Lamorinda Baseball Club

LM Coaches

Rick Rider – Founder & President, Lamorinda Baseball Club, Manager of 9u Titans

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).  In 2017, he managed the 10U Raiders through their inaugural season where they won the 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 California.   He began coaching in 1982 with PONY/COLT leagues in San Francisco/Daly City.


Andy Tarpley – Manager of Lamorinda (15u, 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.


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

A 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.


Noah Perio – Manager of 13U Warriors

A De La Salle grad, Noah was drafted out of high school in the 39th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. He has since been playing at various levels for the Marlins, Padres, Dodgers, Rockies, and various independent teams – – most recently, the Kansas City T-Bones, who won the 2018 American Association of Independent Baseball Championship in which Noah was named the finals MVP.  In his off seasons for several years, he has earned a great reputation working with kids, providing training lessons, running camps, etc., while working closely with Craig Chipman.

 


Mike Soper – Manager of 12U Raiders

Mike is a former collegiate and professional player with numerous years of coaching and camp experience. Originally from the east coast, Soper graduated from Saugus Massachusetts High School with All Conference and All State honors. He attended Miami Dade Junior College in Miami, Florida and received a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Alabama. Following graduation, Mike was drafted in the 37th round by the Cleveland Indians and played five seasons in the minor leagues working his way up to the AAA level. In addition, Mike spent two years playing professionally in the Venezuelan Winter League for the Cardenales out of Barquisimeto. Mike currently resides in Marin County.

 


Mike Leal – Manager of 10U Kings

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