2018 Coaching Staff

Head Coach Mike Cordero

Mike has over 13 years of coaching experience ranging from NCAA Division 1 to high school levels. He was recently named Head Coach at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamongo, Califrornia.

A highly successful high school coach at Loyola High School (Los Angeles) and Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA) mike brings a championship caliber background to the Onondaga Flames. While Head Coach at Loyola, his teams won a Mission League title and were ranked as high as No. 9 nationally. Additionally, Cordero’s program produced a Perfect Game and First Team All-American, Team USA Participant, MLB draft pick and more than 25 college players.

Prior to Loyola, Cordero was the head coach at Agoura High School. During his time there, he inherited a program that finished in last place the previous five years. Within two years, the Chargers won back-to-back Marmonte League championships. The 2013 team was ranked #1 in the Los Angeles Times polls and as high as 6th in the nation according to Baseball America. The program produced 20 collegiate baseball players, two NCAA Division 1 College World Series participants, one Division 3 national champion, three Perfect Game All-Americans and an NCAA Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. In addition, Cordero was invited to be the head coach of the CIF-SS All-Star team.

In 2009, Cordero served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at national powerhouse Cypress College. He played a strong role in developing numerous Division 1 infielders and two Junior College All-Americans. Mike’s recruiting classes helped produce a top-10 national ranking for Cypress in 2010 and a 2009 Orange Empire Conference championship.

In 2008, Mike served as the infield and hitting coach at Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. While at CSU he assisted in developing three Division 1 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans and helped the Buccaneers make the Big South Conference Tournament. At CSU, he had the privilege of coaching Boston Red Sox relief pitcher, Tyler Thornburg.

Over a 13-year career, Mike has coached in the postseason 11 times, winning six league championships. He has helped over 60 players move on to play in college and has had over a dozen players play professionally.

Cordero received a B.A. in Marketing from Upper Iowa University and a Master’s of Science in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. Mike lives in San Gabriel, CA with his wife, Monica, and their two children, Juliette (8), Noelle (4).

ASSISTANT COACHES

Robert Anders

Pitching Coach

Robert Anders, Howard Payne University Assistant Coach, is our new pitching coach for the 2018 summer season. No stranger to the NYCBL having played for the Alfred Oilers (forerunner to today’s Wellsville Nitros) in 2009 and 2010, Robert returns to the league for the first time as a coach.

A native of Midlothian, Texas, Anders is an HPU graduate and former Yellow Jacket player. Following his college playing career at Howard Payne, Robert transitioned to the HPU coaching staff in the Fall of 2011.  His duties in the program include working with the outfielders and pitching staff as well as assisting in the programs recruiting efforts. He also leads the Yellow Jacket player development programs.

Originally from Midlothian, Texas, Robert played at Hill Junior College and Cedar Valley Community College prior to attending Howard Payne. Robert transferred to HPU in the Fall of 2009 and completed for the Yellow Jackets during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.Robert graduated with a B.A. in Social Science, B.A. in Spanish, minor in Criminal Justice, Government, History and Political Science in December of 2012.

Coach Anders did several tours in the off-season with Athletes in Action to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and New York.

David Dennis

Assistant Coach

David Dennis joins the Flames for the 2018 season as an assistant coach. David just completed his first season with the Willamette University Bearcats as Assistant Coach working with infielders and outfielders, while serving as the team’s first base coach.

Dennis has several years of experience as a player and a coach at various levels of baseball. He played collegiate ball at the College of Idaho from 2007-09. Dennis recently coached the Storm Lake White Caps, an expansion team in the Pioneer Collegiate Summer Baseball League. He led Storm Lake to a second place regular season finish and helped the Whitecaps win the PCSBL Championship.

He served as the vice president of the Reno Blue Devils Baseball Academy from 2010-13. He was a head coach for multiple teams with the Blue Devils, and was in charge of player development, scheduling, and travel. Dennis led his teams to multiple championships. He was chosen an All-Star Coach twice for Reno West Babe Ruth in Nevada. Also during his time in Nevada, he led multiple Babe Ruth Prep teams to League Championships and was selected as the All-Star manager in 2011 and 2012.

Prior to his head coaching experience in Nevada, he served as a head junior varsity coach and was in charge of summer baseball teams in 2009-10. In addition, he coached the Team USA 17-and-under squad in June of 2010 and was in charge of high school baseball players for the Team USA qualifying camp.

David holds a BA from the University of Nevada-Reno in General Studies and an emphasis in Health Sciences and an MBA from Corban University.

 

Will Chapman

Assistant Coach

Will Chapman, Volunteer Assistant Coach at Cal State San Bernardino, is a new Assistant Coach for the Flames in 2018.

As the hitting and outfield coach Will did analysis of hitting tendencies for the Coyotes and served as the bench coach during games, Will also had responsibilities for recruiting and scouting.

Will has been a Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach at Queens College, New York, Assistant coach for the Garden City Wind (Garden City Kansas, Pecos League Independent Pro League), He has also been a Personal Trainer at a New York Sports Club,.

While attending graduate school, Will played 3 years in the Minor Leagues. He holds a BA in History,from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University,