Coaching Since: 2015
Started with FCA: 2018
Current & Prior Coaching Experience:
Coach A.J. played FCA for 4 years from age 13 to 17, and returns to the program to coach. A.J. had the opportunity to be an assistant coach under Jose Rijo for the Rijo Athletics 13u team in the 2015-2016 season when they won the USSSA State Championship among many other tournaments and their league championship.
He has coached Fall Ball and worked at many Rijo Athletics camps as well. Coach A.J. was also an assistant coach in Woodinville Little League with both his younger brothers’ baseball teams. In high school, he coached at multiple Woodinville High School basketball camps.
A.J. graduated from Woodinville High School in 2016 and now attends the University of Washington in the Foster School of Business. He played 4 years of basketball and baseball at WHS, and decided to focus on his studies in college instead of continuing his baseball career. We are grateful he has decided to turn to coaching.
Verse to live by:
Isaiah 40:30-31 - For even youth grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
“If you’re not havin’ fun, what’re you doing” - Cooper James
Coaching Role Model:
I don’t pick favorites; all my coaches have been instrumental in my life.
Favorite Part of Coaching:
Helping players focus on always giving their best attitude and effort; helping them understand their role on a team, and that the team is always greater than themselves, in life and on the baseball field. Oh, and winning is fun, too.