Staff

Blue Wave’s key asset over the years is the combined experience and strength of its management team, coaches, trainers, and staff.

Blue Wave coaches and trainers have come from some of the top colleges, MLB teams, and high school coaching staffs in Southern California over the years, including: Cal State University Fullerton, Long Beach State, Stanford, Sacramento State, Fresno State, Vanguard, OCC, IVC, Angels, Rockies, Red Sox, Mets, Mariners, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Phillies, and more.

Blue Wave has been fertile proving grounds for coaches in Southern California as well, producing many notable high school and club coaches as well.

Blue Wave coaching alum include Bret Kay (JSerra), David Bacani (Santa Margarita Catholic HS), Rich Pohle (Brea Olinda), Matt Sorensen (Golden Valley), Bishop Griggs (Saddleback HS), Bret LeVier (El Toro), Jason Smith (Fullerton JC), Ben Owens (Tustin HS), Benny Bonilla, Derric Merrell, Louis Baltierra, Mike Fuchs, Charlie Phillips, and more.

And former Blue Wave players are now also making their way into the coaching ranks, including Justin Viele (LA Dodgers), Matt Florer (USD), Jon Hurst (Diamond Bar HS), and Dew Hillman (Laguna Hills).

Our present staff includes:

Steve Kruse

General Manager
Chairman & Board Director

(949)202-7748

steve@bluewaveathletics.com

Steve Kruse is general manager of Blue Wave Baseball, one of the oldest and most respected club baseball organizations in California.

Over the past 20 years, he has managed more than 100 teams ranging from 9U to high school and collegiate level that have played more than 5,000 games and won more than 150 league and tournament championships, as well as dozen national event championships to date.

His teams have also produced 350+ collegiate and nearly three dozen professional players as well.

Besides growing Blue Wave, Kruse has an impressive background in management and growing companies as well in the PC software industry with more than 25 years of successful executive-level experience as a President, CEO, COO, and CMO, including a stint as a key executive for PICK Systems in Irvine, CA from 1987 to 1992.

Kruse started his career as a Journalist, newspaper Editor and Publisher in the Pacific Northwest, where he garnered 16 national awards for writing, editing, and Journalist excellence from 1972 to 1982.

He started Blue Wave in 2004 as a “hobby” and has 40+ years of experience coaching or managing successful club teams in Football, Basketball, and Baseball.

Carlos Cornejo

Head Coach & Trainer
President & Board Director

(949)683-3453

carlos@bluewaveathletics.com

Carlos Cornejo not only coaches for Blue Wave, but anchored the middle for several Blue Wave teams in his career as both a high school and collegiate player.

Cornejo was a middle infielder for Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana from 2004 to 2007, when he graduated and went on to play shortstop for Curry College back East for four years on scholarship.

Returning to his native Orange County after graduating at Curry, Cornejo has served as an  assistant coach at Mater Dei and now oversees player development and operations for Blue Wave Athletics. Cornejo is considered one of the top young coaching prospects in Southern California.

Cornejo recently took over as President of Blue Wave Athletics, the parent non-profit organization that operates Blue Wave Baseball and other youth sports ventures.

Aron Garcia

Head Coach & Trainer
Vice President & Board Director

(562)301-6516

aronbaseball@yahoo.com

Northwood High School assistant Coach Aron Garcia is head coach Blue Wave’s highly regarded High School Player Preparation Program that is focused on developing seventh and eighth graders for high school baseball.

Garcia is one of the top youth team coaches in the Western region and excels at preparing players for their freshman year of high school and beyond.

Garcia’s teams are consistently competitive and highly ranked every year, he has more than 70 tournament and league titles to his credit, as well as 14U national championships in 2009 and 2010.

His 14U team was 67-14 in 2010, ranked 18th in the nation by Perfect Game national scouting service, and finished first or second in more than a dozen tournaments over a five-month span. His 11U team won 7 out of eight tournaments they entered in 2015 and were ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 10 nationally by USSSA.

Garcia’s 2018 Blue Wave 12U team won eight tournament titles in eight months, compiling a 53-8-2 record that was capped off with the Cooperstown All Star Village Week 9 Championship.

Garcia is also well experienced in playing in national tournaments; he was a member of the 1987 Northwood Little League team that played Taiwan in the Little League World Series.

He was featured in a feature article in the OC Register about his experience in the LLWS, as well as when he was featured in a June 27, 1988 Sports Illustrated as “The Comeback Kid.” And, in case you missed it, you can read the online version here HERE.

He was also a four-year varsity starter at Irvine High School, where he played short stop. After high school he attended Saddleback College, where he played baseball and football. He has coached baseball and football since 1996 at Irvine High School, Mater Dei and, currently, Northwood High School.

