Baseball Staff

Abel Alcantar, President/General Manager

The San Francisco Seals organization was founded in 1985 by current President and General Manager Abel Alcantar. Alcantar, a high school baseball coach at the time, was approached by a local scout who suggested that he form a summer team for the San Francisco Public School System. So Alcantar founded the San Francisco Seals 18 & Under team. The following year he founded a 16 & Under team as well. In 1987, Alcantar continued the tradition and formed a team for those over the age of 18. Alcantar owned and funded these teams individually; he received some coaching support, but no financial assistance. All three clubs were maintained until the early 90s when he decided to concentrate his efforts on the 18 & Over collegiate team. These days the Seals are once again expanding into teams from the youth levels all the way to collegiate level. Coach Abel has a well qualified coaching career and has also been fortunate enough to be a professional baseball scout for few MLB clubs.  Some of the places he has had coaching stints at are City College of San Francisco, Skyline College, Laney College, and Cal State Eastbay. The Major League Baseball teams he was an associated scout for was the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets.

Eric Vasquez, Head Baseball Coach

Eric Vasquez, players call him Coach V, has been around baseball for many years.  Starting in the high school setting, teaching and coaching baseball for many years before going into administration.  After 16 years in education, Eric decided to move up to the college level.  Starting his career in Eureka, Illinois at Eureka College overseeing outfielders and hitters.  After one season Eric moved back to California to become the pitching coach at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA.  Overseeing pitching, recruiting and other duties, Eric decided to continue his career at the Division 1 level and became the Director of Baseball Operations at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida.  While not a coaching position he was able to get involved Division 1 baseball.  His next stop was at University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff as the Pitching coach.  Helping lead the golden lions to a SWAC Western Championship.  

After the  season at UAPB, Eric decided to come back to the west coast and become the Director of Baseball Operations at California State University at Northridge.  As the Director Ops, he help the team with team logistics from travel to study halls.  After a year in California Eric was able to get back on the field and become and Assistant Coach overseeing outfielders and hitters at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT.  Eric had an impact immediately, helping lead the Wolverines in winning the WAC Championship and a berth in the LSU Regional.  After two years in Utah, another opportunity arose.  As of fall 2017, Eric has taken over recruiting duties and pitching coach at San Francisco State University.

In the different positions around the country, Eric has learned form great pitching and hitting minds.  As well as coaching in the summer for some prestigous league like the Southern California Collegiate League, Arizona Collegiate League and most recent the Northwoods.  

Eric played collegiate baseball at Fullerton College as a pitcher and than graduated form California State University of Fullerton.  Eric lives in Alameda with his wife Shanna and their five kids Kartsen(Baseball -Sacramento City College) Cooper (Baseball-Encinal HS) Easton (Soccer-Encinal HS) and Peyton and Tessa (Wood MIddle School)

2012 - Eureka College (Outfielders/Hitters)
Summer 2012 - Palm Springs Power (Pitchers)
2013 - College of Desert (Pitchers)
Summer 2013 - Palm Springs Power (Pitchers)
2014 - Jacksonville University (Director Of Baseball Operations)
2014 - University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (Pitching)
Summer 2014 - Arizona Collegiate League (Head Coach)
2015 - Cal State Northridge (Director of Baseball Operations)
2016-2017 - Utah Valley University (Outfielders/Hitters)
Summer 2017 - WIllmar Stingers - Northwoods (Head Coach)
2017/2018 - San Francisco State (Pitchers)

Isias Alcantar, Assistant Baseball Coach

Isias Alcantar, Coach Abel’s son, is a recent graduate of the Univ. of Arkansas – Pine Bluff where he was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a junior. As a senior he helped UAPB win its first Western Division title and was also drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays and played in their minor league system. He was awarded conference player of the year in 2010 as a senior at Analy High School playing in the Sonoma County League. While playing at Laney College in his sophomore season he was awarded conference player of the year in 2012 and helped his team to a Bay Valley Conference title. He spent 2016 as a first year assistant coach at Cañada College. He now is an Assistant Baseball Coach at Holy Names University while he pursues a Master’s in Business Administration.

Todd Surdez, Assistant Baseball Coach

Todd Surdez, played with the Seals for 3 summers during his college tenure and has helped coach the Seals Collegiate Team since 2013. He was an 3-time All League player at Northgate High School and graduated in 2006. He played his college ball at Laney College and graduated with his AA in 2009, Oklahoma Panhandle State where he was an All Heartland Conference player in 2010, and finished at Waldorf University in 2011. His coaching career started as a Student Assistant Coach at Waldorf in 2012. He then became a Graduate Assistant at CSU East Bay until 2015 where he graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration with Honors. In 2016 he became an Assistant Coach at Cañada College and is currently still on the Colts coaching staff.

