Joe Caira is the owner of Caira’s Baseball Academy. He founded Caira's Cages in 2000 where he started with a handful of clients working out of a backyard cage in Chino Hills. Joe has since developed his skills into a thriving baseball academy teaching hundreds of young athletes from across So Cal all aspects of the game of baseball out of a 7000 sq ft indoor training facility in Chino. Since its inception, over 500 players have gone on to play high school baseball, over 210 have gone on to play college ball and several have reach the MLB.
As a player, Joe was a high school stand out and went on to play for Mount San Antonio College where he made the Junior College All Star Team. From there, Joe earned an athletic scholarship at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Joe graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills where he played outfield for the Toros and earned several athletic accolades. Joe continued his Pro career in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Canada for a few more years before finally hanging up his cleats.
Being a SoCal kid, Joe set his roots in Corona, Ca where he currently lives with his wife Ashly and daughter Ella.
Mike Rouse is a former major leaguer who also starred at Cal State Fullerton. Rouse was called up to the Major Leagues with the Oakland A’s making his debut in legendary Yankee stadium. Rouse went 3 for 3 facing Randy Johnson in his debut. Over his major league career, Rouse played for three organizations (A’s, Indians and White Sox).
A CSUF grad, Rouse entered his last season at CSUF and batted .377 with 12 home runs before being awarded the team MVP and The Tim Wallach award. He also earned Big West Conference honors. During his time at Fullerton Rouse was awarded an invite to the USA national team trials. Rouse went on to be drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round. After playing his first season in Class A advanced in the Florida State league he was sent to AA Knoxville to fill the shortstop role. At the end of the fall he was traded for major league pitcher Corey Lidle to the Oakland A’s. After batting .302 Rouse was promoted to AAA where he had a successful season winning the Pacific a Coast League championship. That fall Rouse was named to the USA Olympic qualifier team as the shortstop. He led off and batted .414. The following season Rouse was name the No. 8 top prospect in the Oakland A’s organization and was named to the major league roster. Mike went on to coach and form Baseball West Coast, a very successful travel baseball program. Rouse is also a current Scout for the Area Code Games established as one of the top recruiting events for the elite high school player.
Mike Burns graduated from Diamond Bar high school and went on to play college baseball at Cal State Los Angeles. Mike was a 2000 draft pick by the Houston Astros and made his major league debut in 2005 and spent several years at the Pro level. He pitched for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers. His fastball peaked in the mid 90’s and he was known for his exceptional pitch location. Mike is currently the pitching coach for the Orem Owls, a Los Angels Angels Rookie League affiliate. Mike is also one of our head instructors and coaches our West Coast Blackdogs teams in the off season.
Cesar Gutierrez has been with West Coast Blackdogs since the inception straight out of high school. He began as a hitting instructor at Caira's Cages at the age of 18 and was immediately able to relate with players of all ages. He utilized his baseball knowledge to quickly break down a players swing and translate what was needed in order to correct their mechanics. He is now one of the main hitting/fielding instructors and runs the day to day operations at the facility. Cesar has also coached for the program for over 10 years. He is currently the head coach of the 12u youth team and the 17u college development team. Coach Cesar has been instrumental in the development of over 50 college baseball players, 4 MLB draft picks, and many more to come over the next few years.
Houston Hernandez played his college ball at Cal State Dominguez Hills where he was the all time doubles leader. That's until Kevin Pillar broke his record in 2010. Since his playing days he has been the varsity head coach for several schools in Southern California such as Troy, Mark Keppel, and Schurr. He rebuilt all those non traditional basbeball programs turning them into competitive teams in tough leagues while building a winning culture. Coach Hernandez has been with the Blackdogs program for many years and is an intricate part of the organization as well as the coach/instructor for our youth and high school teams.
George Barnes played varsity baseball at Los Altos High School. After H.S., Barnes played two seasons at East Los Angeles College before transferring to Azusa Pacific University to finish out his college career. Barnes continued on after APU to play professional baseball for the Pensacola Pelicans. After playing, Barnes began his coaching career at Charter Oak High School in 2002. Since then, he has been coaching year-round at the college level. He spent 8 seasons at Mt Sac and also spent time at (Chaffey, LA Harbor, East Los Angeles College, and Dominguez Hills). At one time, Barnes was spending his summers coaching in the prestigious Cape Cod Summer League, while serving as a pitching coach for the Brewster White Caps and the Chattum A’s. Currently, he is also working for the Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy (DTA). Barnes currently serves as the Pitching Coach at Azusa Pacific University where has coached for the last seven (7) years. Barnes is also currently one of our head coaches/instructor for the West Coast Blackdogs overseeing many of our age levels.
Trent Abbott was born into Baseball! Due to his father, Paul Abbott, being drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the third round of the 1985 MLB draft. Coach Abbott was lucky enough to grow up in professional baseball clubhouse soaking up the knowledge and the work ethic it takes to be a professional baseball player. Coach Abbott attended Troy High school in Fullerton where he assaulted the Troy High record books. He broke the schools double record with 16, as well as posting the third highest average for the school with a .471 avg. He also was first team all league, first team all CIF , and also that year, he brought home the first league title in 20 years. Durning Coach Abbotts senior season he broke his wrist and missed half the year. After healing up, he came back to hit two homeruns in the playoffs. Leading his team to Troy's first Quarterfinals in 21 years. Abbott went on to play at Fullerton College where he opened some eyes on the mound After striking out 27 batters in 18 innings and posting a 92-94 mph fastball. Coach Abbott was drafted by the Oakland A's in the 36th round of the 2007 draft. At the age of 19, Abbott was injured and had to have shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. Unfortunately he was never able to fully overcome his injury. Coach Abbott coaching career started at his alma mater Fullerton College as the asst. pitching coach ,and that hornet team made it to the Regionals. Abbott then spent two years at Costa Mesa High School as the pitching coach. Coach Abbott is currently a varsity coach at Creen Luthern. Coach Abbott has been with the West Coast Blackdogs program for many years as a head coach and pitching instructor and has coached at all age levels.
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