Joey Gomes

Head Coach/GM Healdsburg Prune Packers


The 2021 summer season is Joey Gomes’ 8th year as GM/Head Coach. Gomes has guided the Prune Packers to a 219 - 81 overall record. “The Healdsburg Prune Packers have become the dominant program in the North.”


With a passion for player development, Gomes has helped play a small part in a key area of college baseball. “We try our very best to keep it simple. Take care of the player, coach the player, return the player a little better than we got him.”


His philosophy of development first, win second has accumulated in a Nationally recognized team on the collegiate summer circuit. Seeing multiple players return to school and able to make an impact with their program. 


Without the structure and academic responsibilities of a college season, the summer needs to be routine and accountability-based.

In Gomes's eyes, summer baseball should exist as an extension of what collegiate programs have in place. “Players learn a lot about themselves and sometimes find a sense of clarity in the summer. Gym in the AM, early work before BP, play the game.” 


In 2019, the Packers were ranked as high as #6 in the Nation (College Summer Baseball Network). Finishing that year 38-8 CCL Champions, CCL state runner-up to the SB Foresters, and a final National ranking of #10.


Healdsburg located in the heart of Wine Country has a reputation for top-notch food, wine, and now a top-notch college summer baseball team. 

“There’s just something special about a summer in TheBurg.” 


Gomes playing career:

Joey Gomes enjoyed a stellar amateur career.

Being named an HS & D1 All American. 

Casa Grande HS ‘97 & ‘98 SCL Champs

‘97 & ‘98 1st team All SCL

‘97 Area Code selection SF Giants

‘98 TPX All American


College of Marin 

‘99 1st Team All Bay Valley 


Santa Clara University

Gomes ranks in the Top 10, All Time, single-season records in 9 different offensive categories.

Batting Avg: .407

Hits: 97

Doubles: 31

Total Bases: 160

Extra Base Hits: 42

Slugging %: .672

At bats: 238


Pro career:

8th round selection Tampa Bay Rays

10yr minor league career 

-3 stints in Mexico (1 winter & 2 summers)

Career .301 hitter (including Mexico)



Gomes resides in Santa Rosa, Ca. He and his wife (Sara) have twin girls Noa & Harper. 

Max Shupe

Coach Healdsburg Prune Packers


Max Shupe enters 2021 as his third season coaching the Healdsburg Prune Packers, a collegiate summer program in the California Collegiate League (CCL).  In addition to coaching, Max runs the internship program and assists with day-to-day operations.  Max also serves on the CCL Board as a Member of the Marketing and All-Star Game Committee.  He also serves as a Northwest NTIS task force member for USA Baseball.  During the regular season, Max is with St. Mary’s College, an NCAA Division I College in Moraga, CA, where he serves as the Director of Baseball Operations.  


While working on his MBA, Max coached the Hawks baseball team at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.  Responsibilities included: infield, hitting, and 3rd base coaching; recruiting and coordinating the arrival of incoming Graduate Assistants. 


Max has a history with Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, his undergraduate alma mater.  While playing as a Seawolf, he started in 47 of 49 games, hit .351 avg., had 16-2B, 49 RBIs, .695% slugging, and 14 HR.  As a Senior, he earned the 2010 CCAA Newcomer of the Year award and 2nd Team CCAA Honors.  Upon graduating, Max recruited for the Seawolves, managed the baseball facility, ran camps, ran social media, and coached 1st base in the NCAA Division II College World Series in Cary, NC.


Before returning to his passion for baseball, Max worked in the tech industry and lived in New York for several years to work for a talent management agency.


Max holds degrees from various institutions, including an Associate in Arts from San Jose City College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Marketing) from Sonoma State University, and a Master in Business Administration in Global Leadership and Management from Holy Names University.


Max graduated from Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland, CA, and grew up in Alameda, California.

Josh Hammer

Pitching Coach Healdsburg Prune Packers


Josh Hammer joins Packers Baseball as the Pitching Coach for the 2021 season and brings a wealth of coaching and leadership experience to Healdsburg. Hammer was born and raised in Sacramento, CA, and graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 2012. After graduating high school he had his first coaching and training experience at Sacramento Sports Center (SSC) serving as a baseball instructor and coach for two teams including preparation for practices and games and personnel decisions for games. Hammer set throwing programs individually for clients, fine-tuning mechanics, and working on the mental side of pitching. During games, he was responsible for creating lineups, player changes, and coaching decisions.


As a player, he won the team's "Most Inspirational" award in back-to-back seasons and the award now bears his name. Hammer went on to pitch collegiate baseball at NCAA Division II Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. During his time there, he received numerous awards and honors, including perpetual awards in his honor. Named after Josh Hammer, who created the Captain Hawk mascot himself. The Captain Hawk Award is given at the end of the season to the player who best exemplifies hard work, leadership, dedication, academic success, and community involvement. The first recipient of the Captain Hawk Award was none other than Josh Hammer. In addition to his academic, athletic, and leadership achievements, he was honored by the NCAA for his tremendous fundraising efforts for creating and hosting the annual HNU HawkMania professional wrestling event benefiting Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area for five years which raised over $20,000 granting two child’s wishes! 


In Fall 2019, Josh Hammer joined the Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, CA as a physical education teacher and Assistant varsity baseball coach focusing on motivating his players to be present with a maximum focus for every repetition during practices and games. He also runs his own media network outside of his day-day Youtube platform alongside former platinum producer, professor, EDM artist, and filmmaker Tobin Costen. In running the social media network, he emcees live non-profit events, hosts, and manages his own podcast “Learning the Ropes” and web series on Youtube connecting people all throughout California. 


Stay in touch with Coach Hammer on social media.


@CoachJoshHammer on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, and Youtube