Alex Kocol completed his third year with the Vaqueros, his responsibilities include running the offense, working with hitters and coaching infielders. In 2013 Glendale won a third consecutive Western State Conference crown—a feat unprecedented in the history of the WSCS. The Vaqs hosted and won their third consecutive CCCAA Regional. SS Pepe Marquez earned 1st Team ALL-WSCS honors. Both Marquez and 2B Sergio Plasencia won the WSCS Gold Glove at their respective position. In the summer of 2013 Kocol will coach the Chatham Angler's of the Cape Cod League.
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- despite ranking 68th in the State in batting average. 2B Sergio Plasencia won the the National ABCA-Rawlings Gold Glove Award. SS Matt McCallister earned a scholarship to UNLV.
In his first year (2011), Kocol helped the VAQS go from a last place conference finish (2010) to a a State Final 4 berth—Glendale finished #3 in California. That season the Vaqueros led California in stolen bases , home runs and walks- the team's 85% stolen base pct was good for fifth in CA. Infielder Matt McCallister earned the Western State Conference Gold Glove award.
Kocol spent the 2011 summer as assistant head coach for the first-year Glendale Angelenos of the California Collegiate League. Working closely with the CCL and Fox Sports, Glendale successfully hosted a nationally televised All-Star game at Stengel Field. Angeleno Aaron Brown (OF/LHP, Pepperdine) was named the CCL's Top Prospect and eight other players signed professional contracts with MLB teams.
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 2013, Harvard-Westlake won the CIF-SS DI Ttile 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 50 players who have competed at the DI level, 8 players who have been drafted—two MLB 1st Rounders (Lucas Giolito, Phil Bickford) and one 2nd Rounder (Austin Wilson).
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 2002-2005 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. In 2005 he earned degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from UCLA and in 2013 earned his Master's Degree in History from CSUN.