Coaches/Instructors

Stan Switala - Former Pro and OwnerStan Switala – Stan Switala started his professional baseball playing career as a pitcher in the independent minor leagues with the Massachusetts Mad Dogs of the Northern League, where he was managed by George “Boomer” Scott, the slugging first baseman for the American League champion Boston Red Sox in 1967 who was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame. His professional baseball career continued when he was signed by the Amarillo Dillas of the United League, where he was managed by former Kansas City Royal and Marin great, Buddy Biancalana. Switala also signed a professional contract with the Calgary Vipers of the Northern League, but was unable to play out his contract due to an injury.
Prior to professional baseball, Switala accepted a Full Athletic Scholarship to play Division One college baseball at Eastern Michigan University, where he was a starting pitcher for two years. At Eastern Michigan, Switala started 19 of his 27 appearances on the mound for the Eagles. Some of Switala’s wins came against, University of Maine, Bowling Green University, Ohio University and Miami of Ohio University. Switala’s most impressive outing of his career was against Northern Illinois, where he pitched a complete game shutout winning the game 3-0. Switala ranked third on the squad in strikeouts, with a consistant fastball that sat between 90-93 MPH.

Prior to Eastern Michigan, Switala was the #1 Pitcher and starting Short Stop for Farmingdale Junior College that was coached by Hall of Fame Coach Ken Rocco. Switala was selected as one the top recruited junior college pitchers in the Northeast. He was recruited by over 50 Universities throughout the nation and was offered over 25 baseball scholarships to Division One programs throughout the country. Some of the colleges that had offered Switala a scholarship were: University of Delaware, Tulane, Appalachian State, UNC Asheville, Kent State, University of Louisiana-Monroe and Eastern Michigan University. While at Farmingdale College, Switala was selected as the team MVP, on the strength of him leading the team in pitching (1.64 ERA) and in hitting (.333 Batting Average). Switala ended his Junior College Season by being ranked #2 in the entire nation in Strikeouts, and is also currently listed #2 as the all time single season strikeout leader in Farmingdale History. “Stan Switala was one of the most highly recruited players that I had coached in my 35 years as the Head Baseball Coach of Farmingdale College”, says Coach Ken Rocco.

Switala played his high school baseball at St. John the Baptist, located in West Islip, New York, where he was named the “Player to be watched”, by New York Newsday. In Switala’s senior year of High School he was offered full athletic scholarships to play Division One college baseball from Northeastern University and St. Johns University.

Switala’s coaching career, started at the college level as the head assistant baseball coach of Farmingdale University. When Switala moved to California he became the head varsity baseball coach for San Rafael High School for a total of four seasons until stepping down to concentrate more on the, Top Speed Baseball program. Currently, Switala is the head coach and owner of the Top Speed Collegiate Summer team which is regarded as one of the best collegiate summer teams in the nation year after year. Switala’s overall coaching record for Top Speed is 356-90. In Top Speed’s first year in joining a collegiate summer league, he led them to a PWBL Championship title in 2012. In 2013 and 2014, he lead them to a championship game back to back years, but came up short and finished as the Runner-Ups for the league title. In 2015, Switala lead the “Speedos” to a GSCBL league title, along with a national ranking of #6 by CSB. Coach Switala has been selected Coach of The Year in 2012, 2014 and in 2015. In 2016, Switala lead the “Speedos” again to another GSCBL title, where they finished with a nationwide best record of 47-4 overall and finished nationally ranked #4 by Collegiatesummerbaseball.com. On the 2016 team he had 8 graduating college seniors move on to play professional baseball. Currently he has coached 40 former Top Speed players that have signed professional baseball contracts and have or still are playing professionally. Switala was also a Professional Scout for the New York Mets from 2008-2012.

 

 

100B5072-1Steven Knudson  – Steven played at Oklahoma Baptist and finished his career at D2 University of Montevallo.   He, competed at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. during his sophomore season… appeared in 59 games for Oklahoma Baptist, including 52 starts… finished with a .326 batting average to go along with 15 homers and 72 RBIs… finished fourth among all NAIA hitters with his 15 homers and fifth nationally with his 72 RBIs… recorded a .647 slugging percentage and a .434 on-base percentage… was named a second team NAIA All-American selection and a first team All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection following his sophomore season

At the University of Montevallo, he was named a first team All-Peach Belt Conference selection… was also named a second team Rawlings NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region selection… was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week twice during the season… started all 47 games for the Falcons during his junior season… posted a .291 batting average with a team-high 24 home runs and drove in a team-high 59 runs… finished with 10 doubles and one triple… scored 51 runs… recorded a team-high .753 slugging percentage and a .419 on-base percentage… registered a career-high three hits against UNC Pembroke, Tuskegee, North Alabama, Young Harris and North Georgia… drove in a career-best five runs against UNC Pembroke and North Alabama… scored a career-high four runs against North Alabama.

Steven Knudson (1B) started his Top Speed career from 2012 to 2015. He played a total of four seasons with Top Speed, had 200 total games played, finished with a total of 54 Home Runs, career batting average of .285, 37 doubles, 159 RBI’s and 122 Runs Scored. Knudson is still the All-Time single season record holder with 18 Home Runs, which is a record that is going to be hard to beat. Knudson was inducted into the Top Speed Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.  Here is a list of Knudson’s awards during his playing career with Top Speed.

2012 PWBL All Star
Won PWBL All Star Game HR Derby
PWBL First Team All-League 1B
2014 GSCBL All Star
2014 First Team All-League 1B
2015 First Team All-League 1B
2015 Perfect Game Collegiate Summer All-American

 

Arcata 242Michael Crandell – Michael Crandell played for the speedos for 3 seasons. In 3 summers with Top Speed, Crandell hit .315 combined while being the starting catcher.  Crandell is the current head baseball coach for the Napa High Junior Varsity team.  He was also the head coach for the California Bees in their first collegiate summer season in 2016.  Crandell graduated in 2009 from Napa High where in his senior year was awarded all league honors and all county honors putting up a .409 average with 4 home runs.  Crandell moved onto play 2 seasons at Napa Valley College, a season at William Penn and a season at Friends University.  In his 5th year Crandell was hired on as the graduate assistant at Friends University for the nationally ranked Falcons.  Crandell will join the Top Speed Collegiate Coaching Staff this summer and will also be an instructor for the  7-8 year old fall practice team.

 

 

 

 

 

11122Dom Romero – Domenick Romero is an Assistant Coach for the Top Speed Collegiate Summer Baseball team.  Romero was a starting short stop for Top Speed  for three years from 2010-2012.  His College playing career started at Cal Poly (SLO) and then off to Cuesta Community College before finishing at nationally ranked Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.  Romero, won a gold glove at 2nd base his senior year at Friends and also led the team in RBI’s.  He graduated from Friends University with a degree in Health and Nutrition and started his coaching career at Napa High School where he is still currently on staff.  Romero is all the strength and conditioning coach for Napa High School and he was also an Assistant Coach in 2016 for the California Bees, which is a Collegiate Summer team that plays in the GSCBL.  Romero will also be an instructor for the 7-8 year old fall practice team.

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