Baseball Coaching Staff
Dino Nomicos (Professor and Head Baseball Coach)Kinesiology/Athletics/Dance - Baseball Skyline
Head Coach Dino Nomicos begins his 16th season at the helm of the Trojan baseball program. In his tenure, Coach Nomicos has changed the face of Skyline baseball forever. Coach Nomicos led the Trojans to their first Coast Conference Championship (2004) since 1979, four second place finishes (2008, 2007, 2006, 2002), and five state playoff berths (2004 Super Regional, 2007 Regional, 2008 Regional, 2009 Regional, 2010 Regional). Overall, Coach Nomicos has accumulated a record of 312-287 (.520), making him the all-time winningest baseball coach in school history and second in wins all-time at Skyline College. In 2014, Coach Nomicos was named Victory Coach of the Year for the State of California. Additionally, Coach Nomicos has twice been named Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2007.
Throughout his 16 seasons at Skyline, Coach Nomicos has produced 16 different All-Americans including two-time All Americans Jimmy Parque and Greg Gonzalez. Additionally, under Coach Nomicos’ guidance, 12 players have been named All-Northern California and 105 players have been named to the All-Conference team. Professional baseball has benefited from Coach Nomicos’ tenure at the helm of Trojan baseball as well. Over 20 different players have signed professional contracts under Coach Nomicos’ guidance including Anthony Granato (Chicago Cubs), Greg Gonzalez (San Diego Padres), Justin Christian (New York Yankees), Will Vogl (New York Mets), Dan Hernandez (New York Mets), Rashad Taylor (Philadelphia Phillies), Jimmy Parque (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jermy Acey (Toronto Blue Jays), Julian Merryweather (Cleveland Indians), Matt Page (Washington Nationals) and Grant Nelson (Arizona Diamondbacks).
In the classroom the Trojan baseball program has benefited from the guidance of Coach Nomicos as well. On campus, Coach Nomicos serves as the academic advisor for all student-athletes. Coach Nomicos has graduated 95% of his student athletes to four year universities, with 80% of them receiving baseball scholarships to top universities throughout the country. Throughout his coaching career, Coach Nomicos has sent players to the University of Nebraska, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, University of Texas, Fresno State, Oklahoma State, St. John’s University, University of San Francisco, San Jose Sate, Sacramento State, Lamar University, Lee University, Cumberland and Sonoma State University.
The Skyline sports complex have also felt the presence of Coach Nomicos, as he helped guide the college administrators in building a new state of the art baseball complex in 2005. The complex has a state of the art Field Turf playing surface, 750 bleacher seats, 150 sit-down seats donated by the San Francisco Giants, a spectacular press box with a coach’s office and concession stand, a three cage turf batting cage, new bathrooms, a picnic area, a media room and a state of the art locker room at the baseball complex.
From 1990-1996, Coach Nomicos served as the Associate Head Coach to head coach Mike Garcia at Canada College. In his seven seasons at Canada College, Coach Nomicos served as the third base coach and recruiting coordinator, guiding the Colts to seven straight playoff berths including two Coast Conference Championships. Additionally while at Canada, Coach Nomicos helped graduate 90% of the baseball players to four year universities.
Coach Nomicos’ coaching career started at the University of San Francisco where he was the third base coach, recruiting coordinator and academic advisor for the athletes from 1984-1990. In his tenure with the Dons, Coach Nomicos helped graduate 100% of his athletes with four-year degrees, while additionally producing 12 professional baseball players.
A 1980 graduate from St. Ignatius High School in San Francisco, Coach Nomicos was a stand-out three sport athlete where he played baseball, basketball and ran track and field. Coach Nomicos was a High School All-American outfielder in 1979, while earning All-WCAL honors in 1979 and 1980. In 1980, Coach Nomicos was the 100 yard dash champion, while finishing third in CCS and fifth in the State of California.
