IVC Baseball Coaching Staff
Kent Madole - Head Coach
Kent Madole enters his 12th season as the head coach and 13th overall with the Irvine Valley baseball program.
He was an assistant at IVC during the inaugural year of the program in 2001.
Kent is the first full-time baseball coach at Irvine Valley and has grown the program leaps and bounds. The first two years, IVC didn't have a home field, but that didn't stop Madole and his staff from getting the Lasers to be competitive right off the bat.
By 2005, the team made the regional playoffs and reached its first-ever Super Regional series.
In 2008, Irvine Valley hosted the Super Regionals for the first time. Kent is 4-0 in his career in regional playoff games.
IVC is a legitimate playoff contender year in and year out.
Kent has helped move more than 50 of his players on to continue their baseball careers at four-year colleges and universities with a number of them shining at Division I programs.
Pitcher Chris Saddoris was an All-American at UNLV, infielder Keith Smith was on the Wallace Award watch list at UNLV, catcher Jessie Mier stood out at Lewis-Clark State, was drafted by the Dodgers and is now in AAA with the Texas Rangers and pitcher Jeff Kaplan went from dazzling at Irvine Valley to becoming an ace for perennial power Cal State Fullerton. Recent IVC players Sean Williams (UC Santa Barbara) and Abel Medina (Cal State Dominguez Hills) are starting and starring for their respective teams. Medina has been labeled as a Division II preseason All-American for this season.
Kent also takes pride in his players work in the classroom. Four baseball players have been named the male scholar athlete of the year at Irvine Valley. IVC baseball prides itself on preparing players for four-year colleges both athletically and academically.
Kent came to Irvine Valley from Long Beach City College where he was one of the top assistants for five years. In his five years at LBCC, the Vikings reached the post-season three times, made it to two Super Regionals and one a conference championship.
Kent is an Orange County product, having starred at Foothill High in the Tustin area from 1985-88. He played centerfield and right field, was a team captain and earned all-league honors.
Kent went on to play college ball at the University of Pacific from 1988-92. He earned his bachelors degree in science from Pacific and then his masters degree in science from Long Beach State in 1997.
His ultimate goal at Irvine Valley each and every year is to have a respectful program, continue establishing a winning tradition and move student athletes on to play baseball and earn their degrees at four-year schools.
Kent has been married for 17 years and lives in Huntington Beach. He and his wife Joy have three sons, Nick, Noah and Nate, who also love sports.
Tony Cappuccilli - Assistant Coach
Tony Cappuccilli is in his fourth year as an assistant coach for the Irvine Valley baseball team.
And Coach Kent Madole is happy to have Tony on staff.
Tony's credentials as a player and coach are impressive. He was one of the top catchers in Orange County high school baseball history.
He was an All-American at Edison High in Huntington Beach in 1999 where he broke the county career home run record.
He went on to play at the University of Nevada from 2000-03 and helped the squad to a Big West Conference championship in 2000.
Tony played in the NCAA Regional's in 2000 with the Wolfpack at Stanford.
He batted .357 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI for Nevada in 2002. Tony was a pre-season All-Western Athletic Conference player in 2003. That year, he hit nine home runs for the Wolfpack.
He played professionally for the Florence Freedom of the independent Frontier League. He’s also played in the National Baseball Congress World Series three times.
Tony was the head coach at Trout Lake High in Washington in 2005 and was the varsity assistant back at his alma mater Edison 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.
Tony has been helping with the IVC program since the fall of 2009.
He was also an assistant coach with the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2010 and is the head coach of the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League. He will begin duties with the Bucs in the summer of 2011.
Tony received his Bachelor's degree from Nevada and got his Master's degree in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia.
He resides in Huntington Beach and is also a baseball instructor and camp director at Sluggers Baseball & Softball Instruction in Huntington Beach.
Alex Agortsas - Assistant Coach
Robert Purpura - Assistant Coach