3 Army Commendation Medals for his role as an Instructor at the Baghdad Police Academy and as a Team and Patrol Leader. Chris was also the key factor in the largest covert arms trafficking case in this War’s history. During his tenure with the US Army, SGT Brigham has also been awarded the Global War on Terrorism Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, National Defense Medal, and 2 NATO-ISAF Medals, and an Army Achievement Medal. Patten University has retired Chris's number. ​

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Nick Carmichael

Coach Nick Carmichael is a Rancho Bernardo Little Leage and High School alum. He lettered in baseball, track and field, and football while at RB High. Following graduation, Nick continued his education at the University of Redlands where he played football as a tight end. In 2011, he transferred to Palomar College and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round. Opting to return for another year at Palomar, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 24th round of the 2012 draft and signed. While at Palomar, Nick was on the 2011 and 2012 All-Pacific Coast Conference team with a combined ERA of 2.76. Nick was with the Detroit Tigers from 2012 to 2014 and posted a career ERA of 3.25. Nick graduated from CSU San Marcos with Dean’s List and Cum Laude honors and holds a degree in Business Finance. 

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CJ Cecil

Coach CJ played high school ball with Coach Pizzo at Horizon Christian Academy. While there, he had a 2.19 ERA pitching as a senior. Following high school, CJ played baseball at three schools: Oklahoma Baptist University, Ottawa University, and University of South Carolina Beaufort. CJ also played basketball in high school.

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Amalani "Fook" Fukofuka

Amalani "Fook" Fukofuka is from Hayward, CA. He was drafted in the 5th round (144th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2013 and played in the Royals system for 5 years with minor league all-star appearances in 2015 and 2017. Fook was a football and baseball standout at James Logan High School in Northern California. 

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Caleb Guy

Coach Caleb Guy graduated from Christian Life Academy in 2013, after playing 4 years of baseball and also lettering in basketball and volleyball. He began coaching with the Crush in 2014. He currently attends CSU San Marcos and is working towards a degree in business administration. Caleb also plays for the club team at CSU San Marcos. He is the team's Game 1 starter and also plays 1st base and outfield. In the 2018 season, he batted .317. You will see coach Caleb coaching any of our teams from 11u to 16u. Coach Caleb also currently coaches high school baseball. 

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Kennan Olsen

Coach Kennan grew up and played in Ramona. He was a catcher and worked closely with MLB pitchers Cole and Beau Sulser. Outside of baseball, Kennan works as an ABA therapist for children and young adults with developmental issues. He currently and lives with his wife in Valley Center.

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Anthony Pizzo

Coach Pizzo played four years in high school as a utility player at Horizon Christian Academy. He then played two years at San Diego City College as one of the team's starting pitchers, and then transferred to University of Saint Katherine where he was coached by Dominick Johnson. During his time at St Katherine, he became a key reliever in their bullpen racking up the most appearances each season. During his last season at St. Katherine, his team won the Conference Championship which was also the first season his team was in that conference. Coach Pizzo graduated with an undergraduate degree in business and is currently one semester away from receiving his masters degree in Organizational Leadership. 

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Nick Rodieck

Nick attended West Hills HS where the baseball team won the league title in 2003, the first in school history. As a senior, Nick went 7-4 as a pitcher and notched the highest batting average of .450 in the league in 2003. Nick attended San Diego Mesa College where he was Pitcher of the Year, an all-conference honorable mention, and Athlete of the Week in 2006. In his 2006 season, he recorded an 8-4 record while yielding 18 walks in 100 innings pitched, and an ERA of 2.90. He also recorded the most stolen bases in 2006 while at Mesa. Nick went on to play at the University of San Diego in 2007 and 2008. While there, he had a career pitching record of 7-2 in 105 innings with 62 strikeouts. Nick previously coached travel ball with the San Diego Deacons and currently is a varsity baseball coach at Mt. Carmel High School. 

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Rigo Rodriguez

Rigo attended high school in northern California at Chester F. Awalt high school. In 1978, he started playing San Diego State University under head coach Jim Dietz. He played with Buddy Black and Tony Gwynn while there. He was drafted by the Padres in 1982 and played minor league baseball until 1986. In his minor league time he played shortstop and also pitched. After playing, Rego worked for the San Diego School of Baseball with big league players and coaches Tony Gwynn, Allan Trammel, Tim Flannery, Bob Cluck, and Dave Smith. He has coached for Southwest High School, for the Syracuse Spartans - a colligiate summer ball team in New York - and also for a local San Diego travel team. Rego also worked for the federal government from 1988 - 2016. 

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Felix Rubi

Felix played baseball at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, Califonia, where he was an All-CIF pick in 2014 and 2015 and named all-League three times (2013-15). He played two seasons at Glendale Community College and was named All-Western State Conference in both of his seasons there. He ended his junior college career with a 17 2/3 scoreless innings streak. He attended UCLA in 2019 where he made 11 appearances and was 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA. His 2020 season was cut short, but he made five appearances with a 0.00 ERA. He was also named to the Director's Honor Roll for fall and spring at UCLA. 

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Brett Tomko

Coach Brett joined Crush in 2021 as a 12u coach. Before coaching, he played in the MLB from 1997 to 2011. In this span, he played for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals accumulating 100 Big League wins and over 100 strikeouts. 

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Josh Stevens

Josh grew up playing baseball and played 4 years varsity of baseball at Valley Christian High School in Dublin, CA. Josh went on to college baseball at Diablo Valley College. While there, he played infield in 70 games, batting .307 in his second year. After playing, he coached travel ball for a local San Ramon team. Josh moved to San Diego in 2022 and lives in Poway with his wife.

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Brady Ware

Brady played for three years at NAIA St. Katherine. In 2020, he hit .456 in 18 games and in 2021 he hit .406 with 12 home runs and 12 doubles, while also recording a 3-2 record pitching. As a senior, he transferred to the University of Indianapolis, where he started 42 games as a hitting and batted .286. He also made 17 pitching appearances that year with a 5-3 record. While at U-Indy, he made history and became the only player EVER to hit for the cycle and throw a no-hitter in the same game. Brady's jersey was retired in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 2023. 

Brady also played with Crush from 8th grade through high school.

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