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Santa Barbara Grizzlies Coaching Staff


Jeff Salazar-Director of Player Development Consultant/Co-Founder

Current Hitting Coach New Britain Rocks/Colorado Rockies Player Development
Former MLB outfielder for the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburg Pirates.
11 years of professional playing experience.
2 years selected to MILB All-star teams.
Former collegiate player at Oklahoma State of the Big 12 Conference.
McDonalds All-State High School Player of the Year for the state of Oklahoma.

Roderick Hutchinson-Co-Director of Player Development/Head Coach Coastal Cubs Collegiate Team

Current Head Coach Santa Clara High School Oxnard, CA
3 years as Head Coach for the Santa Barbara Grizzlies Collegiate Team

2016 Head Baseball Coach Santa Clara High School, Oxnard California.

12 years Head Coach at the high school level for St. Bonaventure, Santa Clara, and Carpenteria High School. 

4 years assistant coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters.

Played collegiate baseball for Southern University 1982-985.

Current Central Coast Associate Scout for the Chicago Cubs.


Lou Lucca-Assistant Director of Player Development/Collegiate Team Assistant Coach

Returning for his second year as hitting/infield coach for the Grizzlies Collegiate Team.

Played collegiate baseball for San Jose City College and Oklahoma State University.

Drafted by the Florida Marlins in 1992 MLB Amateur First Year Draft.

Played 16 seasons of Minor League Baseball with 11 years spent at the AAA Level.



Steven Hardesty-Roving Instructor/Head Coach Coastal Cubs 18U/Head Coach Coastal Cubs 14U

Currently Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Coach at Santa Barbara City College.

Played college baseball at Westmont College.

Graduated from Westmont College.

Currently holds an M.S. and M.S.S.

Former Assistant Coach for the Santa Paula Halos Collegiate Team.


Chris Joyce-Assistant Head Coach/Pitching Coach Coastal Cubs 14U

Current Pitching Coach Santa Barbara City College.

Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Bethesda College 2017.

Played college baseball at Santa Barbara City College.

Drafted and played for the Cincinnati Reds organization.



Kevin Gowdy-Pitching Development Consultant

Current member of the Philadelphia Phillies Farm System.

2016 2nd Round Draft Pick MLB Amateur First Year Draft Philadelphia Phillies.

Original member of the Santa Barbara Grizzlies Baseball Group HS Team.

Pitched for Team USA 2015 and won a Gold Medal.

Played high school baseball for the Santa Barbara Dons in Santa Barbara, CA.


Ryan Spilborghs-Player Development Consultant

Color commentator for the Colorado Rockies.
2013 played for the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League.
Former MLB player 2005-2011 that played the outfield for the Colorado Rockies.
Also was a member of the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers organization during 2012 baseball campaign.
Attended University of California at Santa Barbara and was All-Big West Conference 2001. Drafted June 2002 in the 7th round by the Colorado Rockies. 
Played High School baseball for the Santa Barbara Dons in Santa Barbara, CA.

Mario Hollands-Pitching Development Consultant

Current MLB pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Attended University of California at Santa Barbara and was a Freshman All-American and selected Big West Freshman of the Year.

Was drafted in the 10th round in 2010 by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2009 but elected to return to school and finish his degree.

Pitched on the Cape Cod for Yarmouth Dennis.
Played High School baseball for El Cerrito HS in Northern California.




Gabe Speier-Player Development Consultant/ Grizzlies High School Team Assistant Coach

Played High School baseball at Dos Pueblos High School.

Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 MLB First Year Amateur Draft.

Has been an important prospect in 3 MLB trades.

Currently a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

Currently pitching in the prestigious Arizona Fall League for the Salt River Rafters.