Tony Nieto enters his third season as the head coach of Tesoro Baseball. In Nieto’s two seasons at Tesoro, he has guided his teams to 41 wins. The 2022 Tesoro Titans will be remembered as the most accomplished team in the 20-year history of Tesoro Baseball. They rewrote the Tesoro record books in route to a program best 28 - 8 season, two 8-game win streaks, finishing the season with 9 consecutive wins the program's first CIF Southern Section Baseball Championship, Tesoro High School's first ever CIF State Championship, and Cal-Hi Sports State Team of the Year.
In 2022, Coach Nieto earned his 300th win as a coach with an 8-2 win over Culver City in the CIF Playoffs; was named CIF Coach of the Year; and Cal-Hi Sports State Coach of the Year. While at Tesoro, Nieto has coached 4 All-CIF players, a CIF Player of the Year, an All-State Player and 4 of his players have continued to play in college.
Nieto was born and raised in Southern California. He played baseball at Schurr High School in Montebello, California, where he was named to the All-Foothill League team and All-Area infielder his senior year. He then played four years at the University of Southern California and was named team captain his senior year at USC. In his four year career at USC, Nieto started at every position on the field except 2nd Base and Centerfield, until he settled in as a pitcher his senior year. In 1994, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He played 2 seasons in the Reds organization and one in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Nieto has also coached at the college level with Loyola Marymount University (2000 & 2001). At Loyola Marymount, he helped guide the Lions in the 2000 season to a 3rd consecutive West Coast Conference championship. The Lions finished the regular season ranked 10th in the nation, eventually losing in the western regional semi-final to host Cal St. Fullerton.
Nieto has had the honor of having five of his former players play in the major leagues: Anthony Reyes (Pitcher, Cal High Alumni 1999); Bill Traber (Pitcher, LMU Alumni 2000; played with the New York Yankees in 2008); Josh Whitesell (Pitcher/1B, LMU Alumni 2002; played with the Arizona D-Backs and the Washington Nationals in 2009); C.J. Wilson (Pitcher, LMU Alumni 2001); and Joc Pederson (Outfielder, Waimea Waves 2010, currently playing for the San Francisco Giants).
Nieto also coached for five summers in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League. During that span, his teams reached the championship game twice. In 2009, his Waimea Waves team set the league record for the most wins in league history with a 28-12 mark.
Coach Nieto was the head coach at California High School in Whittier, California for 16 years. During his time at California HS, he finished with the most career wins as baseball coach in school history with 265. His teams won 7 league championships and made 13 trips to the CIF playoffs. In 2007 & 2008, the Condors reached the Quarter Finals in consecutive seasons; and in 2014 & 2015, they reached the Semi-Finals in consecutive seasons. In 2012 & 2015, Nieto was named the Daily News Coach of the Year. Throughout Coach Nieto’s tenure at Cal High, he coached 15 All-CIF players, 5 Players of the Year, 11 Pitchers of the Year, and has also saw 54 of his former players go on to play at the college level.
In 2019 & 2020, Coach Nieto was the pitching coach at Capistrano Valley HS. In Nieto’s first season at Capo Valley, he helped guide the team to a South Coast League Championship. His pitching staff had a season ERA of 1.70. During his time at CVHS, Coach Nieto had 4 of his pitchers earn scholarships and a total of 7 pitchers continue on to play at the college level.
Coach Nieto graduated from USC in 1995 with his BA in Communications and has a Masters and teaching credential in Special Education. Nieto resides in Mission Viejo with his wife Veronica (Whittier College '97; USC '16 Ed.D.) and their three sons: Noah, Dylan (Tesoro ‘21), and Aidan (Tesoro ’26).
Varsity Assistant Coach
Jim “Campy” Campanis returns for his third year here at Tesoro as the Varsity Hitting Coach. He comes from a family line of major league players. His Grandpa Al played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and was Jackie Robinson’s roommate in the minors. He later was a Dodgers scout and signed Roberto Clemente and Sandy Koufax. In 1968, he was named General Manager for the Dodgers, won several National League Titles and the 1981 World Series over his 20-year tenure. His Dad, Jim Sr., played for the Dodgers, Royals, and Pirates over his 15-year career.
Coach Campy went to Valencia High School in Placentia. He made Varsity as a Freshman and through graduation, went on to make All-Orange League four times, All-County twice, All West-Regional, and was selected to play on Team USA. He was recruited by a number of colleges for football and baseball and signed to his first choice of schools, the University of Southern California.
At USC, Campy moved from the infield to catcher. He honed his leadership skills and became a team Captain. As a Sophomore and Junior, Campy led USC in Home Runs and RBI’s. His 92 RBI’s in 1988 are still the most in USC Baseball history. He hit .392 and his 23 home runs are second only to Mark McGwire. In 1988, he earned First Team All-Pac-10, Runner-Up Pac-10 MVP, USC MVP, and First Team All-American Catcher. He was selected again to be on Team USA.
