Josh Sorge – Head Coach
Career Highlights / Accomplishments
1991 – Graduated St. Ignatius High School
1991 – 1996 - Ohio University
(’96 BA Education – Communications Comprehensive / ’99 MA Athletic Administration)
1996 – 1999 - Ohio University Assistant Coach
1999 – 2001 - Georgia Tech – Assistant Coach
2000 Summer - Durham Braves
Coastal Plain League, Head Coach
2001 Summer - East Cobb Baseball
Head Coach East Cobb Yellow Jackets
2001 – 2002 - University of Hawaii
Associate Head Coach
2003 – Present - Strongsville High School
Head Baseball Coach
Grant Rose – Assistant Coach
Coach Rose enters his third year coaching the Mustangs and his tenth season overall. During Coach Rose’s first season in 2011, he guided the Strongsville Freshmen team. In 2012, he took that same team to the JV level.
“Coach Rose made an immediate impact on our program when he joined us a few years ago. His enthusiasm and love of the game is second-to-none. Grant’s ability to communicate to our kids is tremendous and he has proven to be a terrific developer of talent. We really try to have strong personalities and great role models on the JV and Frosh coaching staffs. Grant has been awesome at fulfilling those roles and we’re very fortunate to have a guy who is so dedicated to this community and program,” said Josh Sorge, Head Baseball Coach.
In addition, Rose has volunteered as a Special Olympic basketball coach and an advisor for the Polaris special needs program. An avid fundraiser for Autism awareness, his team has raised over $5000 in donations.
Coach Rose’s baseball teams have combined for over 250 wins and won two World Series qualifiers in the last three years. With importance placed on player development and hard work, he is looking forward to coaching the talented Mustang players.
Grant lives in Strongsville with his wife Kelly and two sons Austin (currently a senior pitcher on the Varsity team) and Devin.
Doug Cicerchi – Assistant Coach
Doug Cicerchi enters his 10th season under Coach Sorge on the Mustangs coaching staff this spring. Cicerchi has filled a variety of roles during his tenure, coaching at every level in some point in time. Last season, Cicerchi was on the varsity staff, working primarily with outfielders during Strongsville’s 6th consecutive conference championship season. From 2009-2011, Cicerchi was the Head Junior Varsity coach, the Head Freshman coach in 2008, an assistant on the Junior Varsity from 2006-2007, and an assistant at the Freshman level from 2004-2005. Since the 2004 season, the Mustangs have 7 conference titles, 5 district titles, 1 regional title, and the 2006 Division I state championship.
Cicerchi has worked with various position groups and age levels depending on the needs of the staff in a given year. A social studies teacher at Strongsville High School, Coach Cicerchi places a greater importance on the development of skills at the younger levels over a win-at-all costs mentality. Cicerchi commented, “There’s a running joke amongst the staff that I constantly am moving players around and making substitutions, but at the younger levels I want as many kids to play in as many potentially productive positions as possible. We want them to develop skills at a primary position, but be flexible enough to change positions at the varsity level if necessary. It’s nice to have as much talent as we do.”
“Coach Cicerchi is really the heart and soul of our program. He’s been with us from the beginning and truly understands how to develop talent and character. I’ve been fortunate to be able to utilize Coach Cicerchi in a variety of roles over the years and he’s been instrumental in all of our success. I don’t know what we’d do without him because he epitomizes our program,” said Head Coach Josh Sorge.
At Strongsville, Cicerchi is also an assistant varsity girls basketball coach under Jeff Eicher. He has spent two years on the varsity staff, and is in his sixth year overall with the Lady Mustangs. Before Strongsville, Coach Cicerchi was a student manager at Miami University. As an undergraduate student he was able to learn from mentors Tracy Smith, Dan Simonds, and Scott Googins about how to run a successful baseball organization from preseason to postseason. The behind-the-scenes look at what makes a program succeed, especially related to practice planning, was invaluable experience moving forward. Since graduation, Smith has moved from Miami’s Head Coach to Indiana as their Head Coach, Simonds was promoted to take Smith’s role, and Googins took the Xavier Head Coaching job. “Being able to work with three future college head coaches as a college student prepared me for success at Strongsville,” Cicerchi said. “The group of coaches I’ve had the chance to work with at Strongsville has further enhanced my knowledge of the game and the overall success of the program. We’re all in it together and that’s a big reason why we’ve been so successful.”
