Head Coach Michael Lopez takes the helm for the Hawks for the 2019-2020 season after three years as assistant coach under previous head coach, Rob Martinez.
During his time at Howard College, Lopez worked primarily with the pitchers and served as the recruiting coordinator. While at Howard, he has had over 40 players sign with Division I schools, three players sign contracts with professional teams and three players selected as NJCAA All-Americans.
Lopez originally came to Howard College after a one-year stint with a brand new NAIA program, Marymount California University (MCU). During his one year at MCU, Lopez was named the associate head coach and helped with the day-to-day recruiting.
In the first year of the program Lopez helped the Mariners win their first CAL PAC Conference Championship and reach the 2016 West Grouping Championship. Lopez had three players selected to the 2016 All-California Pacific Conference Team, while also coaching the CAL PAC conference player of the year, and the CAL PAC Freshman of the year.
Prior to coaching at Marymount California University, Lopez was the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons at the University of Arizona under head coach Andy Lopez. Lopez assisted with the pitchers during practices and helped run the bullpen during games. Off the field, his job consisted of preparing scouting reports on opposing teams, directing Andy Lopez Baseball Camp, and assisting with recruiting.
Lopez’s collegiate career in baseball includes four years (2009-2012) at the University of Arizona. Lopez was named captain of the 2012 team which won the NCAA National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska.
Lopez graduated from The University of Arizona in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in family studies.
Coach Lopez can be reached at 432-264-5041 or email@example.com
Eddie Paparella comes to the Hawks in his first year as assistant coach under Mike Lopez. Paparella previously played for the Hawks and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Alabama. He is currently completing his master’s degree in Sport Management at the University of South Alabama.
As a junior in 2017, Paparella batted .268 with six doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 34 RBIs, 24 runs scored, a .504 slugging percentage and three stolen bases over 120 at-bats. He hit safely in 22 of 46 contests, tying a school record, and set a career high in RBIs (9), and also recorded career highs in hits (5) and runs scored (4) against Eastern Illinois on February 18. He finished 5-for-6 with a triple and a home run in that contest. Throughout the season he had several high production games and delivered a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning against Georgia Southern on May 28th in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship game.
Paparella was also successful at the plate while playing for the Hawks as a sophomore in 2015. As a sophomore, he hit .309 with 12 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 39 RBIs, 45 runs scored and five stolen bases in 54 games as a sophomore. As a freshman he batted .333 with three doubles, two triples, 22 RBIs, 23 runs scored and five stolen bases in 23 games played. Paparella was ranked No. 1 in the nation through his first 25 games of the season in 2014, and led the country in batting average, runs scored and RBI. His strong bat helped the Hawks capture back-to-back Western Junior College Athletic Conference regular season titles.
Assistant Coach Cody Semler joins Howard College in his first year with the Hawks and will take over the recruiting duties while working with infielders, outfielders, catchers, and hitters.
Coach Semler comes to Howard College from Oklahoma State University. Semler was the graduate assistant coach at OSU from 2016-2019. During his time at OSU, Semler put together an extensive resume, which includes: 2 Big 12 Conference Championships, 3 NCAA Regionals, and 1 Super Regional. Semler helped develop a multitude of pitchers and infielders that were eventually drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
Over the last two summers Semler coached and recruited for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League. In Semler’s first year with Chatham, the Anglers went on to win the Eastern Division Championship. That 2018 team produced 29 MLB draft picks, with 3 of those players taken in the 1st round.
In his second year with Chatham, the Anglers finished with the best record in the Eastern Division. Almost the entire 2019 Anglers roster will go on to be drafted in the 2020 MLB draft.
In 2011 Semler was drafted by the San Diego Padres but chose to attend Weatherford College instead. Following junior college Semler played at West Virginia University and Angelo State University. Following his senior year at ASU, Semler played 1 season for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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