In June of 1988, Campy was the #71 pick in the draft as a third-round selection of the Seattle Mariners. His first pro baseball team included Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. Over the next four years, he was awarded All-California League Catcher, Team MVP in the Carolina League, the starting Catcher in the first-ever All-AA All-Star Game, All-Southern League Catcher, and was added to the Mariners Major League Roster in 1992.
Coach Campy wrote a book about his family’s three generations of pro baseball players called “Born Into Baseball”. He currently has hitters and catchers in every level of the game from High School to the Pros.
Campy has been married to his wife Lisa for 30 years and have two adult sons, Alex and Tommy. They reside in Phillips Ranch, CA.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Bryan returns for his third season at his alma mater. This season he will be the Varsity Pitching Coach. He graduated from Tesoro in 2005. In 2004, Coach Evans helped the Titans advance to the CIF
Championship game at Dodger Stadium, losing a heartbreaker in the championship game. In his senior season, Evans lead the team to a league championship and was named All-League. On the mound he lead the team with innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts. He earned a scholarship to play college baseball at UC Davis. Evans is still the all-time leader in wins and innings pitched here at Tesoro.
In 2008, Evans was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 14th round. He played professionally for twelve years with the Marlins, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, and independently in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Coach Evans would like to share his expertise and experiences with the younger generation and provide them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in life and baseball.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Noah returns for his second season at Tesoro. Noah was part of the coaching staff in 2021 but returned to play college baseball in 2022 at East LA College. He graduated from California HS in 2018 where he was a two-year varsity player. In 2020, his season was cut short due to the pandemic. During the shortened season, Noah played outfield, first base, third base and pitched for the Huskies. His 2021 season was canceled in February and afforded him the opportunity to coach at Tesoro.
In 2022, Noah pitched for the Huskies. Once their season finished, he returned to help coach the Titans on their historic playoff run to a CIF & State Championship. While at ELAC, he earned two Associate of Arts degrees. Noah will be attending Cal St. Fullerton in the spring, and working towards his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. His goal is to pursue a career in Real Estate. This season Noah will be working with the outfielders, hitters and coaching first base.
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Coach Smaker has been at Tesoro since 2006 as a speech pathologist. He has coached basketball at Tesoro and is currently part of the Titan’s football coaching staff as well. Coach Smaker is from the Bay Area (Big Fan of the Giants, Niners and Warriors). He played football and basketball at Ygnacio Valley High School and went on to play football at Chico State. From there he headed to Virginia where he received his Masters at James Madison University (home of the Fighting Dukes).
The 2023 season is Coach Smaker’s second year working with Tesoro Baseball, but he has a lifetime love of the sport. Coach Smaker has been married for 23 years to his wife Carrie and has 3 boys; Caden (Tesoro Alum 2018 now at TCU), Chase (Tesoro Alum 2020 now at Virginia Tech), and Curren (9th grader at Tesoro). Coach Smaker is looking forward to the new challenge of coaching high school baseball and cannot wait to see the JV team grow and succeed.
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach
Blake returns to his alma mater and joins the Titans for his second year in the program as the JV Assistant Coach. Blake graduated from Tesoro in 2019. He began coaching in 2016 and has coached several youth league all-star teams and travel ball teams. He has had the privilege of coaching and working with several high school coaches and professional players over the years.
Coach Blake was born and raised in Ladera Ranch, California. He is currently working towards getting his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Cal State Fullerton after attending Saddleback College for 2 years. Coach Blake is incredibly excited to share his knowledge of the game with the players and is looking forward to helping the team have a successful season.
Freshman Head Coach
Moy returns to the Titans for his third year in the program. Coach Moy has done an excellent job guiding and preparing his freshmen to play at the next levels of Tesoro Baseball. He was born and raised in Southern California. He attended La Mirada High School where he was a 2-sport athlete. After graduation he joined the United States Navy where he served 6 ½ years in the elite US Submarine Force. He was Honorably Discharged then attended Cerritos College where he played catcher and was named team captain of the Baseball team. He then transferred to USC where he played baseball for 2 years.
After playing he coached baseball at La Mirada and St Mary’s High School. He has volunteered and coached baseball in the local youth leagues for many years. Coach Moy has twin boys that played and graduated from Tesoro, so he has been connected to Tesoro High School for many years.
Coach Moy graduated from USC in 1993 with a BS in Business Administration.
Freshman Assistant Coach
Tesoro Baseball welcomes Bryce for his first year in the program. Coach Bryce will assist Coach Moy with the freshmen team and be in charge of the pitchers. Bryce is an Atlanta, Georgia native and has always been involved athletically. He grew up a multi-sport athlete playing football, basketball and of course baseball. He thrived in baseball and was then offered to play his senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. From there he was recruited to play Division II Baseball at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia as a pitcher where he then transferred to University of Tennessee, Chattanooga to continue his baseball career. He has now found his way out to Southern California where he is continuing his education to become a mental health counselor and continuing his love for baseball.