Irvine Valley assistant baseball coach Tony Cappuccilli has been named the head coach for the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaska Baseball League.
The Bucs start their season this week.
Cappuccilli, 29, replaces T.J. Bruce, who skippered the Bucs to a disappointing fourth place finish in 2010.
Bruce is an assistant coach at UCLA.
Cappuccilli was an All-Western Athletic Conference catcher at Nevada and played professionally for the Florence Freedom of the independent Frontier League. He's also played in the National Baseball Congress World Series with the San Diego Stars.
He batted .357 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI for Nevada in 2002. Cappuccilli hit another nine home runs for the Wolfpack in 2003.
Cappuccilli was the head coach at Trout Lake High in Washington in 2005 and was the varsity assistant back at his alma mater Edison High in Huntington Beach from 2006-09.
He helped guide the Chargers to two Sunset League titles.
The team went to the CIF finals and played at Angel Stadium in 2009. He spent the summer of 2009 in Germany as an envoy coach for Major League Baseball.
Cappuccilli was also an assistant coach with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2010.
Cappuccilli just finished his second season as an assistant coach at Irvine Valley.
The team ended the 2011 season with a record of 19-17 overall.