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Shane Schumaker

Baseball & Softball Hitting 

Schumaker has been in charge of numerous camps and travel teams throughout his career. In the summers of 2002 and 2003, he took over head coaching duties for the West Torrance 19-under All-Star team. Both years he led his team to the Babe Ruth State Championships, where they placed second each year. Schumaker was an assistant coach of the Havasu Heat where he helped guide the Heat to a 37-8 record and a berth in the NBC World Series. Shane has help run camps at USC, UCLA, Cal State Fullerton, UCI, LMU, UNLV, UNCG, UNC, CSUDH, and many more. Schumaker has recruited and placed numerous players to major College programs. Thus far he has coached 46 professional players including 4 big leaguers Kris Medlen (Braves), Peter Parise (Cardinals), Ryan Wheeler (Rockies), and Bryan Peterson (Marlins).

Shane began his baseball career at West Torrance high school where he helped the program win three Bay League titles. Upon graduation Shane continued his career as a Warrior at El Camino College. During his time at El Camino Shane was named to the All Conference Team and also the prestigious All State team. Schumaker was a first team All-South Coast Conference selection and an All–Southern California infielder at El Camino. He was in the Top-10 in hitting in the state of California (.457) while at El Camino and currently holds numerous hitting records for the Warriors. Shane accepted an offer to play baseball at The University of North Carolina Greensboro where he was named a Pre-Season All American and an All Conference team member. As an infielder for the Spartans from 2000-01, Schumaker was a two-year letter winner under head coach Mike Gaski. Schumaker led UNCG in 2001 with a .342 batting average, while hitting 10 home runs and driving in 52 runs en route to being named All-Southern Conference as well as an All-Tournament selection. In 2000, Schumaker batted .378, which led UNCG and was sixth best among SoCon hitters. Over his two-year career at UNCG, Schumaker led the Spartans in runs, hits, triples, stolen bases, RBI, on-base percentage, batting average and walks. He still ranks among the top-10 in career RBI, triples, home runs, stolen bases and batting average in just two seasons as a Spartan. In 2001, Schumaker was invited to the San Diego Padres camp where he then signed with the Chico Heat of the Western League. Schumaker finished his professional career with the Johnstown Johnnies in the Frontier League in 2002.

Schumaker began his coaching career at El Camino College in 2001 and was responsible for hitting and infield instruction along with assisting with recruiting efforts. At El Camino, he coached for five seasons and in 2004 helped coach the Warriors to a 30-7 record, the best in school history. That same season, Schumaker helped guide the Warriors to within one game of the state championship. Schumaker continued his coaching career by taking a job at UNCG. At UNC Greensboro he was the head assistant coach in charge of recruiting, hitting, offense and defense. Shane also has coached at Loyola Marymount University where he was responsible for hitting and defense. In 2009 Shane was an assistant coach at Cal State Dominguez Hills where he helped with recruiting, infielders, outfielders, hitting, and base running. He helped guide Dominguez to the NCAA West Regional Tournament as well as the CCAA Championship Tournament. In 2010 Schumaker help lead El Camino College to the final four for only the second time in the school’s history. Schumaker was in charge of running the offense which ranked first in every offensive category en route to a conference championship.


Joel Weeks

 Baseball Catching & Hitting & Pitching & Infielding

joel_southbayrefinery@yahoo.com

He played three years on the varsity squad at West Torrance High School in Torrance, Calif from 2001-03. He earned two first-team All-Bay League selections under Head Coach Harry Jenkins where he hit .444 in 2001 and .410 in 2002. He was named as an All-CIF second-team member and the Daily Breeze’s Player of the Year in 2003 after hitting .390 at the plate and going 8-4 on the mound. He went to El Camino Junior College where he played under Greg Bergeron. He batted .330 for the warriors and was named 2nd team all conference. He transferred to Cypress College in 2005. He hit .330 in 51 games for the chargers under head coach Scott Pickler and earned 2006 first team All-Orange Empire recognition as an infielder. He transferred to California State University, Fullerton in 2007 and played second base for coach George Horton. He batted .346 over the first 15 games before being injured. He played in the College World Series against UC Irvine. in 2008, he played third base for coach Dave Serrano. He hit .320 in 52 games with 2 home runs and 15 doubles. In 2008, he signed a free agent contract with the San Francisco Giants. He played in the Arizona rookie league (second base, third base, short stop, catcher) where he was part of 33 games. He batted .240 with four doubles and 11 rbi’s. He was part of the 2008 AZL Championship team. In 2009, he was promoted to the Augusta Greenjacket Class A and later to Salem Kiezer Volcanos short season. He played in 31 games (shortstop, second base, third base, catcher) for the Volcanos batting .294 with four homeruns, 15 rbi’s, and 16 runs. He was part of the 2009 NWL championship team. In 2010, he played for the San Jose Giants Class High A. He played in 69 games for the Giants, batted .277 with 4 home runs, 12 doubles, and 24 rbi’s. Weeks played several positions for the Giants (third base, shortstop, second base, catcher, and left field) . He was also part of the California league 2010 championship.


