Rick Marino

Rick Marino enters his 10th year as Assistant Coach for the Los Angeles Valley College Monarchs with 22 years of coaching experience at both the High School and Collegiate levels.  He now enters his 2nd year as an associate coach/pitching coach for the Ventura County Pirates.  Rick also served time as an Associate Scout with the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Rick was born and raised in Glendale California. He attended Glendale High School where he competed on the Varsity Baseball team and the Glendale Community College Baseball team where he was part of the WSC Championship team in 1980. Rick is a graduate of Glendale High School class of 1977.  He earned his AA degree from Glendale Community College in 1999 and his BS in Kinesiology from the University of La Verne in 2001.

Coaching Experience:

 

Valley Community College: Associate Pitching Coach/Bullpen Coach (2008 to present)

Glendale Community College: Head Pitching Coach (2003-2008)

John Burroughs High School:  Assistant Varsity Coach and Pitching Coach (1996-2003)

Playing Experience:

Glendale Community College: (1978-1980)

Glendale High School: (1975-1977)

 

Rick resides in Burbank California with his daughter Nicole (27).

 

Rick is an avid Kings fan and a long time season ticket holder for 30 yrs with the LA Kings.

Steve Vranau

Steve graduated from Royal High School in 2005, and went on to play at Los Angels Valley College, CSU Dominguez Hills (DII) and the Master's College (NAIA). When playing at CSU Dominguez Hills, one of Steve;s teammates was Kevin Pillar who currently plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. While at The Master's College, he led his team to the GSAC Regional Tournament, hitting .330 with 10 HR. After college, Steve signed with the Las Cruces Vaqueros of the Pecos Independent League in 2011, where he played 3B/1B with a batting average of .323, 9 doubles, 3 HR, 20 RBI in 41 games before being traded to the Brockton Rox in the Can-Am League. His manager with the Rox was ex-MLB player Bill Buckner. After a short stint with Brockton, Steve was traded to the Fort Worth Cats in the American Association. In 2012, Steve was signed by and played for the Freedom Pro Baseball League Champions, Copper State Prospectors. In 41 games he hit .250 with 4 doubles, 6 HRs, and 29 RBI. Two of Steve's teammates on the Prospectors was former MLB pitcher Brad Thompson and Randy Flores, both members of the 2006 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. In 2013, Steve returned to the Masters College to serve as an assistant coach for the same head coach he played for, Monte Brooks.That season The Master's College advanced to the NAIA College World Series. Steve has since continued to share his baseball knowledge while successfully coaching with the Ventura County Pirates Baseball Club. In 2016, Steven was married to his wife Jenessa and both continue to reside in Simi Valley.

Dylan Goldsack

The VC Pirates announced the addition of intern Dylan Goldsack to the front office as Baseball Operations Manager. Goldsack played for the Pirates in 2014 and 2015 before transferring to Montana State University at Billings from Los Angeles Mission College.

Originally from Burbank, CA, Dylan is currently completing his BA Degree in Business Management from MSUB with the goal of attending graduate school for a Masters Degree in Sports Management. “It was apparent his drive and ability were such that we had to find a spot for him within our organization,” said Vranau. Dylan Goldsack currently oversees all aspects of game day operations for all home games, as well as, Pirates social media and website presence.

 

Dylan’s accomplishments include being named an academic all-conference selection in 2016 and a member of MSUB’s back-to-back GNAC regular-season championship title teams. Additionally, in 2015 he was a Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society member. And while at Mission College in 2014, he led the team in innings pitched with 79…posted an ERA of 3.76 with 32 strikeouts against 19 walks…started nine games earning a record of 6-3…also recorded two saves in 18 total appearances…and tossed two complete games. Dylan attended John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA and lettered four years for the Indians as a pitcher and was named second team all-league in his senior season.

Brian Mellblom

The Ventura County Baseball Club is excited to announce the hiring of Brian Mellblom as the Pirates new Public Address Announcer for all home games in 2017.

Most recently, Mellblom served as a substitute announcer for LA Valley College Baseball, as well as, basketball and softball. Additionally, he had the honor of announcing the 2017 LA Kings College Cup Final at Staples Center.

Brian grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and learned to love baseball from watching countless Atlanta Braves games on TV with his grandparents. He attended his first ballgame in 1994, in what was the second season for the Colorado Rockies. After that, he was officially hooked on baseball. Additionally, he came away with a deep appreciation for the Public Address Announcer as a vital element to a sporting event.

In addition to his duties as PA Announcer at all Pirates home games this upcoming summer, Brian’s role may even include calling some games on live webcasts as the team plans to expand into that realm this summer.  

In high school, Brian worked for a roller hockey facility as a scorekeeper, working the scoreboard and playing CDs during breaks in the action. On one fateful night in 2001, someone at the rink had left a microphone inside the score booth, and Brian took it upon himself to announce the goals, assists, and penalties like the announcers he heard at the many Anaheim Ducks games he attended since moving to Orange County. “It was just a perfect accident,” Mellblom said. “Nobody at the rink asked me to announce the games that night, but more importantly, nobody told me to stop.”

While attending Cal State Northridge and studying the music industry, Brian revived the previously inactive Matador Pep Band for basketball home games, and began announcing the CSUN Ice Hockey club's home games - a role he's held since 2008. Along the way, he also became the PA announcer for UCLA Ice Hockey, and worked the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association's 2015 National Championship.

When he's not announcing sports, Brian spends his time producing podcasts, performing music on various instruments, and giving ukulele lessons.

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