Ventura Halos Staff

 

 Jimmy Walker – Head Coach


jw2Jimmy Walker enters his fifth  year with the Halos organization.  In 2012 he managed the So Cal Halos in the Central Coast Baseball League and led them to the League Championship.  This is also the second time Coach Walker has managed in the California Collegiate League, having managed the Montery BaySox in the summer of 2006.  Currently he is the Pitching Coach and Associate Athletic Director at Ventura College.

 

Before taking the job at Ventura College, Walker was the Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach at Santa Clara High School in Oxnard.  In only his second season at the helm of the Saints Baseball program, the team earned the program’s first CIF-Southern Section playoff berth in 20 years, won its first playoff games in 21 years, and had a player (Patrick Herrera) earn ALL-CIF Southern Section honors.  For his teams’ success, the coaches of the Frontier League voted Walker Coach of the Year.  Santa Clara also won a Frontier League Championship in 2014 and lost in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

 

Before coming to the Halos, Coach Walker was the Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Cal State Monterey Bay, a NCAA Division II baseball program. From 2005 to 2010, Coach Walker recruited two All-West Region players, four All-Conference players, helped sign three players to professional contracts, and coached 29 All-Conference All-Academic players. His on-field duties included coaching the pitchers and catchers, running the team’s offense, and serving as Director of Camps and Clinics.

 

Preceding his tenure at CSUMB, Coach Walker was the pitching coach at Monterey High School and helped them to a third place section finish in 2004 and a section championship in 2005. Three of his pitchers went on to play Division I college baseball at Texas, Cal and Long Beach State respectively.

 

Coach Walker began his coaching career in 2003 as the pitching coach at Monterey Peninsula College. He helped the team to a then school record of 29 wins in a season. One of his former pitchers, Daniel Barone, went on to pitch for the Florida Marlins in 2006.

 

Walker’s baseball background includes being the Director of Player Development and Head Catching Instructor for the Aldrete Baseball Academy from 1998 to 2005. His duties included running the college-prep program for academy members, placing players in to college programs, individual lesson instruction, and coaching numerous travel teams.

 

Coach Walker played college baseball at Monterey Peninsula College (1998-1999) and the University of California-Santa Barbara (2000-2001). He also played professionally for the San Angelo Colts (Texas-Louisiana League, 2001), Duluth-Superior Dukes, and Kansas City T-Bones (Northern League, 2002-2003).

 

He graduated from CSUMB in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and has a Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Sports Management and Leadership from NorthCentral University (2010). He resides in Ventura and is currently married to the former Karly Castro, the junior varsity girl’s basketball coach at Ventura High School.

 


 

Charles Merricks – Assistant Coach

 

charles Charles Merricks serves as the Halos pitching coach for his 4th season in the CCL, and grew up in Oxnard. He was a four-year letter winner in baseball at Channel Islands High School, earning All-League and All-County honors, while also earning four letters in basketball and three in football.

 

Merricks played at UCLA for three years, where he served as a short reliever as a freshman and later became a regular starter as a center fielder. In 1999 he was named Bruins Defensive Player of the Year. He was drafted in the 17th round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies as a pitcher. The left hander played for three years with the Rockies, and five years professionally with a fastball reaching 97 MPH.

 


 

 Raul Camacho – Assistant Coach

 

Lured out of retirement by the offer to coach standout college players in a first class organization, Camacho returns to the CCL after having been an assistant coach with the expansion Bakersfield Sound during the 2013 season.

 

Before joining the CCL, Camacho was the head coach at St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura. In 11 seasons as head coach, he compiled a school record 209 wins. Camacho led the Seraphs to seven league championships (including back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2007 and 2008) under his charge, reaching the CIF-Southern Section playoffs ten times. The Seraphs reached the CIF Final in 2006 and the Semi-Finals another three times.

 

He was selected National Western Region High School Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2005, and was named Tri-Valley League Coach of the Year seven times. He was also voted Ventura County Coach of the Year five times by the Ventura County Baseball Coaches Association, and was manager of the West squad in the Jim Parker All-Star Game three times.

 

Camacho makes his home in Ventura County and is currently the Assistant Athletic Director at St. Bonaventure High School.

