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LM Coaches

 Rick Rider – Founder & President, Lamorinda Baseball Club, Manager (11u)

Rick Rider

In 2003, Rick founded Lamorinda Baseball Club with players from the towns of Moraga and Lafayette.  The flagship team, the Generals, quickly grew to include players from all around the Bay Area and by 2006, had become northern California’s top ranked Travelball team.

In 2008 Rick managed the Lamorinda Cougars to a USSSA Elite World Series Championship (the first ever by a northern California team), and a Travelball National Championship in the national rankings.   The Cougars were selected as the nation’s top ranked Travelball team again in 2010.   In 2013 and again in 2016, Coach Rider managed teams to 12U Travelball National Championships with the Lamorinda Spartans and Lamorinda Trojans (USSSA and NYBC).

Lamorinda Baseball Club has become a well-established early training ground for many of the region’s top Division 1 players.   In addition, scholar athlete alums have gone in recent years to play at some of the nation’s top academic institutions including Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Cal, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Pomona-Pitzer and Army.  The program, which now includes highly ranked teams in all age divisions, is widely considered to be one of the top Travelball programs in the nation.  

Coach Rider played middle infield at Whitman College in Washington, and prepped at Long Beach Poly in southern Cal.   He began coaching in 1982 with PONY/COLT leagues in San Francisco/Daly City.

Andy Tarpley – Manager of Lamorinda (14u, 16u, 18u)

Andy Tarpley

“Tarp” was honored by MaxPreps as the 2015 California State High School Coach of the Year. He played college baseball for the University of California Golden Bears where he started as a 3rd baseman and played in the College World Series. He went on to play professionally for the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds.

Tarp has been the head coach for College Park High School, one of the top-ranked teams in Northern California, since 2013.  In 2014, Tarp’s team won the DVAL championship and the North Coast Section D2 championship with a 27-3 record; Tarp was named Coach of the Year by the Contra Costa Times and the High School Daily News.   In 2015, Tarp’s squad was Baseball America’s pre-season #1 in the nation, going to the prestigious NHSI tournament in Cary, North Carolina where College Park advanced to the finals.  Then College Park repeated as the DVAL champions with an undefeated league record and won the NCS D1 championship.   His teams were the first in history to win a D2 championship and then a D1 championship in back-to-back seasons.

Previously, Tarp was the hitting and 3rd base coach for the Diablo Valley College Vikings. He also served as the Varsity Head Coach for Acalanes HS where he led the squad to two DFAL championships and the NCS Championship in 2007.

Tarp was selected as the California High School Coach of the Year for 2015. Click here for article.

Nick Sanzeri – Coach of Lamorinda (12U)


Born and raised in Hillsborough, Nick Sanzeri has been a part of Peninsula baseball for over a decade. In his early years, Nick played in Hillsborough little league and with the Starmaker Redlegs travel team. Nick capped off his little league career in 2004, becoming the MVP of both Hillsborough Little League and the first-ever District 52 championship All-Star team. After his Little League career was over, Nick and his tournament team the Redlegs won the 2004 12u National Title in Cooperstown. Nick chose Bellarmine College Preparatory for High School which participates in the powerful West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL).  During his junior year, Nick put his name in the WCAL record books by becoming only the second Bellarmine pitcher in history to achieve a 1.000 win percentage. He ranks in the top 10 in WCAL win percentage all-time.

 During the summer of 2009, Nick participated in the Bay Area World Series where he was given an invitation to join the prestigious SmokeTournament team, located out of San Jose. Nick was recruited from the Smoke to participate in the Team USA Baseball NTIS trials in Cary, North Carolina. During Nick’s senior season at Bellarmine, he led the team to the lowest ERA in Division 1 CCS. Nick signed his letter of intent and went on to pitch at the University of San Francisco and for the Nor-Cal Longhorns of the Far West Collegiate Baseball League until elbow problems de-railed his playing career. 

Nick has been a local coach in the Bay Area for over 5 years. He developed his coaching style through extensive one on one work with current and former professional players. Nick focuses on taking the lessons he learned from a number of tremendous coaches and implements them into his teaching. Nick has worked in local camps and clinics across the Peninsula, sharpening his technique. He has coached the Hillsborough Little League All-Stars and teaches for several other local baseball organizations (Lamorinda Baseball Club). Nick is the head coach of the 11u Peninsula Seals and is a consultant for over five other youth tournament teams. Nick has continued to master the mechanics of the game at the highest level. In June of 2013, Nick was hired at age 21 to take over the San Mateo high school baseball program. This made Nick the youngest head high school baseball coach in the nation. After two years as Head Varsity Coach at San Mateo high school, Nick moved up to the college level as the pitching Coach at College of San Mateo for the 2016 season. Currently, Nick is an assistant coach and pitching coach at San Francisco State University.

Ali Cepeda – Coach of Lamorinda (10u)

 Ali Cepeda was born in 1976 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Coming from a baseball family, Ali started playing baseball at the young age of 3. Having a Hall Of Fame father and 3 brothers that all played professionaly, the game was a religion in the Cepeda household. Ali moved to the bay area (Fairfield) in 1993 and attended St Pats HS in Vallejo excelling as a 2 sport athelete. Graduated in 1995 from Armijo HS in Fairfield. Went on to play in Redwood City at Canada College. Cepeda was drafted by the Texas Rangers and 95, but ended up signing with the SF Giants in 1996. After playing with the SF Giants in the minors for 4 years, he played internationally for 4 more years before starting Cepeda Baseball Academy.  After his playing days were over, Cepeda began pursuing a career giving back to the game he loves.  “Baseball is the reason why I was put on this earth. I love going to the field everyday and sharing my knowledge and passion for the game with our future”.

Jase Turner – Practice Coach & Trainer for Lamorinda 

FullSizeRenderJase Turner is an Oakland, CA native who attended Skyline HS (drafted 40th round, Pirates) before attending Pomona College.  While at Pomona College, Jase received several honors (All American, all Region and was a 2 time league champion).  Following graduation, Jase was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 27th round and played 3 seasons before making a switch to coaching and personal instruction.  Jase is currently the Academic Support Coordinator at Bishop O’Dowd HS (Oakland, CA) where he also assistant coaches the varsity baseball team, working primarily with the infielders and hitters.

Craig Chipman – Practice Coach & Trainer for Lamorinda

craigchipmanhigherresA former collegiate and professional (minor league) player with 20 years of coaching experience spanning the high school and college levels in 4 different states, Craig has been in the Bay Area for the past 10 years. During his time in the Bay Area, Craig spent 5 years as an  Assistant Varsity Coach at Deer Valley High School in Antioch while also acting as the Catcher Instructor at Diablo Valley College, eventually moving into a full time position at DVC as Assistant Coach. In addition, Chipman’s vast experience includes roles as an Assistant Coach at high schools and colleges in Southern California, Minnesota and Michigan as well as USA Baseball in Texas.
Passionate about helping today’s players be all they can be, Craig is currently focusing his time on providing private and group instruction in the Antioch / Brentwood area as well as at the Gregg Jefferies Sports Academy in Pleasanton.
Originally from Southern California, Chipman graduated from Corona High School with All-League and All Riverside County honors as a catcher. He attended Riverside City College where he earned first team All- Conference as well as a scholarship to play at California Baptist University.  While at Cal Baptist, Craig signed his first minor league contract in a pro career that spanned 6 seasons, ending with a final season in the independent Northwoods League. Craig has also performed as an Associate Scout for two MLB teams where his duties included representing those teams as an on field coach at elite showcase events such as the Area Code Games in addition to running scout teams.

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