Justin Barchus takes the helm as the first ever head coach of the Gresham GreyWolves for the 2016 Season. Barchus was tabbed head coach in an announcement made by team owners Jerry and Lisa Walker on Nov. 9, 2015. Barchus is a native Oregonian who currently resides in West Linn.
His coaching credentials include a stint as head coach for Capital City Select, one of the premier College Prep travel teams in the country, for seven seasons (2008-2014). Under his tenure the team posted an incredible overall record of 206-83-5 (.718) and completed seasons with United States Specialty Sports Association national rankings of 6, 18, 1 and 4, respectively.
Upon his hiring, Barchus said, “Our goal for Gresham baseball will be to build and maintain character, integrity, and community through our actions on and off the baseball field. Volunteerism in the community will be a huge aspect of our program; the ability to build and maintain respect and an understanding of what it means to take action in the community.”
Barchus got his first taste of West Coast League baseball in 2015 as he guided the Klamath Falls Gems, now a member of the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League. Despite a disappointing 12-41 record with the Gems in 2015, the team won the West Coast League’s Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award.
Barchus has experience as a collegiate student-athlete that allows him to connect with college players and understand the recruiting process. He also served as pitching coach at Keizer’s McNary High School from 2009 through 2011. Over his three seasons with the Celtics, McNary compiled a 48-32 record. His tutelage helped decrease the team’s earned run average by nearly one run per game and led the pitching staff to an impressive 2.67 ERA over his three seasons with the Celtics.
Barchus is also a certified trainer and his training and nutrition plan will be a great addition to the program. He is currently at the University of Illinois as a strength and conditioning coach for the football program.
Michael Pena joins the GreyWolves for their inaugural 2016 season from Butte College in Oroville, Calif. With Gresham, Pena will serve as infield coach, hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
An alumnus of Butte College, Pena primarily works with the outfielders and hitters for the Roadrunners. Pena also assists with recruiting and coaches first base during games.
Pena played for Butte College in 2009-2010 under current Roadrunners’ head coach, Anthony Ferro. While starting the majority of his games at short, he also split time between second and third base.
After Butte, Pena moved on to Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. where he played in the infield for the Wildcats. As a junior, he hit .268 with an on-base percentage of .344 on a wildly successful club that wen 37-17 on the year and 24-4 in conference play. Culver-Stockton made an NAIA Super Regional apperance, while, individualy, Pena earned second team all-conference recognition. He improved his average to .281 in 2012 as a senior with an impressive on-base percentage of .425, good for third on the club. During his senior season, Pena was one of just two Wildcats to start all 48 games for the team and the only one to play in every inning of the season. He earned first team all-conference honors.
Professionally, Pena went on to play independent baseball for the Las Vegas Train Robbers and the Vallejo Admirals.
Pena graduated from Culver-Stockton College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management in 2013.