meet the coaching staff
George Hinshaw was well aware when he was named head coach of the Cubs this past winter that rebuilding the program into a South Coast Conference contender would require packaging over two decades of baseball experience and knowledge into a coaching mentorship for LA City. Fortunately for the Cubs, experience is not lacking when speaking of George Hinshaw.
Hinshaw, brings over 15 years of professional playing experience to the proverbial Cub plate in addition to numerous stops along the scouting trails of major league baseball. His professional playing career opened with the San Diego Padres organization in 1980 where it grew into five seasons with two “recalls” to the major leagues.
The following years found him learning a new language and culture as he starred with the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Professional Baseball League. However, a series of mounting injuries including many years of winter baseball throughout the Carribean forced Hinshaw to take a three-year hiatus from baseball to “recharge” his baseball batteries and pursue other personal and professional interests including starting his own business in the trucking and transport industry. With his heart still firmly imbedded in baseball, Hinshaw returned to the sport he loves when he traveled to Taiwan and played for the China Times Eagles of the Chinese Professional Baseball League from 1994-to-1997. It was here that he also first tasted “front office” experience as an assistant to the General Manager and a scouting consultant.
His high school coaching career began in 1998 when he became assistant coach at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena. He then joined the staff at Lynwood High School in 1999 and coached at Lynwood through 2003.
Hinshaw, has worked with Major league baseball’s Urban youth academy from its inception in 2005. Former California Angel and now Executive Director of UYA Darrell Miller brought Hinshaw in as a staff member during the early stages of the MLB Academy’s development, George has continued his association and besides other duties is the head coach for the MLB Academy’s summer collegiate baseball team the Barons an entrant in the California Collegiate league ( CCL ) where he continues spreading his baseball knowledge to young players throughout Southern California in addition to his duties as the Cubs head coach. Despite formerly a right fielder and just for measure Hinshaw, is also a certified pitching instructor through the National Pitching Association, ( NPA ) an organization founded by former Major League pitcher Tom House, PhD, who is currently the pitching coach at the University of Southern California.
Coach Hinshaw’s vision for the Cubs future is multifaceted. Besides winning a Conference title, another important element includes connecting the present baseball program with the early years and traditions that witnessed Los Angeles City College produce many outstanding student athletes over the years.
Hinshaw earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix in 2005. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2007 with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. His professional affiliations include the Association of Professional Ballplayers of America, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the California Organization of Police and Sheriffs.
Coach Hinshaw on:
2008 Season - “My vision is to create a developmental and instructional program for LA City. Of course, we are seeking to win ball games, but the ultimate aim is to prepare and move players forward to four-year college baseball and/or the pros. I believe it is possible to also instill the values of good citizenship and sportsmanship as well as improve our players skill levels.”
Pitchers – “Pitching is starting from literal scratch. The arms we had and what was available in terms of recruiting were light. This is where I’ll have to depend on my experience as a Certified Pitching Instructor. We have a lot of inexperience and a couple of pitchers who show potential but have thrown wild in winter ball. Our strength is we have prospects who can throw solid fast balls in the 86-88 mph range. The key is whether we can place them in a position to be successful as they develop their pitching skills.”
Infielders – “We’re inexperienced but talented and eager to learn. We’ll likely have more errors early in the season but that comes with the territory. One of our strengths is our wide range of players. We have enough ability and athleticism to provide good range in all positions. We also have good multiple skill levels so I can mix and match if needed.”
Outfielders – “Our biggest opponent is inexperience. We’ll improve but we’ll get burned early. Cub outfielders have definitely improved their range of coverage so I suspect our outfield defense should be solid from the start.”
Hitting – “This is an unknown. We’re untested against the faster pitchers. I plan to develop our situational hitting over the season. I’ve learned that over given periods of time, more runs can be scored when players are proficient in knowing what types of hits are needed in given situations.”
Freddy Toliver comes to LACC to serve as pitching coach with a resume that includes years of professional baseball experience that also includes international stops and Major League experience with the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Minnesota twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Philadelphia Phillies. After a dominating High school career at one the of inland empire's powerhouse programs of the late 70's San Gorgonio High, Freddy was signed by the infamous New York Yankee scout Bob Nieman and surfaced in the big leagues in 4 years after his high school graduation. In addition to his playing experience coach Tolliver is a Certified as pitching Instructor through The National Pitching Association ( NPA ).
With Coach Tolliver’s addition to LACC's baseball staff, the program's development theme and direction is greatly enhanced. Tolliver’s baseball knowledge, experience and mentoring skills will provide a definite advantage for prospective Los Angeles City College Cub student-athletes.
Mark comes to us with experience as both a player and coach. He spent time at Golden West College, then went on to play 2nd base for the Newport Beach Storm (NBC Summer Independent) where he had an opportunity to play in professional games agains the Long Beach Strikers and Fullerton Flyers. He then played for the Southern California Heat, wher he hit .312 (NBC/Western Baseball Assoc.). Mark has played for dozens of quality independent summer teams, including the California Glory and Norwalk Dodgers. Talmo played four winters (2002, 2005 - 07) in the highly competitive semi pro (Industrial/Commercial, Municipal, and Rural) ligas in Ensanada, Mexico. Talmo also played three seasons for the Los Angeles Capitals, in the Semi Professional League of Baseball (SPLB).
Mark's coaching career started in 2003 at Seabury Hall H.S. (Maui), where he instructed infielders, followed up by coaching and managing the Southern California Heat of the Western Baseball Assoc. NBC Collegiate League. From there, Mark went on to be head coach varsity at Sage Hill H.S. (Newport Beach) 2007, and the next year Varsity Asst./JV Head Coach at Newport Harbor H.S. 2008. Mark has also had the opportunity to assist legendary scout George Genovese with on the Doger Scout team since 2007, learning from one of the greatest scouts of all time. Mark completed his AA Degree at Organe Coast College and will be completing his BA in Liberal Studies/Education from Concordia (Irvine) in 2009. Mark has two daughers, Keely and Alexandra.