Coach Nomicos Collegiate career began at Canada College where he played centerfield, was team captain and earned All-Conference honors under longtime coach Lyman Ashley. Coach Nomicos then transferred to the University of San Francisco where again he played started in centerfield, acted as team captain and earned All-Conference honors. Coach Nomicos finished his playing career in Montreal, Canada, where he played two years of independent professional baseball.
In 1984, Coach Nomicos graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. In 1990, Coach Nomicos furthered his education, graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s degree in Educational Administration.
Assistant Coach -Tony Brunicardi
Entering his 4th season at Skyline College, Associate Head Coach Tony Brunicardi serves as the Trojan’s pitching coach, recruiting coordinator as well as working with the athletes in the weight room. In his three seasons with the Trojans, Coach Brunicardi has helped improve the pitching staff’s cumulative ERA in each season.
A 2003 graduate of Burlingame High School, Coach Brunicardi still holds the school’s record for career wins (24). Coach Brunicardi was a standout three-sport athlete earning All-County honors in baseball, basketball and football. Coach Brunicardi was named the 2002 County Pitcher of the Year and in 2003 was named to the All-County team along with being named the PAL Pitcher of the Year. Following graduation Brunicardi pitched for two seasons at Skyline from 2005-2006, accumulating a 3.91 ERA while earning four wins and four saves. In 2007, Brunicardi transferred to Sacramento State where his playing career finished following a career ending injury.
Coach Brunicardi started his coaching career as the head coach of the Millbrae-Burlingame Joe DiMaggio team, leading the team to 50 wins in his two seasons including 2nd and 4th place finishes in California. During his two seasons at the helm, Coach Brunicardi helped develop the skills of multiple players including Tony Renda (UC Berkeley-Washington Nationals) and Dan McCarthy (Skyline-Sacramento State).
From 2008-2010, Coach Brunicardi served as the bullpen coach for Sacramento State, where he coached the pitchers and was active in the program’s recruiting. Additionally, Coach Brunicardi served as the head coach of the El Dorado Hill Vipers Connie Mack team during the summers from 2008-2010. Under Coach Brunicardi’s guidance the Vipers made two Connie Mack Super Regionals and one Connie Mack Regional appearance. During his tenure with the Vipers, Coach Brunicardi’s main goal was to prepare his players for their transition to college baseball. Some players included Kyle Porter (UC Berkeley), Andrew Knapp (UC Berkeley), Rhys Hoskins (Sacramento State), Will Soto (Sacramento State), and Nate Esposito (Oregon State).
In 2010, Coach Brunicardi took his first job as a pitching coach at Yuba College. Under Coach Brunicardi the Yuba staff posted a 3.43 cumulative ERA. Under Brunicardi’s guidance Matt Vedo earned 1st team All-Conference honors and a scholarship to UC Santa Barbara. Additionally while at Yuba College, Coach Brunicardi served as the recruiting coordinator and helped with academic counseling.
In 2011, Coach Brunicardi served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Cosumnes River College, with the team advancing to the Super Regional playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Coach Brunicardi received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University of Sacramento in 2008. Additionally, Coach Brunicardi received a Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology from St. Mary’s College of California in 2013. On campus, Coach Brunicardi is in charge of the Kinesiology, Athletics, and Dance department’s PEEP testing program.
Assistant Coach - Greg Gonzalez
Greg Gonzalez joins the Trojan coaching staff for his 1st season. Coach Gonzalez brings a wealth of knowledge, working with the pitchers and hitters, as well as working with the players in the weight room to improve their strength and conditioning.
A 2006 graduate of Capuchino High School, Greg was a standout three-year varsity starter. In 2007 Greg started his collegiate career at Skyline where he was dominant, winning 22 games, twice leading the state in strikeouts and earning All-American honors twice. In 2010, Greg transferred to Fresno State where his dominance continued. In his two seasons with the Bulldogs, Greg accumulated a 19-3 record, twice earning All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) honors, while additionally throwing a no-hitter against the University of Hawaii in 2010. The 2011 season saw Greg earn Pitcher of the Year honors in the WAC, while additionally being named All-American by Baseball America. Greg finished his collegiate career with over 500 career strikeouts.