Kaitlyn Hooper

Availability: Varies (please contact) 

Lesson Type: Softball Pitching & Hitting

kaitlyn_southbayrefinery@yahoo.com

Kaitlyn is currently an assistant softball coach at El Camino College. High School: Kaitlyn is a 2010 graduate from Patriot High School in Riverside CA earning 3 varsity softball letters with all-conference recognition and academic honors. College: Santa Ana College starting on the mound or in the outfield collecting 24 wins her sophomore year. While at Santa Ana Kaitlyn received scholar athlete honors and graduated with her AA in 2012. She also had the opportunity to play internationally with the California A’s summer of 2012 where they attended the Canada Cup. While there they played teams like Peru, Mexico, Great Britain, and many more before clenching the championship.

Moving on to the University of Redlands she continued her education and collegiate career. Kaitlyn ended conference her senior year with an ERA of 1.08 with 15 wins 1 loss and 2 saves. This helped Redlands get their 10th straight SCIAC championship. Kaitlyn received 1st team all SCIAC recognition and SCIAC Female Athlete of the week. While at Redlands she completed her degree receiving a BA in Psychology.


Joshua Mingura

Availability: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri

Lesson Type: Pitching & Hitting

mingurabaseball@yahoo.com

Joshua played with Torrance Little League, Torrance Babe Ruth and a 3-year Lettermen with Varsity Baseball at Torrance High School as a pitcher and outfielder. Joshua attended El Camino College where he continued his education completing his Associate of Arts degree while playing baseball and pitching for Nate Fernley. Joshua received a baseball scholarship to the University of Arkansas at Monticello, while studying with a History Major and a Coaching Minor with completion of a Bachelor Degree in the fall. Joshua is currently certified in CPR and First Aid.

Joshua has spent his summers pitching in the Connie Mack League, Beach Cities Prospects and also with the House of Hardball Collegiate Elite Hitmen Team.

Joshua is currently a pitching coach for the Torrance High School Freshman Baseball Team.


Mason Morioka

Availability: Currently Unavailable  

Lesson Type: Pitching, Catching, Hitting & Infield

Mason was a 4 year varsity letterman for West Torrance High School with 3 All League First Team and 2 All CIF First Team accolades that earned him a scholarship to the University of San Francisco. After 4 years at USF, Mason graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise & Sports Science. He was undrafted and is currently pursuing his 4th year of professional independent baseball. This is his 3rd year at the Refinery and working with the Surf baseball program. With his knowledge, he has been able to help multiple players achieve the varsity level as underclassmen and college scholarships.


Justin Hertzmann

Availability: Currently Unavailable

Lesson Type: Pitching & Hitting

In 2009 he was with the Torrance Babe Ruth Team that was runner up in the World Series held in Washington State. He was a 3-year Varsity player at Peninsula High School under head coach Dennis Gonsalves. He played first base, third base, pitcher and catcher. He was the starting catcher for part of his junior year and full time his senior year. He played 4 years at California State University San Marcos (San Diego) under head coach Dennis Pugh. (2012-2015) Recruited as a catcher. He was primarily used a backup, with 3 starts as a true freshman. During his sophomore year he transitioned to pitcher, and immediately became the teams closer. He was the San Marcos closer for 3 years, and set 7 pitching records along the way. He holds the school record for single season and career saves. He was named to all tournament teams and all conference teams along the way. For 3 summers he played collegiate summer ball out of state, most recently in Hannibal Missouri, For the Hannibal Cavemen of the Prospect League (2014). While there he was selected to the all-star team as well as named Pitcher of the Year. In 2015 he made the transition to Semi-Pro/Professional Baseball playing for the San Diego Force and the Vallejo Admirals. While in San Diego he pitched 24 scoreless innings, striking out 25 and earning a spot on the SCCBL all-star team. He then got a call from Gary Templeton Jr. He was offered his first professional contract playing for the Vallejo Admirals of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. For 2016 he will be playing professional ball for the Southern Illinois Minors of the Frontier League.


Bob Martin

Availability: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri

Lesson Type: Pitching, Hitting & Fielding

Former Varsity Hitting coach at Redondo Union High School under head coach Tim Ammentorp. Three sport varsity player at Redondo Union High School for; Football-Basketball-Baseball


Russ Kontos

Availability: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs

Lesson Type: Pitching, Hitting, Fielding, & Catching

Russ Kontos played at Mira Costa High School as a utility player. He went on to play for Shane Schumaker at El Camino Junior College as an outfielder and catcher. In 2007 he stepped away from the game to serve 4 years in the Marine Corps. At the end of his contract in 2011 he returned to Mira Costa as an assistant coach on Junior Varsity. In 2013 as the Varsity hitting coach he helped lead the team to the CIF finals at Dodger Stadium.


Dom Sutton

Availability: Mon/ Tues/ Wed/ Thurs/ Fri

Lesson Type: Pitching, Hitting, & Fielding

A Redondo Union grad, played all 4 years of baseball OF, 1st, 3rd, Pitcher. Former Harbor City College pitcher. Has coached travel ball for 3 years.