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.” PerfectGame.com
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
Total Bases: 160
Extra Base Hits: 42
Slugging %: .672
At bats: 238
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.
Coach Healdsburg Prune Packers
In the summer of 2019, Max Shupe began working for the Healdsburg Prune Packers, a collegiate summer baseball program in the California Collegiate League (CCL).
Max currently serves on the board of the CCL as a member of the Marketing and All-Star Game Committee
Max ran the Prune Packer internship program, assist with on filed defense, and assist with day to day operations (transportation, meals, field maintenance)
Max helped lead the Prune Packers to a 38-8 record in 2019, finishing ranked 10th in the nation (Collegiate Summer Baseball Register)
In 2019 Max served as a Northwest NTIS task force member for USA baseball. Helping select players from the NW region to compete in Cary, North Carolina.
From 2017 – 2018 Max attended Holy Names University in Oakland, Ca., receiving my MBA in Global Leadership and Management During those two years at HNU Max coached baseball full time for the Hawks responsibilities were infield coach, hitting coach, 3rd base coach, recruiting. Max was also responsible for coordinating the arrival of incoming Graduate Assistants. During 2018 at HNU Max coached Aidan McIntyre, the first student-athlete EVER drafted in any sport out of Holy Names University (22nd round Oakland A’s).
After 2011Max moved to Manhattan, New York for 5 years and worked for a Talent Management Agency.
Max graduated from Sonoma State University in 2011 with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Max coached 1st base for Sonoma State in the 2011 D2 College World Series in Cary, NC.
Max transferred to Sonoma State University in 2010. Started in 47 of 49 games in 2010. While at Sonoma Max hit .351 avg, 16 2B, 14 HR, 49 RBI, .695 slug. %
As a senior earned 2nd team all CCAA honors. Earned newcomer of the year award for the CCAA in 2010.
Max attended and played baseball at Oregon State University in 2009.
Max played for two years at San Jose City College from 2007-08, Received my AA. Earned 1st team All-League honors as a sophomore at San Jose City College.
Max Shupe was Born and raised in Alameda, CA. He Graduated from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland in 2006.
Max's Senior year at Bishop O’Dowd earned San Francisco Chronicle 1st team All-Metro Bay Area.
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