Justin Barchus is a 2006 graduate of McNary High School. He attended Lane Community College, Western Oregon, and Portland State. Where he graduated with a degree in exercise science.
Barchus started his coaching career at McNary High School under current head coach Larry Keeker. As the pitching coach from 2009-2011 he was part of a program that went 48-32 and had eight wins in the state playoffs during that span. The pitching staff that he led dropped their ERA (earned run average) by .93 over his three seasons at the helm and had 11 all-conference players during the span. After his time at McNary he became the head coach for Capital City Select, a west coast-based travel ball program. He accumulated 206 wins and a .719 win percentage against some of the stiffest competition in the United States. During his time with the club they sent 19 players on to play college baseball including 11 to division-1 universities. Barchus got his first coaching opportunity in the WCL with the Klamath Falls Gems, where he became the youngest coach in the history of the league. He then moved on to coach the Gresham GreyWolves in 2016 and 2017, where he accumulated a 46-61 record over his two years. Finishing one game out of the playoffs in 2016. Last summer in his first at the helm of the Pickles, Barchus led the team to a league best 37-17 record and a Southern Division regular season championship. Those accomplishments earned him the WCL coach of the year honors.
Barchus is currently a strength and conditioning coach in his professional life. He works as head programmer and head coach of the competitive program at CrossFit Wilsonville. He has spent time as a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Illinois, and Oregon City High School. He also runs private instruction for college athletes, CrossFit regional athletes, and national level weightlifters and powerlifters.
Justin currently lives with his wife Jessica in Oregon City, they were married in August of last year.
Zach Miller is a graduate of Yelm High School in 2006 and his collegiate playing career started at Washington State University where he signed to pitch for the Cougars and then head coach Donnie Marbut and pitching coach Gregg Swenson. A labrum injury forced a red-shirt season in 2007 and in 2008 he transferred to Green River Community College and helped the Gators to a 3rd place finish in the NWAC while garnering a West Region 1st Team Relief Pitcher accolade and Closer of the Year award with 9 saves. After a successful stop at Green River he continued his play at Western Oregon University (NCAA Division II) only to have another labrum injury sideline him in 2010. At WOU he was a part of two GNAC championship teams under then head coach Jeremiah Robbins and a regional berth in 2011.
Zach was a first time West Coast League head coach for the Port Angeles Lefties in their Inaugural year in the WCL in 2017 where he managed the Lefties to a 19-34 (24-34 overall) record including 3 WCL All Stars. Currently he is in his second year serving as an assistant coach at Tacoma Community College where he works with catchers and pitchers along with first base coaching duties. In his first year with Tacoma the Titans finished 30-17 overall with a trip to the NWAC tournament. Previously, he was the head coach at Central High School, a 5A high school that competes in the Mid-Willamette Conference located in Independence, Oregon for 5 years (2012-2016). Prior to Central he was the head coach for Salem Post 9 American Legion in 2011 as well as the pitching coach in 2010 on teams that finished 3rd and 5th in the AAA Legion state tournament, respectively.
Zach has extensive knowledge of the WCL stemming from his days as a player as well when he was a Bellingham Bell in 2007, and a Kitsap Bluejacket in 2008 and 2009. He competed in the Home Run Derby in 2007 when the WCL All-Star game was hosted by Bellingham.
Zach received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Oregon University in 2011. He finished his Master of Arts degree in teaching with a focus in Community Health in 2016 from Western Oregon University as well. He married his wife Maddie in August of 2015 and they now live in Roy, WA.
Coach Magdaleno is a native Californian with 30 years of experience coaching at the high school and collegiate levels. Magdaleno currently serves as the head baseball coach at Clark College, a position he has held for the past two seasons. In his first year at the helm, the Penguins started the 2016 season with a 2-11 record under Magdaleno, but the Penguins closed the season by winning 19 of their final 28 games to finish with a 21-20 overall record. This spring, Magdaleno guided Clark to a 20-19 overall record and 8-7 mark at home. Before he was named the head coach at Clark, Magdaleno served as the program’s associate head coach for the 2015-2016 season after coming to Oregon from Ventura College in California, where he spent the 2014-2015 season as an assistant coach. Magdaleno has served as an assistant at Ventura in four separate stints, beginning in 1983 when he broke into coaching, and has also been the head coach at five high schools across California and Colorado. Magdaleno has a combined high school and college overall record of 311-185.
Coach Hoppel has spent the past three years as the head baseball coach at Clackamas Community College. Prior to taking over as the head coach for the Cougars, Hoppel served as an assistant coach, associate head coach, and co-head coach with the program for 14 seasons and previously coached for 10 years at the high school level. Hoppel was also the associate head coach of the Portland Kings collegiate summer team for two years. Hoppel is a graduate of Milwaukie High School, where he played high school baseball and later coached at, and played for CCC in 1982.
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