 


 

Chris Gomez – General Manager

 

Chris_gomezChris was a long time high school football coach at Santa Paula High where he played on and later coached some of the most successful teams in the school’s history. He has made a name for himself in the baseball sphere by partnering up with some of the most respected men in the sport.

 

In 2009, Chris teamed up with Ventura County legend Jim Colborn and co-founded the Jim Colborn Baseball League, where he served as player agent. With the success of the league, Chris then co-founded of the Texas Rangers Scout team where he served as general manager, which was managed by Texas Ranger scout Todd Guggiana.

 

In 2011 Chris joined forces with Bill Pintard – Angels/Yankees scout and Santa Barbara legend, starting the SoCal Halos program. The teams were highly successful in their first season and continue to be, now involved in year round sessions to help develop the best players throughout southern California and help them reach the next level. A number of highly recruited SoCal Halos in the MLB and NCAA Division 1 programs have come through the program. Chris is also the owner of the SoCal Halos teams and president of the Premier College Baseball League.

 

Chris’s son Aaron was an All-CIF baseball player at Santa Paula High and currently plays college baseball. Chris also has two beautiful teenage daughters, Alyssa and Ashley, who are actively involved in school sports, theatre, band and school government. He resides in Santa Paula with his children.

 


 

Eric Evelhoch – Director of Communications / Play-by-Play Broadcaster

 

Entering his fourth season as the ‘Voice of the Halos’, Eric has called play-by-play professionally in Ventura County since 2009. He has served as the Halos’ public address announcer at home games, and play-by-play broadcaster for road games since the team’s inception in 2013. This will be the first season every Halos game is broadcast live.

 

In addition to broadcasting for the Halos, Evelhoch is currently the play-by-play voice and Communications Director for Ice Hockey at University of California-Santa Barbara. He just completed his second season as public address announcer for University of California-Santa Barbara baseball, and has served as public address announcer for Ventura College baseball and volleyball since 2012.

 

Last season while concurrently working with the Halos, Evelhoch served as the Assistant Director of Communications for the Ventura County Fusion soccer club. During his time with Fusion, he called play-by-play for the club’s Premier Development League campaign, as well as their record-setting US Open Cup run, the inaugural Ventura County Cup, and friendlies against Glasgow Rangers FC, the Mexico U17 national team, New York Cosmos, and Sacramento Republic FC.

 

Evelhoch’s broadcasting career in Ventura County began as part of HomeField Sports, calling play-by-play for high school and college sports. He served as play-by-play broadcaster for the High School Football Game of the Week on then local radio stations NewsTalk 1520AM KVTA and AM1400 KKZZ; called play-by-play for online streaming coverage of college football, basketball, and baseball, as well as high school football, basketball, and baseball, including the 2009 CIF Football Championship game.  In addition to play-by-play-broadcasting, Evelhoch hosted the nightly two-hour sports talk show “Ventura County SportsNite” on AM1400 KKZZ from 2009-2011. He served as the play-by-play voice for Ventura College men’s and women’s basketball for five seasons, and called play-by-play at the 2010, 2011, and 2014 CCCAA State Championships.

 

As a freelance writer, Evelhoch has had his work featured in the Ventura County Star since 2012, covering CCCAA and high school football, CCCAA basketball, CCCAA and PDL soccer, as well as writing columns about the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings.

 

Send all Ventura Halos media inquiries to venturahalosbroadcast@gmail.com

 


 

Chris McKee – Advanced Media Director

 

cmc2Chris has been involved with Coaching Travel, Club, and Scout baseball since 2003. He is a professional Graphic / Web Designer / Videographer and Musician. He handles all media and design for the Ventura Halos and SoCal Halos. The Camarillo, CA native resides in Camarillo with his wife Yvonne and their three children Miranda (BYU), Hailey (BYU) and Christopher – who completed his second year at Ventura College after being a senior team captain on the varsity baseball team at Newbury Park High School and two-time USA Baseball Junior Olympic Gold Medalist (15u,17u) and member of USA Baseball’s SoCal NTIS 17u Team and SoCal Premier Halos and Ventura Halos (Halo 4 Life).

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