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|HEAD BASEBALL COACH
|School: UC Riverside- B.A., Azusa Pacific- M.A.
|Hired: 2000-2003 Assistant Coach. 2004-present Head Coach
3-time Western State Conference Coach of the Year
2011 Southern California Coach of the Year
2011 American Baseball Coaches Association Pacific Region Coach of the Year
Chris Cicuto began coaching at Glendale College in the fall of 2000 and has been the Head Coach since 2004. Coach Cicuto has coached four Western State Conference Championships since entering the program and dozens of All-Western State Conference, NCAA Division 1 and Professional players.
Coach Cicuto was named Western State Conference Coach of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2011 the Vaqueros finished 3rd in the State Finals.
The trip to the State Finals in 2011 allowed Chris to be voted by his peers as the Southern California Coach of the Year. He was also recognized nationally as the 2011 Pacific Region Coach of the Year at the ABCA Convention in Anaheim, CA.
Chris has always believed in the mantra that has been passed down to him by his father John Cicuto (Men’s A.D. & Head Football Coach 1989-2006) and Jim Sartoris; Being part of the Vaquero Athletic Program is like being part of a new family, a family that is dedicated to helping young men and women mature Socially, Academically and Athletically.
Since 2000, the Baseball student-athlete transfer rate to four-year schools or professional baseball is over 75%; A statistic that Chris is very proud of.
Chris graduated from Agoura High School in 1996 where he was an All-Marmonte League and All-Ventura County Team Selection as a catcher.
He competed for two years at Ventura College, under Head Coach Don Adams. Chris earned an AA degree and All-WSC conference selection and was voted Mr. Pirate in 1998. Chris transferred and played at UC Riverside under Head Coach Jack Smitheran and then Asst. Coach Doug Smith.
Chris graduated with a B.A. from UC Riverside in 2000.
After earning his Masters degree in 2003 from Azusa Pacific University he spent the summer coaching the hitters for the Chatham A's in the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League. His experience coaching for John Schiffner and working with the top Division 1 players in the nation was “an amazing experience!”
In 2008, he assisted Bryan Maloney with the Atlanta Braves Area Scout Team.
Chris and his wife Kelly are proud parents of their two children; Samantha (’09) and Jackson (’11).
More About Coach Cicuto in the El Vaq Here.
|INFIELDERS & OFFENSE
|School: UCLA, B.A.
Alex Kocol enters his fifth season with the Vaqueros, his on-field responsibilities include running the offense, working with hitters and coaching infielders. Off the field, Kocol’s work includes recruiting and player placement. Over the past four seasons he has helped build Glendale into one of the top programs in California. Between 2011 and 2013 Glendale won three consecutive Western State Conference titles—a feat unprecedented in the 50 year history of the WSCS. During that time the Vaqs also hosted and won three consecutive CCCAA Regionals. Glendale has produced fifteen Division I players and four players who have been selected in the MLB Draft. Over 85% of Glendale’s sophomores have gone on to compete at the 4-year level.
During the summer, Kocol serves as the hitting/3rd base coach for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League. In his first year on the Cape, Kocol helped lead the Anglers to the President’s Cup Trophy (most wins) and Eastern Division Title. The Angler’s won their first playoff series in eleven years and set franchise highs in runs scored, stolen bases and walks. Manager John Schiffner was named CCL Manager of the Year. In 2014, the A’s improved in both runs scored and batting average.
In his first season at Glendale (2011), Kocol helped the Vaqs engineer a historic turnaround going from a last place conference finish in 2010 to a WSCS title and a State Final 4 berth in 2011. The Vaquero offense led the state in stolen bases, home runs and walks—the team’s 85% stolen base percentage was 5th in the state. Chris Cicuto was named ABCA/Rawlings Coach of the Year. In 2012, the Vaqueros won a consecutive WSC-South title going wire to wire. Glendale hosted and won their second consecutive Regional and came within a game of their second straight State Final 4. The Vaquero offense was first in California in walks while placing second in stolen bases. The 2012 group also finished in the top ten in runs scored, RBIs, and home runs. INF Sergio Plasencia won the national Rawlings Gold Glove Award. 2013 saw Glendale capture a third straight Western State Conference South title. The Vaqs again hosted and won a CCCAA Regional at Stengel Field. The Vaq offense finished third in CA in stolen bases.
