• Winter Camps

  • Dec. 26-28

Meet the Lu Dawg Baseball Camp Staff



Coach Slimak:

Marty Slimak was named the head coach of Kingsmen baseball in 1994. In his 24th year at the helm of the Kingsmen in 2017, Slimak led Cal Lutheran to its first National Championship and a record of 40-11. During his tenure, the Kingsmen have had a winning season every year. The winningest coach in CLU athletics history, Slimak got his 700th win during his 25th season with the team in 2018. The Kingsmen have won four Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) postseason tournament titles, which began in 2013. The Violet and Gold have also won 12 SCIAC championships under Slimak and have 15 NCAA West Regional appearances and six World Series apperances. Slimak has helped the Kingsmen reset the program record books as 26 new records have been posted for season and career combined. The success has continued for MLB draft picks and then awards. Slimak has seen 13 of his players drafted to the Majors. He has coached three Frist Team ABCA All-Americans, four Second Team honoress and seven were named to the Third Team. As head coach, Slimak has seen his Kingsmen win 12 SCIAC Championships. The team won six straight conference crowns from 1996-2001 and earned nine of 10 after joinging the SCIAC. They have also been the runner-up seven times. Against SCIAC competititon, he has an impressive record of 471-146-1. He also led the Kingsmen to 10 straight NCAA West Regional appearances from 1992-2001. In only his third season as the Kingsmen head coach, Slimak piloted CLU to the 1996 NCAA Division III championship game. Slimak's playing days date to the 1970s, when he played for former USC skipper Mike Gillespie at College of the Canyons (COC) in 1972. Following two years at COC, Slimak played two years for Dave Gorrie at UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He attended UTEP on a football scholarship before returning to COC in 1974. He earned his master's degree in public administration from CLU in 1996. Slimak and his wife Donna make their home in Moorpark.





Coach Scherer:

Erik Scherer returns for his 20th season as a member of the Cal Lutheran coaching staff in 2019, serving as the Kingsmen pitching coach. The run to the 2017 National Championship saw strong contributions from the pitching staff, as they once again led the conference in ERA (3.54). SCIAC Newcomer of the Year Miguel Salud led the NCAA with 14 saves, and was named Outstanding Player at the World Series. In addition to Salud, all three members of the starting rotation, Marshall Pautsch, Nate Wehner, and Scott Roberts received all-SCIAC honors as the Kingsmen won their five consecutive regular season championship, and fourth SCIAC tourney title in five years. Pautsch (who led the nation in starts), Wehner (World Series all-tournament team), and Salud (World Series Most Outstanding Player), were also recognized as all-West region nominees. Since 2010, Scherer has coached 22 All-SCIAC selections with Jake Petersen (’14) earning SCIAC Newcomer of the Year and SCIAC Player of the Year in 2013 while becoming the first two-time ABCA First-Team All-America selection at CLU. Aaron Roth (’14) was named the SCIAC Pitcher of the Year in 2013, before tying for the DIII lead in saves (13) in 2014. At the national level, he has coached numerous pitchers to All-West Region honors from both D3baseball.com and the ABCA with several All-America candidates as well. Several of his pitching staffs have led the SCIAC in ERA, least walks allowed and shutouts throughout his career. A 1995 CLU graduate, Scherer was a member of the CLU baseball program from 1992 through 1995. He holds a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University and is a middle school teacher in Thousand Oaks. Erik resides in Valencia with his wife, Nicole. They have five children: Skylar, Tanner, Cole, Tyler, and Camden.









Coach Abushahla:

Ramsey Abushahla was named an assistant coach for Kingsmen baseball in 2018. He played baseball at CLU for four years from 2013-16. Abushahla started 143 games for the Kingsmen. For his career, he played in 157. That is the second-most games ever played in for program history. He is ranked on seven more Cal Lutheran individual top ten lists for a career. He tallied 130 runs, which ranks tied for third. He totaled 185 hits, it is the eighth-most in CLU's history. His 46 doubles are tied for the fourth most, his seven triples are tied for fifth-most and his 138 runs batted in are the fourth-most. He added 289 total bases, tied for fifth-most, and 73 walks, which is the third-most. For a season, he ranks in the top-10 of three lists. He is tied for 10th for doubles with 19, is fifth in RBI's with 54 and is seventh in walks with 31.









Coach Villegas:

Eddie Villegas was hired as an assistant coach for Kingsmen baseball in June of 2018. He will also serve as the catching coach. Villegas as part of the 2017 National Championship team. The first national championship in the program's history. As a junior transer from Los Angeles Harbor College, he earned Second Team All-SCIAC in 2016. He also helped lead the Kingsmen to first-place in the SCIAC, a conference championship a regional bid. He had a batting average of .355 on the year. Villegas played high school baseball at St. John Bosco and went on to play two years at LA Harbor. He then transferred into Cal Lutheran and played his final two years for the Kingsmen. He graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Villegas is originally from Longbeach and now resdies in Thousand Oaks.









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