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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide professional coaching to help players maximize their potential.



Our coaches understand how to teach kids of all ages and take the time to make sure the player grows, matures and develops. They are upbeat and positive (not too critical). We concentrate on teaching them discipline, work ethic, focus, team play, establishing goals and what it takes to accomplish those goals.

We understand that playing all year round can cause mental and physical breakdown so we are carefull not to overwork the boys and play them in too many games. Our goal from day 1 is to get them acclimated to the travel ball and gradually prepare them for High School baseball. Once the boys have achieved the HS status its now our job continue their growth and to get them the exposure needed to be recruited by college and pro scouts.

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Meet The Coaches
JAMES BUCCHERI Call/Text: (949)205-9080 Email:  ocscorpionsbaseball@gmail.com James...
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Meet The Coaches


Call/Text: (949)205-9080


James Buccheri’s career includes over 22 years of professional experience playing for organizations such as the Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays, and playing in the first World Baseball Classic in Orlando Florida.  James was also the starting outfielder for Team Italy in the 2004 Olympics in Athens Greece and was honored to be voted to the Olympic All-Star Team.  In addition to his professional playing experience, James has been coaching locally for various baseball clubs and providing private lessons to players of all ages for over fourteen years. Currently, James is the director and head coach of the OC Scorpions Baseball Club that works with kids ages eight to fourteen. He continues to actively provide individual and private instruction to local players and is proud to have two sons presently playing on Scorpions and at Aliso Niguel High School.

For more information about Private Baseball Lessons with James, click 


Call/Text: (949) 683-5229

Primarily a catching instructor with a catching background at Huntington Beach High School (1989-1990) and Cal State Fullerton (1991).  Chris earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton in 1995. He was an AVLL coach/manager for 5 years (2009 – 2013) and an assistant coach – 2012 with AVLL 11u All Star Team that reached the Sections Tournament.  Coach Mangels has organized and/or participated in several various AVLL off-season and in-season clinics since 2011.  Chris is also an Assistant Coach/Catching Instructor for the OC Scorpions program (2011-present)


Call/Text: (949) 331-2293
Email:  mhoop@sbcglobal.net

Ross has been coaching Travel Ball for more than 10 years.  He has coached every division from 8U-13U and coached the 2013 Samurai team to a 4th place finish in Cooperstown.  Ross is also very active in Little League having managed and coached All-Star Teams to Division titles as well as Tournament of Champions titles.  Ross will also be coaching the ANHS Frosh team starting in Spring 2020.  Ross is the father of Ethan Hoopingarner who was drafted by the NY Yankees out of high school but chose to attend USC on scholarship as a pitcher. In additon to managing OC Scorpions teams (2019-Present), Ross provides private instruction with a focus on pitching, hitting, strength & conditioning.

Ross also organizes our Baseball Camps, for more information on camps click HERE


Mike played in the big leagues from 89-95 with the Dodgers, Phillies, and Twins organizations. After retiring from MLB, Mike directed baseball camps and coached little league for over 8 years. He then began coaching professionally in 2005 in the Golden Baseball League known in 2007 as the South Coast League. In 2012, Mike coached in Grosetto Italy, where he Managed our very own OC Scorpions coach James Buccheri. Mike currently coaches over seas during the off season and is excited to be part of the OC Scorpions coaching staff.


Coach Ethan’s playing career includes 4 years of Little League All-Star experience (2008-2012), 4 years of High School experience (2015-2019) where he was 2-Time Pitcher of the Year.  In his senior year, he lead the team to Sea View League Champions with team leading ERA of 0.75 and 89 Strikeouts in 53 innings of work, along with a team leading Batting Average of .400 in 116 Plate Appearances.  Ethan was voted to the 2nd Team All CIF and 1st Team All Sea View League. Ethan played with both the Padres and Angeles Scout teams and was drafted in 2019 by the NY Yankees. He is now attending USC on a Baseball Scholarship.


posted 04/04/2014
Private Coaching



  • Increase power
  • Learn proper hitting strategy
  • How to work a count
  • How to increase your average


  • Learn proper form
  • How to increase Arm Strength
  • Pitch for accuracy
  • How to exploit hitter’s weaknesses


  • Proper Technique
  • Balance and footwork
  • Learn how to play all positions


  • Focus
  • Confidence building
  • Mental toughness

posted 04/01/2014

Thanksgiving Camp is right around the corner. Register now to secure your spot!

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