Coaches

Spencer Ludin

Head Coach & Trainer

(714) 393-6231

spencerhl12@cox.net

Spencer Ludin is one of the top up and coming young coaches in Orange County.

He has coached high school baseball since 2015 at Beckman High School, where he served as freshmen coach in 2015 and 2018, before leading the Beckman JV team as head coach to the Pacific Coast League JV Championships in 2019.

Coach Ludin is well suited to continue the winning tradition at Beckman, where he played his high school baseball from 2008-2012 and the three-year varsity starter was a member of four Pacific Coast League DIV III Championships and the overall CIF Champion in 2011

He was named First Team All-League twice (2011, 2012), First Team All-City in 2011, and named Offensive Player of the Year three times. Ludin led the Beckman 2011 CIF Championship Team in Average and Hits.

Coach Ludin also played for Blue Wave from 2008-2012 and was recruited by UC Davis, San Diego St. Cal Poly SLO, Long Beach State, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Baptist and the Atlanta Braves Organization.

He was also an exceptional football player at Beckman and chose to play football in college, graduating in 2017 from Livingstone College in North Carolina with Honors. Coach Ludin played in the HBCU Spirit Bowl and doing a combine with the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, and CFL Saskatchewan.

Besides coaching for Beckman and Blue Wave, Coach Ludin is available for private lessons as well.

 

Ricky Navarro

Coach & Trainer

(714) 270-4795

rickysrp2018@gmail.com

Coach Ricky Navarro was a three-year varsity letterman during his high school playing days at Beckman High School in Irvine, where he was part of three straight Pacific League titles and an All-League selection for three consecutive years as a catcher and middle infielder.

He was a member of Beckman’s 2009 CIF runner up team and 2011 CIF Southern Championship Team selection.

Coach Navarro attended Orange Coast College for two years, where he was a part of the No 1 JUCO team in the nation and runner up for the California Community College Championship title.

After OCC, he played on scholarship at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, where he competed his degree in Education.

Coach Navarro is also a Blue Wave alumnus with an intense passion for the game of baseball and the development of young players.

Besides coaching Blue Wave teams, he also gives private lessons in his spare time.

 

Rickysrp2018@gmail.com

(714) 270-4795

 

 

Matt Sorensen

Guest Coach & Trainer

(424)326-2807

mattsorensen002@gmail.com

Golden Valley High School Head Coach Matt Sorensen has nearly 10 years’ experience coaching high school varsity baseball, with head coaching stints at Estancia, Brea Olinda, and Cathedral City as well.

Sorensen serves as Blue Wave’s guest coach each summer and assists in promoting players to collegiate programs. He is both highly popular with the players and well respected by collegiate coaches as well.

Sorensen was a highly successful starting pitcher in his days for the Oklahoma Sooners as well as Cal State Fullerton, where he pitched for two seasons under head coach George Horton and established a 17-0 record over two years.

His 12-0 sophomore mark was the second best in school history, earning him first-team All-Big West Conference honors in 1999. He led the team in innings pitched (126.0) in his first year, beat all Big West foes at least once as a sophomore, and captured the Titans’ only College World Series win in the 1999 series after going 8.1innings against Texas A&M.

Sorensen was drafted twice in his collegiate career, by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998 and the Blue Jays once again in 2000.

He was a three-sport letterman for Warren High School in Downey, where he was named the high school’s “Athlete of The Year” and named First-team CIF and San Gabriel Valley League Player of the Year. He was also named to the Press Telegram Dream Team and selected First Team All-League three times.

Sorensen has coached many highly successful Blue Wave 18U Connie Mack teams over the years and many of his players and students have gone on to play college and professional baseball.

Zack Weiss

Visiting Pro Coach & Trainer

(714) 552-5985

zackweiss13@me.com

 

Cincinnati Reds reliever Zack Weiss serves as a Blue Wave guest coach during his off seasons from professional baseball.

A former standout pitcher for Northwood High School and UCLA, Weiss played for the REDS AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos last season, then added to their 40-man roster in November, 2017.

Weiss played at UCLA from 2011-2013 where he was a member of the 2013 National Championship team. As a freshman, Weiss was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. As a junior, he finished second in the country in appearances out of the bullpen.

Weiss was drafted by the Reds in the 6th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and has had a strong minor league career that earned him MILB honors as a post-season All-Star for the Southern League following the 2015 season in which he set the league record for consecutive saves (23).

He played in the prestigious Arizona Fall League and was in invited to Major League Spring Training. Following an injury during the 2016 season, Weiss returned to action in 2017 and finished a strong season back in AA Pensacola.

He coaches and gives lessons in the Irvine area in his off season, currently working with Blue Wave high school pitchers and catchers as well as the 12U team.

Weiss has a strong understanding of how to maximize efficiency in arm mechanics and strong knowledge of injury prevention and how to build arm strength.