Capistrano Valley baseball coach Bob Zamora is shown near scoreboard at the Bob Zamora Field in 2015. (File photo: Leonard Ortiz, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)
PUBLISHED: August 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm | UPDATED: August 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Bob Zamora resigned Tuesday as Capistrano Valley baseball coach, a position he held for 41 years.
Zamora, 71, will be replaced by one of his former players, Adam Sorgi.
Zamora will remain in the Capistrano Valley baseball program as an assistant coach. He will coach first base and serve as a bench coach as needed. Field maintenance always has been a Zamora hobby and source of pride, so he will continue to work on what years ago was named Bob Zamora Field at Capistrano Valley High.
His resignation was expected after he coached Capistrano Valley to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship this past season. He had hinted that the 2018 season would be his last as head coach.
For Zamora the timing and circumstances are ideal: his final season was a CIF-championship season, a former player of his is replacing him and he gets to stay involved.
Capistrano Valley coach Robert Zamora watches from the dugout during Capistrano Valley’s 4-2 victory over Orange Lutheran in the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 baseball playoffs on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
“This is just what I wanted,” Zamora said. “It’s perfect.”
The 2018 title was the Cougars’ seventh CIF-SS baseball championship during Zamora’s tenure. His teams won 17 league championships.
Zamora’s 746 career wins is second-most in Orange County high school baseball history. Former La Quinta coach Dave Demarest is ahead of Zamora with 753 wins. Ex-Esperanza coach Mike Curran has 751 wins, but some of the wins were collected when Curran coached at St. Paul.
Among the pro and college players Zamora coached is Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks.
Zamora expects that Sorgi will run the program and handle game management differently from him. And he’s OK with that.
“Adam’s a great coach,” Zamora said. “He has a great mind. It’ll be fine.”
Sorgi was an All-Orange County player in 2003 and went on to Stanford where he was an all-conference baseball player. Sorgi was the head coach for one season at Laguna Hills and more recently has been an assistant coach at Santa Margarita. He will teach health sciences at Capistrano Valley.
Capistrano Valley also announced that Tony Nieto has been hired as a baseball assistant coach. Nieto had been the baseball head coach at California High of Whittier in recent years.