Coaching Staff

Robert Ruiz
Coaching Record
2010 13-34
2011 19-30
2012 24-27-1
2013 26-24
2014 39-19
2015 41-17
2016 42-13
Total 194-164-1

ROBERT RUIZ

Baseball Head Coach

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Now the second longest tenured coach in Westmont Baseball history, Robert Ruiz began serving as Westmont’s head coach in June of 2009 and since then the Warrior baseball program has inproved each year. In 2012, Ruiz lead the Warriors to their first postseaon appearance in 15 years. In 2014, the Warrior went 39-19, won the GSAC Tourament and made the programs first appearance in the NAIA Opening Round Tournament. Westmont made a return trip to the NAIA Opening Round Tournament in 2015 and posted a record of 41-17.

In 2016, Westmont won the GSAC Regular season championship with a conference mark of 25-5 and an overall mark of 42-13. Ruiz was named the GSAC Baseball Coach of the Year, the first time a Westmont coach was so honored. Also for the first time in program history, Westmont hosted both the GSAC Championship Tournament and an NAIA Opening Round Tournament.

Before coming to Westmont, Ruiz served as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Azusa Pacific for five years. Ruiz helped lead Azusa Pacific to some of its most successful years in program history. As hitting coach, Ruiz equipped the Cougars to post their best three-year totals in batting average (.344), hits (2,132), doubles (422), home runs (304), total bases (3,516), runs (1,653), RBIs (1,490) and slugging percentage (.567). Among Ruiz’ other duties at Azusa Pacific were infield coach, third base coach and recruiting coordinator.

During Ruiz’ coaching tenure at Azusa Pacific, the Cougars posted three seasons with 36 or more wins. In the 22 seasons prior to 2007, the Cougars had recorded only one season in which they won more than 35 games. In the last five years, Ruiz recruited and coached seven players that have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft.

"Coach Ruiz is a strong Christian leader with a track record of winning", said Westmont Athletic Director Odell, "and he is someone who understands how to recruit and coach within the rigorous academic curriculum at Westmont."

In 2012, Ruiz was honored as a Employee of the Year at Westmont.

Ruiz’ philosophy of coaching has been largely shaped by his study of organizational leadership in which he holds a master’s degree from Azusa Pacific.

"Competitive athletics offer the experience of adversity, challenge, work ethic, and selflessness. Standing on a foundation of positive values and the right character attributes allows for success in this environment. The bi-product of integrity and value driven athletes is the ability to win, or being prepared to win in all of the challenges or obstacles presented. I am passionate about leading a group of young men and preparing them to win while at the same time encouraging them to become great people who are building their relationship with God and impacting their community in a positive way," said Ruiz.

A four-year student-athlete at Pitzer College where he earned a degree in organizational studies, With Ruiz at second base for Pomona-Pitzer, the Sagehens won two conference championships. He was twice named to the All-SCIAC and All-West Region teams.

Ruiz understands the rigors of life as a collegiate athlete and the opportunities which a coach has to positively influence the lives of those who play for him.

"I believe that an institution of higher education that allows for faith integration provides students the opportunity for peak academic achievement as well as spiritual maturity. My passions and personal value structure fall in line directly with the mission of the institution. I am energized at the opportunity to lead a group of student-athletes toward academic, athletic and spiritual growth," said Ruiz.

A strong suit for the Warrior coach is his experience in evaluating baseball talent. Ruiz has served as a talent evaluator and instructor at the Stanford Baseball Camp, Team One Showcase and the Under Armor National Tryout, Tournament and Camp. He has also served as a baseball camp instructor at Harvard and Azusa Pacific.

Ruiz, his wife JulieAnn live in Goleta, along with their son Colin who was born in June of 2014.



Tony Cougoule

TONY COUGOULE

Pitching Coach

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Tony Cougoule enters his 12th year as collegiate coach and begins his eighth year as the pitching coach for the Westmont baseball program. As the Warriors’ pitching coach, the staff has seen improvements in numerous statistical categories.  From 2010 to 2013, the Warriors lowered their ERA by over a run each year. In 2014, the staff posted the lowest ERA (3.39) since 1977, only to be further reduced to 3.22 in 2015. In 2016, the staff ERA broke below 3.00, finishing at 2.97, which was eighth lowest in the NAIA.

The 2015 staff recorded the most strikeouts in program history (421) and the 2016 pitchers set single-season records for most saves (17) and most shutouts (8).

In addition to his duties on the field, Cougoule takes part in all facets of the Warrior baseball program, including recruiting, fundraising and administration.

