Eric Bloom is entering his third season as a coach for SOBA. He helped create SOBA with coach Mike Schultz and has been with the SOBA organization since its inception in 2016. After a year of living in Houston in 2017 and working as a tournament director at Baseball USA for USSSA, he is back for his second consecutive season and looks to build on the progress of the organization and player development from the previous season.
Bloom played two seasons for Los Angeles Pierce College under Coach Bob Lofrano and then Coach John Bushart. After receiving his Associate’s Degree at Pierce, he received a scholarship to play Division II baseball for Coach Stan Sanchez at Colorado State University at Pueblo, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, Health Promotion and Recreation. While on the team he was able to uphold a 3.0 GPA or better making the Athletic Director’s Dean list every semester.
At CSU-Pueblo, he was a part of their 2009 conference tournament championship and regional run where they fell two wins short of the Division II World Series. In his time at Pueblo he became the first player in the history of the program to be named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week (Weekend of April 10-12, 2009). In one of the games that weekend he tied a school record for RBI’s in a game with 8.
After college, Bloom played in Independent Minor League Baseball for three different seasons. His career ended in 2012, playing for the Edinburg Roadrunners of the United Baseball League as a back-up catcher and utility infielder. The Roadrunners took first place in the regular season and swept through the playoffs becoming the 2012 United Baseball League Champions.
After playing Independent Minor League Baseball, Bloom was a head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Los Angeles Pierce College for 5 seasons, making the playoffs in 2 of them. Over 75% of his players have gone on to play 4-year baseball, with 3 of those players being drafted and playing professionally this season.
Taylor Costin, 28 years old and was born and raised here in The Valley. I’ve been playing baseball since I was 3. I started at Sherman Oaks Little League, moved on to Encino Little League for two years, then played high school baseball at Cleveland High School. I’m currently in my eighth year of teaching Physical Education at Los Encinos School. I’m a huge Dodger fan, as my parents have had season tickets since I was born and I’ve never missed an Opening Day. Baseball runs through my veins and I don’t know what I would do without it.
Tommy Derry played high school baseball at El Camino Real Charter High School. He was a three-year varsity player and was a part of the 2012 CIF championship team. After high school, he went on to play baseball at San Francisco State University. After two years of playing for the university, Tommy became an undergraduate assistant coach for the next two years. Tommy graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor degree in Kinesiology and a minor in athletic coaching. He is currently the head Junior Varsity baseball coach at Calabasas high school.
Angel Nunez played attended Cleveland High School, where he was First Team All-West Valley League three seasons in a row from 2003 – 2005. After graduating from Cleveland, he attended Los Angeles Valley College for the 2007 & 2008 season, where he became the starting centerfielder and team homerun leader both years. In both seasons at Valley, Angel was awarded First Team All-Western State Conference and in 2008 set a school record for hit by pitches with 26. Angel finished his college career playing for New Mexico Highlands University.
Mike Jordt enters his first season with SOBA. He recently graduated from California State Northridge with a Master Degree in Social Work. Jordt is currently working at LA Family Housing, and has previous experience working with kids who have Autism for up to 12 years.
Prior to this first season with SOBA, Jordt spent 5 years as the assistant coach at Los Angeles Piece College, coaching alongside John Bushart since 2008. In his five years at Pierce, the Brahmas made the state playoffs twice in 2010 and then again in 2011. While at Pierce, Jordt worked with the catchers, infielders and also served as the team’s hitting coach.
Jordt played two years for Los Angeles Pierce College under Coach Bob Lofrano. During his time at Pierce, Jordt served primarily as the backup catcher, and played along three teammates who played Major League Baseball in Coco Crisp, Doug Slaten, and Jack Cassel.
During the past four summers Jordt has served as the Head Coach of the So Cal Phillies’ collegiate team, leading the team to two playoff appearances. Jordt worked primarily with catchers, infielders, and hitters while serving as head coach. Prior to coaching with the So Cal Phillies both on the collegiate and high school levels, Jordt served as an Assistant Coach with other collegiate summer teams, the Humboldt Crabs (2009 – 2011) and the Pittsfield Dukes (2006). While with the Crabs he worked primarily with the catchers and hitters; during his three year stretch the Crabs captured two league titles while averaging over 40 wins a season.
Jordt has also spent time coaching at Crespi Carmelite High School from 2006 to 2007, serving as the Freshman Head Coach and as an assistant with the Junior Varsity. During his stint with Crespi, 12 players he coached eventually transferred to Division 1 schools.