Prior to coming to Glendale, Kocol spent four seasons (2007-2010) at Harvard-Westlake School, the final three in the capacity of Associate Head Baseball Coach. Kocol was responsible for working with hitters while running the offense and coaching the infielders. The HW baseball program had been a combined 1-23 in Mission League play in the two years preceding the arrival of a new staff. 2010 proved to be a watershed for the Harvard-Westlake baseball program as the Wolverines led the Mission League in runs scored on their way to winning two playoff games- falling to eventual CIF Champion Glendora (5-3). The 2010 squad nearly doubled their stolen base output from the prior season, swiping a school record 116 bases at an 80% clip. In addition to his work with the varsity group, Kocol helped guide the development of HW’s middle school component. Kocol was instrumental in the development of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 graduating classes. In 2013, Harvard-Westlake won the CIF-SS DI Title and was named national champions by Baseball America.
During his four year stint at Harvard-Westlake, Kocol was able to work closely with Austin Wilson (OF, Stanford), helping the relatively unknown freshman develop into arguably the top offensive high school player in the nation. In 2010, Wilson capped his high school career garnering Baseball America 1st Team, ABCA-Rawlings, AFLAC and Under Armour All-American honors.
In 2007, Kocol founded the SoCal Rats, a developmental youth club program for 7th and 8th graders which fielded some of the top travel teams in the nation. In 2010, the Rats captured the Triple Crown Omaha Slumpbuster- billed as the largest youth baseball tournament in the world. The Rats 2012 Class included 1st Round MLB pick Lucas Giolito. The 2013 Class featured 9 players who would earn DI commitments: Arden Pabst (Georgia Tech), Conor Cuse (Stanford), Cole Taylor (Utah), Sam Ross (Arizona), Tyler Cohen (LMU), Joe Corrigan (USC), Jack Morello (Gonzaga), Andy Frakes (USF), and Harley Faye (USF). Over his career Kocol has coached over 150 players who have competed at the DI level and 25 players who have been drafted, including 3 first-round draft picks (Lucas Giolito, Phil Bickford and Conor Joe).
Prior to coming to HW, Kocol was the head coach at University High School in 2006, guiding the Wildcats to a 16-12-1 record and an appearance in the L.A. City Section Championship playoffs- the school’s lone playoff appearance of the last 10 years.
Between 2002 and 2005 Kocol served as an undergrad assistant at UCLA, working closely in day-to-day operations of the baseball program under coaches Gary Adams and John Savage. During that time the Bruins made an NCAA regional appearance (2004) and had over 20 players drafted and/or sign professional contracts. Kocol played at Glendale College under coach Jon Strauss in 2002 and prepped at University High School in West L.A. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), is certified by the California Interscholastic Federation, and holds a certificate in Coaching Ethics from the Josephson Institute. Kocol became a member of the Glendale College Hall of Fame in 2012.
Kocol earned degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from UCLA and his Master's Degree in History from CSUN. He holds a dual appointment at Glendale College in the P.E. and Social Sciences divisions.
|Ivan "Woody" Lopez
|School: CSUN, B.A.
A former GCC All-American pitcher, Ivan Lopez returns to the Glendale Family while he finishes his degree from CSUN. An All-League player and graduate from Sylmar HS in 2000, "Woody" was recruited by Jon Strauss to be an immediate contributor in the fall of 2000. Ivan competed on the 2001-02 Back To Back WSC Champion Teams, that were also ranked #4 and #7 in Southern California. After earning All-Conference and All-American Selections in '02, "Woody" earned a scholarship to CSUN where he pitched for Head Coach Steve Rousey. At CSUN, “Woody” competed in the nationally ranked Big West Conference against teams that ultimately won the Division 1 College World Series.
Coach "Woody" has returned to GCC to instill the values of a winning tradition and develop the pitchers to become thinkers, and competitors.
In 2011, the pitching staff was ranked in the top 20 in the state in many categories such as; #2 Strikeouts (297), #5 in shutouts, #7 saves, #15 least amount of hits allowed.
His experience will be a valuable asset to the team and the development of his players to continue on to the next level. Ivan, 27, is single and resides in the San Fernando Valley.
Coach Stone works diligently as a coach at his former position. Stone's "behind the scenes" work was crucial to the success of the 2011 Pitching Staff. His invaluable input during practices and games has allowed for the reemergence of pitching and overall success at GCC.
|School: Azusa Pacific
In 2006 Coach Stone pitched at GCC and earned all conference honors in 07. Coach Stone finished his career at GCC as a top pitcher in the Western State Conference. He transferred to Azusa Pacific University and lettered with the Cougars for two years. Stone continued to be a starter at APU while getting appearances out of the bullpen his Junior and Senior years. Coach Stone currently plays professional baseball in the summers in Arizona and Canada, while getting his degrees from GCC and APU. Matt is single and resides in Burbank, CA