About The Club
Established in 2016, Diablo Valley Baseball Club is dedicated to building championship caliber players. We focus on both the physical and mental tools needed to excel on and off the playing field. We emphasize player skill development and building strong bonds among teammates. We offer youth players (9u - 14u) high level competition, professional coaching and a chance to play at the premier travel ball events in Northern California.
Mike has been working in the competitive baseball scene since 2011. He started with the Pleasant Hill Hawks organization as a coach and was quickly moved in to the Director of Baseball Operations role because of his hard work and passion for the game of baseball. After a few years in that role he decided it was time to move on and try and reach a more competitive side of the game. This is when he and his counter part, Brian Hufford, co-founded the Diablo Valley Baseball Club.
"We want to serve this community and give local kids an opportunity to play a high level of baseball. We want to teach them not only baseball but valuable life skills through our process."
Assistant Coach / Co-Founder
Over 10 years experience coaching youth baseball including the past 6 as a Head Coach within the Pleasant Hill Hawks and Diablo Valley Baseball Club organizations. During his time as a Head Coach, Brian has racked up well over 200 wins and numerous tournament championships including back -to- back USSSA International World Series titles in 2018 and 2019.
Brian grew up on the Monterey Peninsula where he was a 4 year player at Pacific Grove HS. After graduation he played two seasons for Monterey Peninsula College JC before moving on to Chico State University where he graduated with a BA Degree in '94.
14u Coach / Director Player Development
"Tarp" College Park Head Coach. Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays and played in the Red Sox/Cincinnati organizations. 3 year stand out at Cal and starter in the College World Series in 1994.
Tarp began coaching at the Varsity level at Acalanes High School, bringing two NCS titles. Moving on to the Collegiate ranks at DVC, Tarp's offense lead the Vikings to a Final Four State Championship appearance. After 5 years at DVC, he accepted the Head Coach position at College Park High School.
Entering the 6th season, they've collected two NCS titles and Tarp was awarded with the California State Coach of the Year Award.
Coach / Pitching Instructor
Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 5th round of the 2000 MLB draft. The son of former 12 year major league Oakland A's 3rd baseman Wayne Gross, Kyle played at Cuesta Junior College in San Luis Obispo under Larry Lee (current head coach at Cal Ploy, SLO). He played 5 seasons for the Giants and was Organizational Pitcher of the Month for May of 2002. Coached by Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou, Dick Tidrow, Lee Smith and others.
Born and raised in Danville, he starred on the San Ramon Valley Little League World Series team that won the National Championship in Williamsport, PA in 1991. He attended Monte Vista High School and after moving on from professional baseball in 2006 began working with players of all ages in the Bay Area.
In 2008, he accepted the Pitching Coach job at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill. DVC went to the State Championship in Kyle's first year of work, while having 5 pitcher's drafted in the top 15 rounds. DVC won two Big 8 Conference Titles and in 2011 ranked No.1 in NorCal, leading all California Community Colleges with a 2.13 ERA
After 4 years at DVC, Kyle moved onto local College Park. Entering the 6th season at College Park, they have collected 2 NCS Championships and 3 semi finals appearances. In 2015, they earned the #1 ranking by Baseball America and USA Today for the Top High School Program in the Nation, having 7 players receive D1 scholarships.
Kyle brings years of experience, Collegiate and Professional connections and leadership to the program.
Kyle resides in Concord Ca, with his wife, Holly and two girls, McKenna and Peyton
13-14u Coach / Catching Instructor
Justin Santich-Hughes, the native of Castro Valley, Calif., is a 2003 graduate of Castro Valley High School, where he lettered three years in baseball. An all-league selection, Santich-Hughes batted .361 as a senior, with three home runs and 30 RBI, helping his team to the North Coast Section semifinals with a school-record 26 wins. After graduating Castro Valley High School, Santich-Hughes was recruited to play baseball at then a top 10 baseball program in the country and recent College World Series participant San Jose State University.
Justin concluded his collegiate eligibility in 2007 following an exemplary four-year career for the Spartans behind the plate. The defensive stalwart posted a fielding percentage of .988 over four years, with nine errors in 732 chances, and finished with career-best totals offensively as a senior in batting average (.280), at-bats (125), runs (19), hits (35), doubles (5), runs batted in (21), walks (10) and hit-by-pitches (11), starting 45 of 51 games. His team-best 11 sacrifices moved him up to third on the all-time Spartan list with 35. Santich-Hughes, a two-time Academic All-WAC honoree and three-time San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history in May of 2008. Santich-Hughes was promoted to interim pitching coach at San Jose State University to begin the 2008 season. That year the Spartan pitching staff was second in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) in Earned Run Average behind the College World Series Champion Fresno State Bulldogs. They were also ranked first in the least amount of runs given up, earned runs given up, walks allowed, extra base hits given up, and second in batters struck out looking. After one season as pitching coach at Cal State Monterey Bay in 2009, Santich-Hughes decided to go to graduate school and at the same was named Head Varsity Coach at Acalanes High School (Lafayette CA) for the 2010 season. In his first year at Acalanes, the Dons returned to the NCS playoffs for the first time since 2007. Since 2010 Acalanes High School has gone on to win four North Coast Section Championships in 9 seasons while posting a record of 160-78-1 (.672 winning percentage). Over that span Acalanes baseball had become recognized as one of the top programs in Northern California, twice being ranked in the top 15 of the entire state of California. Under Santich-Hughes' guidance over 30 Acalanes players went on to and play collegiately, 18 of those being at the Division 1 level.
13-14u Coach / Catching Instructor
Kevin was a four-year varsity starting catcher at Las Lomas High School (2004-07), and his success there led to his 45th round draft selection by the Florida Marlins in the 2007 MLB Draft. Kevin then elected to play collegiately at Diablo Valley College for Head Coach Mike Neu, and Assistant Coaches Andy Tarpley and Kyle Gross. He was a member of the 2009 DVC team that reached the Final Four of the California State Championship, but sat out most of that season after having the first of two surgeries on his throwing shoulder. After that, he transferred to UC Santa Barbara (NCAA Div. 1; Big West) where he practiced and travelled with the team as their bullpen catcher in 2011, while rehabbing from his second shoulder surgery.
Injuries put an end to Kevin's playing career, but also enabled him to begin his coaching career at a young age. He joined the College Park High School coaching staff (2013-15), where they won the NCS Division 2 Championship in 2014, and the NCS Division 1 Championship in 2015. In 2016, he joined the Northgate High School coaching staff as an assistant coach, under Head Coach Tim Jochner. In Kevin's first three seasons at Northgate, they won two league titles (co-champs with CP in 2018), and were the NCS Division 2 runner ups in 2016. Kevin took over as Head Coach at Northgate High School after Coach Jochner retired following the 2018 season.
Assistant Coach / OF and Hitting Instructor
Coach Aivazian is an East Bay native growing up playing in local organizations all through Men's senior league with the Concord Rockies in the mid 90's. He has spent the past decade coaching youth and High School baseball. In 2015 Joe spent a season as the Hitting coach for Las Lomas HS. He followed that up with a two year stint as a Varsity assistant working with outfielders and hitters at Berean Christian HS. Since 2017 he has held that same position with the College Park HS Varsity team. Joe is a fantastic motivator of players and has a knack for getting the very best out of the athletes he trains. We are extremely lucky to have him working with our 13u and 14u teams as an assistant coach/hitting instructor.