Ron has been a private softball pitching instructor since 2003. He has been coaching softball since 1995. Currently pitching coach for RR Gold out of Stockton with head coach Bob Regpala. Ron currently has 125 students that come to him for pitching lessons. I have over 50 college pitchers in college.
Past Coached Teams
2003 to current Pitching Coach Runnin Rebels Gold (18 Gold)
2008 Pitching Coach California Grapette's Gold (18 Gold)
2000-2005 Assistant Coach Folsom High School (Varsity)
2002 Assistant Coach Nor Cal Lite (14u)
2001 Assistant Coach California Sting (14u)
2000 Assistant Coach Fresno Force (12u)
1998-1999 Head Coach Sacramento Dynasty (12u)
1997 Assistant Coach Lady Blazers (10u)
Bob’s Fast pitch Softball career started back in 1977, where he played for Carmelita’s of Roseville Calif. Continued to play for the next 14 years for a variety of A and Open A travel teams at the national level based out of Sacramento California. Bob ended his playing career with the
Bob started coaching in 1995 at a local recreational league in Orangevale California, where he coached for two years. In 1997 he started coaching travel ball with the Golden Thunder 12U. Bob continued coaching with a variety of travel teams;
Bob was Head Varsity Softball coach at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks California from 2002 to 2007, where he led the Bronco’s to their first playoff berth in 20 years in the 2007 season.
Bob was also an assistant coach at Sac City College for four years.
Bob is currently the hitting coach for Sierra College.
His son Heath Hayes played baseball at San Diego State where he received All American honors and was also named MVP of the WAC he senior year (1994). Heath was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1994 and went on to play seven years with the Indians organization, ending his career with the Triple A
Bob is married to Janet Hayes (30 years) and a proud father of four daughters and one son and three grand children.
Rob Diggle has been coaching either baseball or softball since the early 1980's. He was a high school baseball coach at San Benito High School in Hollister, CA from 1981 -1984. From 1985 -1989 he was an assistant coach at two Pac 10 schools. Rob worked on a Master's degree and helped at Stanford in the 85'-86' seasons and then spent 3 years as an assistant at the University of Washington. While at Washington coach Diggle completed his Masters Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. Rob's primary responsibilities were hitting, recruiting, and infield play at UW.
Chelsea has been a pitching coach since 2005. She has also volunteered working with pitchers in the San Joaquin area while going to college. Chelsea is a graduate of University of the Pacific in Stockton, California with a degree in Communication. She has been pitching since the age of 8 years old. Chelsea accepted a full athletic scholarship from the University of the Pacific where she played all four years and graduated in 2009. Shortly after graduating she went to the Netherlands and played professional softball for the Twins. Chelsea now devotes full time to helping other pitchers in the Sacramento area.
Chelsea Engle 's Athletic Achievements & Awards:
2009 tallied 496 strike outs for four seasons, including 109 for 2009 season, a total which ranks No. 3 best all-time in University of the Pacific program history.
2009 in her 137 appearances and 651.1 innings pitched, Chelsea has secured 50 wins for UOP ranked No. 7 in University of the Pacific program history.
2009 appeared in 137 contest ranking No. 3 all-time in University of the Pacific program history.
2008 All Big West Conference Second Team for Pitcher at University of the Pacific.
2007 All Big West Conference Second Team for Pitcher at University of the Pacific.
2007 Big West Pitcher of the Week (April 9th, 2007) at University of the Pacific.
2005-2006 Who’s Who among American High School Students
2005 Winner of the 6th Annual
2005 5th Place American Fastpitch Association North American Championship Tournament 18-under National (
2005 CalHi Sports All-State Overall 2nd team for Pitcher
2005 Sacramento Bee All-City 1st team for Pitcher
2005 Folsom High School ranked #10 in the San Joaquin Section Girls Softball
2005 Folsom High School record of 1098 strike outs for career
2005 Folsom High School record of 366 strike outs
2005 Folsom High School record of 22 wins
2005 CalHi Sports ranked #25 for Northern California Final & Expanded Overall Top 25
2005 Life Skills “MVP” at Folsom High School
2005 Folsom High School “Player of the Year”
2005 Varsity Team Captain
2005 ranked by CalHi Sports in the top five for
Folsom High School finishing in the top three the last 3 years in the Delta League.
Folsom High School qualified for play offs three out of the three years in the Delta League.
2005 First time in Folsom’s history to be ranked #1 in softball by the Sacramento Bee.
2005 Delta League “Player of the Year”
1000 strike outs for her high school career against St. Francis on April 29th, 2005.
2004 fifth Annual Sacramento River Cats “Robert K. Puglia Award Nominee
2004/2005 National Honor Roll
2004 4th of July
2004 CalHi Sports All-State Underclass 1st team for Pitcher
2004 Sacramento Bee All-City 1st team for Pitcher
2004 Folsom High School Varsity Softball “Defensive MVP”
2004 Folsom High School Varsity Softball “MVP”
2004 Delta League “Player of the Year”
2004 Delta League “First Team”
2004 Delta League Division
2004 Starting pitcher on Varsity Softball team at Folsom High School as a Junior
2003 4th Annual
2003/2004 National Honor Roll
2003 Placed 17th at ASA Nationals 18 & under in
2003 CalHi Sports All-State Underclass Team for Pitcher
2003 Sacramento Bee All-City 1st team for Pitcher as a Sophomore
2003 San Joaquin Section –
2003 Delta League Division 1 – Champions
2003 Delta League “Player of the Year”
2003 Delta League “First Team”
2003 Folsom High School Varsity Softball “MVP”
2003 Starting pitcher on Varsity Softball team at Folsom High School as a Sophomore
2002/2003 National Honor Roll
2002 Placed 25th at ASA Nationals 14 & under
2001 Placed 2nd at ASA Western Nationals 16 & under
2001 Placed 3rd at National Softball Association Western World Series 14 & under
2000 Placed 5th at ASA Nationals 12 & under
2000 “Coaches” award in Volleyball
2000 Placed 1st at
1999 Placed 2nd at Metro Championship 12 & under
1999 Placed 13th at ASA Nationals 12 & under
1998 received “MVP” for Nor Cal Girls Softball All-Stars
1998 Placed 3rd at Metro Championship 12 & under
1997 received “MVP” for Nor Cal Girls Softball All-Stars
1995 to 1998 All-Star Team all three years at Folsom Girls Softball
Bryan Merrida has been coaching softball since 1978, when he coached a company team for Well Fargo. Two years later he began coaching a women's open "A" slow pitch team. In 1984, his women's Mr. A's Express team out of Sacramento, won the A.S.A. National Tournament at Midland, Texas. In 1997 it was a repeat performance, with many of the women who had participated in the 1984 championship, again winning it all, at the 35 and over Women's A.S.A. National Championship, in Stockton, California.
Coach Bryan has been coaching fast pitch softball since 1997 when his daughter Christina began to play. Bryan coached with old friends Ron Engle and Rob Diggle on the California Sting for a season. Bryan was the head coach with Nor Cal Lite in 2002 and is now with All American Sports Academy 18 Gold, since 2004. Coach Rob and Bryan have been coaching together for the past 14 years. Coach Bryan has been instrumental in the player development of many collegiate softball players over the past 10 years, as some 60 players have committed to D1 programs. Coach Bryan is the assistant head coach with wife Linda, at Pioneer High School in Woodland, California.
Bryan is married to Linda and has a daughter Christina, who is an assistant softball coach at North Texas State University, in Denton, Texas.