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Head Coach: Nate Fernley

Phone Number: (310) 660-3593 x3649



Nate Fernley begins his 10th season as head coach for the Warriors. During his tenure. the Warriors have boasted a .632 winning percentage, posting a 270-157 record. In that span no other South Coast Conference team has had more wins, overall or conference (151).

In Coach Fernley's first year at the helm in 2007, the  Warriors won their first conference championship in 19 years. The Warriors repeated as conference champion in 2010, culminating in an appearance at the State Tournament Final Four for the first time since 1951. Overall, ECC has frequented the playoffs under the leadership of Fernley, making five Regional and two Super Regional appearances.

Fernley has coached over 100 student-athletes who have gone on to four-year programs with several moving on to the professional ranks.

Fernley took over at El Camino College after two years as recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Long Beach City College. Fernley was an integral part of the Vikings' 2006 State Championship team. Under Fernley's direction the pitching staff ranked first in the South Coast Conference both years and fourth and first in California, respectively. 

As a player Fernley played two years at Long Beach City College before transferring to BYU. Fernley was named a consensus All-American for the Cougars and led the NCAA with 16 wins. Post-graduation, Fernley signed with the Cleveland Indians organization. He played for three years in the Indians and Chicago Cubs minor league systems.

Fernley graduated from BYU with a degree in Spanish. He earned his Master's in Sports Science from the United States Sports Academy. Fernley's wife is Dara, and the couple have three children, Hallee, Jake and Baylee.


Assistant Coach: Tony Asaro


Coach Asaro returns to the Warriors for his second stint as an assistant coach. Asaro previously served as an assistant coach from 2010-12, helping the Warriors to a Final Four appearance and two Super Regional berths.

Asaro returns after serving as the volunteer assistant coach and director of operations for the University of Tennessee baseball program from 2012-15.

As a collegiate player, Asaro was part of the 2006 West Coast Conference Championship squad at Pepperdine. He then transferred to UC Irvine, helping the team reach the College World Series in 2007 for the first time in school history. He then helped the Anteaters to a Super Regional appearance at LSU.

Asaro was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 47th round of the 2008 MLB Draft but elected to return to school for his senior season. He played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots during the summer before his senior season, winning the Alaska Baseball League before participating in the NBC World Series.

Prior to his collegiate career, Asaro was selected to the 2003 USA National Team Trials and also played for the American Samoa National Team, participating in the World Baseball Challenge in 2002 in Grand Forks, British Columbia. He was also a four-year varsity letterwinner at West Torrance High School, where he won three Bay League championships and the El Segundo Tournament championship. Asaro was named All-Bay League all four years and All-Area three times.



Assistant Coach: Bob Fernley


“Pops” begins his 10th season as an assistant coach in the Warrior baseball program. As the bench coach, he provides a wealth of knowledge and experience.

He was a fifth round draft choice of the Houston Astros as a second basemen. He was teammates with former Tartars Fred Kendall and Bart Johnson.

A Torrance native, Coach Fernley played at Torrance High School where he was league MVP and an All-CIF performer. Pops resides in Long Beach and has four children: Nate, Emily, Sam and Jeff.


Assistant Coach: Bill Hood


"Hoodie" is in his tenth season as assistant coach. Hood provides the Warriors with a wide array of support including helping workouts run smoothly and providing the pictures for the program.

Hood has been published for many of his nature and astronomical pictures in various magazines, and he is a self defense instructor on campus while still actively competing in athletics.



JonesAssistant Coach: Nick Jones


“Jonesy” is in his eighth year as an assistant coach for the Warriors. Jones served as an assistant coach for the Warriors from 2008-09 again, returning in 2011.

Between coaching stints for the Warriors in 2010, he interned in the front office of the San Francisco Giants. In that role, he assisted in preparing scouting footage and data, helping the Giants to the 2010 World Series Championship.

Jones played for the Warriors in 2006-07 as a middle infielder. He was part of the 2007 conference championship, the team’s first in 19 years before transferring to Loyola Marymount University. 

He played high school ball at West Torrance, where he contributed to multiple league championships and trips to the CIF playoffs.

Jones where he graduated with a degree in Business Management from LMU before earning his Master's in Sports Management at the University of San Francisco. 


VopinekAssistant Coach: Chris Vopinek


Coach Vopinek enters his second year as an assistant coach. He serves as the third-base coach and is responsible for the infielders.

Last season under his direction, the Warriors excelled at the plate, leading the conference in hitting and finishing fourth overall in the state in batting average and eighth in slugging percentage.

During summers he serves as the VP of Baseball Operations and coach for the Long Beach Legends, which has won the OCCL championship in back-to-back years.

Vopinek played for the Warriors as a third basemen from 2010-11. In 2010, he led the conference in hitting percentage (.442), while helping the Warriors to a conference championship and an eventual Final Four appearance. After El Camino College, he transferred to Cal State Dominquez Hills.

Vopinek attended Bellflower High School where he was a multiple year All-League performer, being named Pitcher of the Year and to the Press Telegram’s Dream Team. His success earned him a scholarship to Sacramento State. 




Last Published 12/21/16