Meet the Coaching Staff

Jason Brunansky


Coach Jason “Bruno” Brunansky is a 2008 Poway High alum. He lettered three years in baseball for head coach Bob Parry, hitting .371 and .331 his junior and senior seasons as the team’s lead-off hitter. He was named All-Palomar League in 2007 and was a Tampa Bay Rays Scout Team member. He was also a member of the all-academic team, graduating with a 4.0 GPA and was in the top five percent of his class. Jason played at The University of Kansas for four years after high school. He played 137 games there, with a .968 fielding percentage and a batting average of .310 in 2010. Outside of Crush, Coach Bruno coaches at Poway High School and attends CSU San Marcos in pursuit of an economics degree. His father, Tom, played 14 seasons in the majors with the California Angels, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers, and has also served as the Minnesota Twins hitting coach. Coach Bruno helps with the High School Crush teams and is also the varsity outfield coach at Poway High school.

Coach Nick Carmichael is a Rancho Bernardo High School alum. He lettered in baseball, track and field, and football while attending. 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.  Along with coaching Crush, Nick has coached baseball at Poway High School since 2015. 

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.

Eric Eckley


Coach Eric Eckley played two years of baseball at South Mountain Community College, where his team was the NJCAA regional champion in 2014. Eric went on to play at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Eric also played at Grossmont High School and was an assistant coach at St. Katherines College in San Marcos last season. Eric currently works with the Crush 16u, 17u, 18u, and College teams, and occasionally helps our younger Crush teams. 

Geoff Geary


Coach Geary is a Grossmont High School alum. He also attended San Diego Mesa College and the University of Oklahoma. He pitched in the Big Leagues for the Philiies and Astros for 7 years, from 2003 through 2009. In 2006, he had the lowest ERA in the National League for relievers with over 80 innings pitched. Geary currently coaches the Crush 12u team with coach Brett Tomko. 

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 the Poway High School Freshman baseball team. 

Mike Harwell


Mike has over 15 years of coaching experience. He has had assistant and head coach roles at Serra HS, West Hills HS, Madison HS, Torrey Pines HS and RB HS. Before joining Crush, he coached travel ball for Frozen Ropes and Bones Nation Baseball Club as well as summer collegiate ball for the San Diego Force Baseball Club for 8 years. Mike played high school ball at Morse High School and also played and managed in the SDABL for over 25 years. He currently teaches at Mt. Carmel High School. 

Deron Johnson


Deron currently is the Poway High School hitting coach. While there, he has coached over 80 All-League performers and 6 Team USA players. He also has over 100 past and current college players, three of which have been All-Conference Players of the Year in the Mountain West Conference, Big West Conference, and Big 10 Conference. Coach Deron also has coached 10 Big League Players, including 3 current players: Austin Wynns, Kevin Newman, and Alex Dickerson. He works with numerous Minor League players in the offseason as well. Prior to coaching, Coach Deron also played 3 years of professional baseball and 4 years at SDSU.

Deron Johnson III


Deron Johnson the Third is the son of Deron Johnson. Deron was Poway's starting varsity catcher his sophmore, junior, and senior seasons and is committed to play at San Diego State University this year. As a senior at Poway, Deron hit .336 with a .408 on base percentage. Deron is a Crush alum.  

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. 

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. 

Nick Sica


Coach "Nico" played high school ball at Santana High School where he was awarded 1st team All-Grossmont League and 2nd team CIF. He also received the Sultan's Big Stick Award after recording a .413 average with 23 RBI's and 2 homeruns in 2007. That year he was ranked as the 13th catcher in the state and the 60th catcher in the nation by Perfect Game. He chose to play at Grossmont College before transferring to Kansa Wesleyan University to play NAIA for the Coyotes. Nick finished his playing career with the semi-pro Barona Stars, who were coached by Mickey Deutschman at the time. Before coaching with the Crush, Nick coached the SD Diamonds who were ranked #5 nationally and won a 14u Pony World Championship. He currently coaches several of the Crush age groups, as well as the Poway American Legion team and the Poway High JV team. 

Chad Sixt


Coach Chad is a Rancho Bernardo High School baseball alum. He played second base and shortstop on the varsity baseball team and was awarded the Bronco award his senior year (.986 fielding and .354 batting.) Chad then attended California Lutheran University, where he played baseball and recorded starts at second base, shortstop, third base, and outfield. He also recorded some innings catching for CLU before graduating with a BS in 1996.  Chad started developing his love for coaching in 2005 as a volunteer with the 4S Ranch Little League Juniors Team.  Chad was asked to coach and instruct local baseball talent with the San Diego Eagles, a non-profit baseball club. Chad was a head and assistant coach for various Eagles teams (10U – 18U) from 2008 to 2014. Eagles players from these teams have gone on to play at the high school, college, and professional levels. Chad has been coaching with the San Diego Crush since 2017 and coaches the 15u - 18u teams. He is also an assistant coach for the Poway High School Varsity Baseball Team. 

Brett Tomko


Coach Brett joined Crush in 2021 as a 12u coach. Before coaching, he played in the MLB from 1997 through 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. In his time, he accumulated 100 Big League wins and over 100 strikeouts. 

Brady Ware


Brady is a current sophomore pitcher and utility player at the University of St. Katherine. Brady played with Crush from 8th grade through high school and played with the college Crush team this summer. He played under coach Deron Johnson at Poway High School for 4 years. Brady is majoring in Business Management at St. Katherine.