Joe Kuschell, Pitching Coach

Current Position: pitching coach for Ohio Christian University

Grad Assistant at UOP (1972), Oregon (Fall 1976), Utah (1977-78)
Summer of 1977, started first ever U of Utah Summer team, won the state championship in Utah
Summer collegiate baseball in Bay Area (1978 to 1986) Organized the team and coached it as well
Youth baseball ,6-9 year olds, Gilroy, CA (1987-88)
American Legion Baseball, Anderson, CA (1991 to 1993)
Junior High softball, CVI Middle School, 1997-98, won the league title in 1997
High school softball coach, Liberty Christian HS, Redding, CA, 2000-2001, won league and went
to playoffs and lost to #1 small school team in state 2-1 in 9 innings, coached pitchers
U-16 Travel Softball, Summer 1999 and 2000
Started the North State HS Softball All Star Game in 2000. A north state game featuring HS seniors.
The game was held as a fund raiser for the Make A Wish Foundation.
Foothill HS, Palo Cedro,CA (Redding) started coaching outfielders and pitchers at FHS in 2007. I
helped at FHS through the 2016 season. We had three league titles, two section titles and in 2012
went 30-2 and wound up being ranked as the #30 team in the final CA HS Baseball Poll.
Simpson College, Redding , CA, Fall 2008 helped with the pitchers and outfielders. Fall 2012 and
Spring 2013 helped with the pitchers. Simpson was an NAIA Christian college.
Summers 2011-2013, spent a week at Dr Tom House’s pitching camps down at USC in LA
Fall 2014, Spent four days with Eric Cressey of Cressey performance in MA. Also, worked
with his pitching coach, Matt Blake, for 2 days. I followed up that visit by going down to
CT and spending a couple of days working with Phil Rosengren of BetterPitching.com. A
solid contemporary pitching instructor.
Spring 2016, Spent four days in Nashville, TN working with Lantz Wheeler of the The Baseball
Think Tank. Worked on mechanics ( movement and feel ) and velocity enhancement.
October 2016, Gave pitching clinic to Irish National Baseball Team, Dublin, Ireland
Northlands Community and Technical College, (JC), Thief River Falls, MN, Pitching Coach (Spring 2017)
Genesee Rapids, Houghton, NY, Summer 2017, pitching coach. The team was affiliated with the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes and was a member of the NYCBL. We finished 3rd in the Western Division. Won a
playoff game with the 2nd place team to advance to the Western Division finals. We took the series to
the third and final game before losing to the eventual overall league winner.
December 2017, will attend a coach’s seminar on pitching at Ron Wolforth’s, Texas Baseball Ranch

Kevin Aronis, Basketball Camp Director

In his first season with the Aggies, Aronis appeared in all 35 games in 2012-13. In his Senior Season 2013- 2014 he helped the Aggies reach the NCAA tournament losing in the second round to the number 6 team in the country San Diego State in overtime. Aronis hit a game tying 3-point shot as the time expired to send the game into overtime. He was a long range threat off the bench for the Crimson and White and hit multiple 3-pointers in nine games. Aronis shot 36 percent from the field (36-of-100) and 34.4 percent from the 3-point line (31-of-90) as a junior. He scored in double-figures three times. Aronis scored a career-high 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the 79-57 win over Louisiana (Nov. 23). He matched his career high of 12 points in his first rivalry game inside the Pan American Center versus No. 16/17 New Mexico (Dec. 19). In the 68-63 loss, Aronis connected on 4-of-5 3-pointers in just nine minutes of action. Aronis helped the Aggies to a split in the series with I-10 rival UTEP after he scored 11 points, all in the second half, in the 55-51 win in Las Cruces (Feb. 23). He was 4-for-6 from the field including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Aronis was named to the Academic All-WAC Freshman/Transfer list.

Aronis joined the Aggies after spending two years at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, Calif. He was a first team All-Big 8 selection, after he averaged 12.3 points per game and posted a 40.1 3-point field goal percentage (99-of-247). Aronis led the Bear Cubs to a 26-6 overall record and 14-1 conference record in 2011-12. He guided Santa Rosa to the California State Tournament Quarterfinals but fell to Yuba, 73-70. As a freshman, Aronis helped the Cubs to a 21-9 record and the third round of the state playoffs. Aronis played for head coach Craig McMillan, a former Lute Olson player at Arizona.

Aronis was a two-year letter winner at Analy High School in Sebastopol, Calif. As a senior, Aronis led the Tigers to a 29-3 record and a Sonoma County League Championship. He earned both first team all-league and all-empire honors. In his junior campaign, Aronis guided Analy to a 27-7 record and section title en route to all-league accolades.