Cougoule spent two seasons as an assistant coach for Southeastern Community College where he contributed to the single-season win record (41), a top-ten national ranking and a top-ten ranking in fielding percentage (2009). He helped develop ten all-conference players in his time as assistant coach. He also served as interim head coach for 12 games in the 2009 season. 

Cougoule spent the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons at Azusa Pacific University where he and current Westmont head coach Ruiz served as assistants. Cougoule helped lead APU to their most successful season in school history in 2007 serving as the Cougars’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. The Cougars broke single season records for wins (51) and conference wins (32) while capturing the GSAC conference championship and the NAIA Region II championship. Azusa Pacific returned to the NAIA World Series for the first time in 23 years. During that time, Cougoule coached six future MLB draft picks. 

Cougoule’s first coaching experience was in 2005 as an assistant to Coach Justin Schulte at his alma mater, Mount Mercy (42-28).

During the summer of 2016, Cougoule served as the pitching coach for the Santa Barbara Foresters of the National Baseball Congress (NBC) that playes in the California Collegiate League.

As a player, Cougoule’s best year came as a junior in 2003 when he recorded an 8-3 record with a 3.62 ERA and earned all-conference and team MVP honors. Cougoule was part of three regional teams while twice achieving academic all-conference honors and graduating cum laude with a degree in administrative management.

In 2007, Cougoule completed his master’s degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific University. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Warrior program and adds tremendous value to the staff.

In addition to his responsibilities as the Warriors’ pitching coach, Cougoule serves as the Facilities Liason for Westmont Athletics. Cougoule and his wife Heidi have two daughters, Madison Stella, born in December 2012 and Sadie Grace, born in June 2015.



Greg Venzor

GREG VENZOR

Assistant Baseball Coach

Returning for his ninth year on the coaching staff is Greg Venzor. His primary responsibilities include working as outfield coach and first base coach.

"We are fortunate to play the game and the gifts we are given are not ours, but are all on loan from God," said Venzor. "I want to help the team put God first and nurture the spiritual aspect of the game. I want to help bring stability to the program. I love the atmosphere and I love the campus. I love the fact that you can get a great education with a Christian background at Westmont. It is a priviledge to coach here."

“We are very excited to have Coach Venzor on board and look forward to his impact in our program," said head coach Robert Ruiz "Coach Venzor brings a passion for the game and the development of young men. His attention to detail and general commitment to the development of our players will be a tremendous asset to our program. Greg is a strong Christian man who is dedicated to our vision and philosophy as a program and has become a regular contributor to its implementation."



Jon Combs

JON COMBS

Assistant Baseball Coach

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Jonathan Combs returns for a sixth year as an assistant coach with the Warriors. His primiary responsibilities include working as outfield coach and first base coach. Combs started his baseball career as an assistant coach with a local junior college. A graduate of Santa Barbara High School, Combs played four years of collegiate baseball, wrapping up at San Francisco State. He holds a bachleor of arts from Antioch University.

"I am honored to be part of this outstanding athletic program and to work with a terrific coaching staff," said Combs.



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DANIEL MARTONY

Assistant Baseball Coach

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Returning for his second season as a part of the Westmont Warriors coaching staff, Daniel Martony was born and raised in the Santa Barbara area. A graduate of Dos Pueblos High School, Martony pitched at NCAA Division 1 Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he lead his team to a top-10 national ranking, three consecutive conference titles and three NCAA Regional berths. After collegiate baseball, Martony played professional baseball with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association.

Martony’s coaching career began as a varsity coach at Dos Pueblos High School for two seasons, winning league titles both years. Martony is co-owner of the Foresters Baseball Club, an elite program that has helped develop and place countless athletes to the collegiate and professional levels. Martony holds a bachelors degree in psychology and a double minor in sociology and social work from Oral Roberts University. Daniel and his wife Emily reside in Goleta, California.



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CASEY SCHAPPER

Assistant Baseball Coach

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Casey Schapper enters his second year as an assistant baseball coach at Westmont College. His primary responsibilities include being the assistant pitching coach and running the strength and conditioning program in conjunction with P3.

As a student athlete, Schapper received his bachelor’s in philosophy and a certification in sports management at the University of California Santa Barbara. As an athletic trainer, Schapper has also successfully completed the National Academy of Sports Medicine certification for personal training.

As a player, Schapper received an athletic scholarship out of high school to play at the University of California Santa Barbara as both a pitcher and a hitter. He played at UCSB for three and a half years under fead coaches Bob Brontsema and Andrew Checketts. Schapper decided to make the move to Westmont to finish out his collegiate playing career. As a Warrior, Schapper posted a 3-0 record with 1.82 ERA in 34.2 innings pitched. He also served as a pinch hitter and designated hitter for the Warriors during that time.