Tim Spatz – Assistant Coach
Tim Spatz returns to Strongsville in 2013 after two college coaching stints. Spatz, a history teacher at Columbia High School, was an assistant coach for the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets from 2010 – 2011 where he coach hitters and catchers. From 2007-2008, Spatz was an assistant coach for Cleveland State where he coached outfielders and hitters.
“Tim Spatz is one of the most talented coaches I’ve been around. He can really break the game down at every position but still communicate it to players. I was thrilled when he told me that he wanted to coach at Strongsville again. He has a tremendous amount of experience here in Ohio as well as the Tucson area where he lead a team to an Arizona state championship. We’re incredibly fortunate to get him back,” said Josh Sorge, Strongsville Head Baseball Coach.
Prior to his time at Strongsville, CSU, and BWC, Spatz was the head coach at Columbia High School from 2000-04 and led his team to a pair of conference championships and three runner-up seasons. Spatz also served as head wrestling coach at Columbia from 2001-02 and was named the Mac-8 Coach of the Year. He has been an assistant coach for the Berea Blue Sox summer league team (which consists of players from small colleges throughout the area) for the past nine seasons.
Dan Wiemer – Hitting Coach
Coach Wiemer joined the Strongsville Baseball staff in 2010 and served as the freshman coach. The following year he moved to the varsity staff when he became the program’s hitting coach. During that year, Wiemer oversaw an explosive offense that finished as Regional Runner-Up.
“Coach Wiemer is as good as it gets. As a former college hitting coach myself, I not only appreciate the knowledge of hitting and the swing, but the ability to communicate it to players. Coach Wiemer is second-to-none at both. He has a knack for really getting the most out of our guys and his ideas about practice, mental game, and all aspects of the game are incredible. This guy doesn’t just know hitting, he really knows the game and how to coach” said Josh Sorge, SHS Head Baseball Coach.
Wiemer attended Strongsville High School and graduated in 2000. His junior year he hit .310 and was voted Pioneer Conference Honorable Mention and Team Defensive Player of the Year. In his senior season he hit .490 and was named First Team All-Conference and was also named team MVP and Defensive Player of the Year. Dan was named to two All-Star games, the Greater Cleveland Baseball Coaches Association game as well as the North East Ohio Baseball Coaches Association game, which are voted by the coaches in Northeast Ohio.
Dan began his college career at Cuyahoga Community College. As a freshman he set a record for double plays in a season. In two years of junior college Dan hit .318 and set a record for most at bats in one season.
Following his time at Cuyahoga Community College Dan earned a scholarship to play at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. Dan batted .300 and led his team in doubles in his senior year and was named AMC Conference Honorable mention.
Dan began coaching at Shawnee State while he finished his degree where he was an assistant coach and worked primarily with the infield. Dan coached for the Northeast baseball program out of Massachusetts. He worked with all the teams which included ages 16-1. Dan was the head coach of the 18U team, Northeast Mudhens. He posted a 36-14 record over the summer. The Mudhens played in some major tournaments such as the East Cobb Yankee Classic and Perfect Game World Wood Bat Championships where he saw some of the nation’s elite talent. Dan finished with a 4-1 record in the W.W.B.C. giving up the least amount of runs in his pool. On his team Dan coached six Division I players including two MLB draft picks. His team went on to win the Massachusetts Connie Mack state title outscoring his opponents 62-7.
Coach Wiemer resides in Strongsville with his wife Jessica.
Jason Frederick – Pitching Coach
Coach Frederick has been in charge of Strongsville’s pitching staff since 2008. As an assistant on the varsity staff, he was part of teams that won conference championships (2008-2012), district champions 2009, 2010, and 2011 and Regional Runners-Up in 2011.
“Coach Frederick is one of the finest high school pitching coaches in the country. He’s relentless at trying to obtain more information and becoming a better coach. It’s unreal how hard he works and the evidence is the development of our pitchers. Under his direction, 15 Strongsville pitchers have had the opportunity to continue their careers at the college level, six of which signed NCAA DI Letters of Intent. Secondly, Freddy’s approach to our pitching staff and his instruction each year is so much different than the norm. He’s definitely one-of-a-kind and we’re very fortunate to have him on our staff,” said Head Coach Josh Sorge.
