PBA Coaches


Thomas Cassidy
Thomas Cassidy played three years of Varsity baseball at Chatsworth High School and was a member of their 2003 and 2004 National Championship teams as well as being there for all of the California state record 54 game winning streak. Thomas played 2 years at Valley College where he was second team Western State Conference South in 2006. He spent 2009 at Calabasas High School as a varsity assistant and has spent the past three seasons coaching at Harvard Westlake where he is currently the head JV coach. He has coached various club teams for the past five years taking teams to Omaha, NE and Cooperstown, NY. Thomas resides in Encino, CA,

Nick Eustrom
Eustrom is a first year coach for Harvard Westlake's Freshmen team. Previously, Nick had coached the Viewpoint Middle School baseball teams during the 2009 season. Nick was a 3-year Varsity starting outfielder at El Camino Real High School from 2000-2002 for Matt LaCour. Nick was second-team All-West Valley Outfielder in 2002 as a senior. Nick played at Los Angeles Valley College during the fall/winter season of 2004 before retiring due to complications from tearing the labrum in his right throwing shoulder.

Paul Gallo
From Winsted, CT, played high school baseball at The Gilbert School for legendary Connecticut high school coach Moe Morhardt where he was All League senior year. Paul played college baseball at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT for Coach Pete Kosty.  Gallo was second team All New England pitcher senior year while setting the record for innings pitched senior year. Gallo was the pitching coach for two years at Eastern Connecticut State Univ. in Willimantic, CT, when they won NCAA Div. 3 National Championship in 1990 going 40-6. Gallo continued his career as the pitching coach at University of Hartford for three years. Gallo has also seen stints as head coach at Malibu High School from 2002-2009, where he left as winningest coach in school history and having won the school’s only two league championships in 2003 and 2005. This will be the 4th year at Harvard-Westlake for Gallo who is married to wife Katie, they have a daughter Madison

Harrison Scott
Harrison starting coaching club baseball in 2008. Harrison has coached at Harvard-Westlake since the fall of 2010.  Scott led the HW middle school teams to back to back appearances in the 8th grade championship in 2011 and 2012.  Scott has also help lead the 2011 and 2012 FR teams to above .500 records during his time at HW.  Harrison played high school baseball at El Camino Real high school until he had his senior year cut short due to Tommy John Surgery.  Scott played at LA Valley College from 2008-2010.  Harrison is currently on the dean’s list student at CSUN studying exercise science.

Richard Sugiyama
Rich “Sugi” began his coaching career as the head JV coach at Newbury Park HS in 2006.  Sugi continued at Newbury Park in 2007 as part of the varsity coaching staff.  In 2008 Sugi made the move to Chaminade College Prep where he served as the JV head coach and varsity assistant coach until his departure in 2011.  Sugi will spend the 2012 season as an assistant coach at Harvard-Westlake.

Shaun Kort
Shaun was a standout player at El Camino Real for Matt LaCour.  Shaun was the 2005 CA State Player of the Year and was part of the 2005 CA State Team of the Year that won the COF championship. 
Shaun continued his career at the University of Nevada Reno where he set records for games played and career doubles while being in the top 10 in hits, runs, RBI’s, OBP, SLG% and walks.  Kort was the WAC conference batting champion as a FR (.392) and was selected a FR All-American.  Kort was also selected an All-American his senior year.
Kort worked one year as a graduate assistant at UNR before coming back to CA. 
Shaun was inducted in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Raul Duran

Was an outfielder at UCLA 2006-08 for Head Coach John Savage. Played baseball for head coach Steve Sedele at Saddleback High School...posted a .544 batting average as a senior...also tallied three home runs, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases...drafted in the 45th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox...as a senior, earned first-team All-Golden West League first-team accolades and second-team All-County and All-CIF Division III honors...captured Orange County Register second-team accolades...participated in the 2006 Orange County All-Star Game...as a junior, compiled a .500 batting average, 43 hits and 23 runs scored.Coached at numerous UCLA Baseball camps and has coached club baseball teams the last three years Graduated from UCLA 2010 B.A. Sociology. Currently enrolled in Sport Management Program at Long Beach State.

Travis Cassidy

Was born April 15, 1992 in Woodland Hills, CA to Tom and Kathy Cassidy. Travis was a four year Varsity pitcher at Calabasas High School. Travis is currently in his sophomore year at Los Angeles Valley College were as a freshman he was Second Team All Western State Conference South. He was Southern California Pitcher of the Week in early April and led his team in innings pitched. He currently resides with his family in Calabasas.

Justin Uribe

Received a baseball scholarship to UCLA where he helped UCLA to three NCAA Regionals (2007, 2008, 2010) as a Four Year Starter, two NCAA Super Regionals (2007, 2010) and the Bruins' third-ever appearance at the College World Series in 2010. He compiled a .303 career batting average, hitting over .280 in each of his four seasons. In total, Uribe completed his career with eleven home runs, four triples, 31 doubles, 76 RBI and 80 runs in 163 games (139 starts). Also competed on the mound as a left-handed reliever tallying 7 appearances (2 starts) and limited opponents to a .217 average. In addition, Uribe was named captain his senior year helping lead UCLA’s 2010 team to Omaha.
Justin graduated with honors and a 3.4 GPA as an English major with a minor in Film and Television and Spanish. In addition, he was honored as a finalist for the prestigious UCLA Student Athlete of the Year award, while winning UCLA’s Rose Gilbert Award (given to the individual with the highest cumulative GPA for each sports team).
After graduation, Uribe signed a contract with the Roswell Invaders, a professional independent team in the Pecos League. During the 2011 season, Uribe hit .357 with 27 RBI and an On-Base Percentage of .459. A versatile defender, Uribe earned Pecos League player of the Week honors while seeing playing time at all three outfield spots, first base, and the mound. As a left-handed pitcher Uribe went 1-0 with a 5.42 ERA in 29 innings of work.
Justin has been instructing baseball on the Westside both privately and in the team format for the past two years. He is working towards going back to school to attain his MBA.

Mark Taricani

Coach Taricani has been involved in local youth baseball in the SanFernando Valley for the past 20 plus years, coaching locally  in the Chatsworth Junior Baseball League as well as Mason Park. He also has been  very active in Adult Baseball as a player and coach , winning Championships in Pacific Coast Baseball in 2001, MSBL World Championship In 2005, and California Adult Baseball Organizaton Championships in 2009 and 2010. He is an Owner and Chairman of California Adult Baseball Organization. Among his many volunteering efforts, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Chatsworth Hills Academy, Golf Committee member for Louisville High School, Tournament Director For Bishop Alemany Golf Tournament. Mark is beginning his 12th season at Harvard Westlake as Head Freshman Coach. his team captured the first Mission League Championship in 2009. He is the proud father of three children: Mark Jr,,Samantha and Jaime. he resides in Chatsworth with his daughter Jaime and Syberian Husky, Harlee.



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