Following the 2011 collegiate season, Greg’s professional career began when the San Diego Padres drafted him in the 15th round of the 1st year Major League Baseball draft. In three seasons with Padres Greg served a variety of roles accumulating a career 3.71 ERA and averaging over a strikeout an inning throughout his career. Unfortunately in the 2013 season Greg suffered a shoulder injury requiring surgery.
In 2011, Greg graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Currently, Greg is attending St. Mary’s College of California where he is earning a Masters of Arts degree in Kinesiology.
Assistant Coach - Geoff Downing
Joining the Trojan coaching staff this year is Geoff Downing. Coach Downing’s responsibilities include working with the infielders and hitters on a daily basis and coaching the athletes in the weight room to improve strength and conditioning.
Geoff graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 2005 before starting his collegiate career at City College of San Francisco in 2006. In 2007, Geoff transferred to Skyline College where his career took off. Geoff was named All-Conference that year while also earning the teams Carl Vallero Award. In 2008, Geoff transferred to New Mexico State where his career was unfortunately cut short in his senior season due a career ending surgery.
From the 2011-2013 seasons, Coach Downing served as the Associate Head Coach for Half Moon Bay High School. Coach Downing worked with the infielders and served as the programs hitting instructor. Under Coach Downing’s guidance many players earned All-Conference honors including Alex Jenkins (1st team All-Conference), Cole Watts (2nd team All-Conference), Chet Silveria (2nd team All-Conference) and Brett Berghammer (1st team All-County).
Coach Downing earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies in 2010 from New Mexico State University. Additionally, Coach Downing is a licensed EMT and is currently attending paramedic school.
Assistant Coach - Ryan Quirk
Ryan Quirk joins the Trojan coaching staff for his 1st season for the 2015 season. Coach Quirk is the outfielders coach as well as being active in recruiting. Additionally, Coach Quirk works with the athletes in the weight room to improve their strength and conditioning.
A 2008 Woodside High School graduate, Coach Quirk was an All-League outfielder in high school. In 2009, Coach Quirk came to Skyline where he was converted into a relief pitcher. Coach Quirk pitched two seasons for the Trojans before transferring to Division I. In 2011, Coach Quirk transferred to Southeast Missouri State, where he finished his career pitching his junior and senior seasons.
Coach Quirk started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri Sate for one season before joining the Skyline coaching staff. Coach Quirk graduated from Southeast Missouri State with a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts in 2013. Currently, Coach Quirk is scheduled to graduate from Missouri Baptist University with a Masters degree in Fitness Management in the summer of 2015.
Assistant Coach - Dan Molieri
1st year coach, Dan Molieri joins the Trojan coaching staff for the 2015 season. Coach Molieri will serve as the bullpen coach, 1st base coach and is heavily involved in recruiting.
A former Trojan player, Coach Molieri graduated from Sonora High School in 2010 where he was a standout baseball and football player. Coach Molieri earned All-State honors in football for the 2009 season. In 2011, Coach Molieri came to Skyline where his collegiate baseball career began. The 2012 season saw Coach Molieri set the state single season record for appearances by a pitcher (26), while also earning All-Conference honors. Additionally, Coach Molieri was the only player to be named the Carl Vallero Award winner and team MVP. Not only was Coach Molieri used extensively, he also had a lot of success on the mound accumulating a 3.71 ERA during the 2012 season. Coach Molieri then transferred to California State University of Stanislaus in the 2013 season where he finished his career pitching his junior and senior seasons.
In 2014, Coach Molieri graduated from California State of Stanislaus with a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Additionally, Coach Molieri is continuing his education, as in 2015 he started his pursuit of a Masters degree in Kinesiology from St. Mary’s College of California.