While serving as Head Baseball Coach at Huron High School he finished with an overall record of 35-17 and his team won the schools 2nd and 3rd District Championships (2001, 2002), the 2001 team finished DIII Regional Runner-Up. As a member of the Huron High School Football staff he was part of teams that reached Ohio DIV state playoffs in 2000 and 2001, losing in Regional Finals in 2001. Coach Frederick also served as Huron’s Head JV Football Coach in 2000 and 2001.
As Assistant Volleyball Coach he was part of staff that is 54-18 over the last three years and finished District Runner-up (2010, 2012). He also serves as Frosh Coach with an overall record of 49-9. Coach Frederick’s 2011 Freshmen team finished a perfect season at 20-0.
Currently, Coach Frederick is an Intervention Specialist at Surrarrer Elementary (2002-Present) in Strongsville. He has received the Strongsville City Schools Special Education Advisory Committee Teacher of the Year Award (2004 & 2010). He is married to wife Kelly and has two daughters, Paetyn (2003) and Cora (2008).
2010 Graduate of Marygrove College- Masters in Art of Education
1998 Graduate of Bowling Green State University- B.S. ed Special Education,
1998-2002 Special Education Teacher LD/DH- Huron High School
2002-Present Intervention Specialist- Surrarrer Elementary School- Strongsville
2008-Present Varsity Assistant Baseball Coach (Pitchers)-Strongsville High School
2010-Present Varsity Assistant Volleyball Coach (Frosh HC)- Strongsville High School
2007- Freshman Assistant Baseball Coach- Strongsville High School
2004-2010 7th Grade Head Volleyball Coach- Albion Middle School
2001-2002 Head Baseball Coach- Huron High School
1999-2001 Varsity Assistant Football Coach (JV HC)-Huron High School
1998-2001 Assistant JV Baseball Coach- Huron High School
Al Bokar – Assistant Coach
Coach Bokar enters his third season with the Strongsville Mustang Baseball program. In addition, Bokar has been coaching and instructing youth and travel baseball for 15 years. During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Coach Bokar was responsible for developing players at the Freshman and Junior Varsity level.
“We’re all very fortunate to have Coach Bokar on our staff. Al has a great eye for talent and communicates well with our players. I feel very strong about having great communicators and instructors at our JV and Frosh levels. The coaches on those teams are our front doors to the program. Al has done a great job for us and I know our kids get a ton better by simply being around him,” said Head Coach Josh Sorge.
Coach Bokar is the father of Anthony Bokar (2007), former state champion and catcher for SHS. Anthony graduated from the Ohio State University in 2012 and is currently earning his Master’s Degree in education at Ohio University. Erik, Coach Bokar’s second Mustang ballplayer, graduated in 2010 and was instrumental in two conference titles and two district championships. Erik is currently studying engineering at the Ohio State University.
Mike Giampietro – Assistant Coach
Mike Giampietro joins the Mustang coaching staff for the first time this spring. Originally from Garfield Hts. (Class of 1993), Mike, his wife (Valerie), and their four children (Gina, Alaina, Isabella, and Michael) recently moved to Strongsville in 2011 and are now proud to call it home. Two of his children (Gina-12, Alaina-8) attend Strongsville schools and reside in 6th & 3rd grade classes respectfully at Drake Elementary. Mike is a 1999 graduate of Cleveland State University with a BBA in Finance and now works as a full-time realtor in the area.
For the past 15 years (1999-Present) Mike has been coaching amateur baseball players in the area. He currently is player/manager of a wood bat team called the Lake Erie Buckeyes. This team consists of collegiate, ex-collegiate, and former minor league and independent players from the area. His teams have earned NABF Regional Bids in 2001, 2003,2005,2007,2008, and 2010.
“I’m extremely excited to have a guy of Mike’s character and energy on our staff. I knew immediately upon meeting Mike that he would be a great addition to our baseball family. He comes highly recommended and has been around the game for a long time. He’s a very knowledgeable baseball guy who will no doubt have a significant impact on all our players and their development,” said Josh Sorge, Head Baseball Coach.
Baseball has been and continues to be Mike’s passion. Mike also has coaching experience on the football and soccer fields. He served as head football coach for Garfield Heights Youth Football from 1994-2005 where he coached 3rd- 6th grade tackle football. He also served as head coach for soccer in Garfield Hts. 2010-11. He also currently serves as an assistant in the Strongsville Soccer U9 program coaching his daughter Alaina.
Mike is excited about joining the Strongsville Baseball Program and looks forward to a successful year. He is excited about the opportunity of coaching the Strongsville players and helping them maximize their potential both on and off the field.