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Coaching Staff

The California Warriors coaching staff is comprised primarily of former California Warriors players who have played or currently play college baseball. We have a Coach Development Program that ensures our coaches learn subtleties of teaching student athletes about baseball while developing important life skills in leadership and interpersonal communication. Click here to apply to become a California Warriors Coach.

California Warriors Coaches

Elijah Smith is the 2023 California Warriors Director of Baseball Operations. He is a California Warriors alum who graduated from Campolindo HS and played Junior College baseball at Contra Costa College before transferring to Academy of Art University and earning his Bachelors degree in 2019. This is the third year that Coach Smith will be on the California Warriors Coaching Staff. During the school year, he is an Assistant Coach at Academy of Art University. He brings great enthusiasm and experience to the field.

Christian Merriwether is the 2023 Academy Teams Director & California Warriors Area Scout. He has coached for the California Warriors for three seasons. Merriwether is a former California Warrior player who played college baseball at College of Marin and D-II Rogers State University, where he graduated from in 2021. He has a deep knowledge of the game and experience working with youth. In the fall of 2022, Christian played with the Trenton Thunder in the MLB Draft League.

Steven Elsner, a California Warriors alum has coached for the Warriors in past summer and fall seasons. Steve attends and plays baseball at College of Marin and intents to transfer to a 4-year college to continue his academic and baseball pursuits.

Khalid Johnson is a Junior at Fresno Pacific University, where he has played baseball for 2 seasons and is studying kinesiology and exercise science. With years of experience as a hitting and agility/speed coach under his belt, Khalid brings a great deal of coaching expertise to the California Warriors program. His first full summer coaching with the California Warriors was in 2023.

Calvin Louie lives in Daly City and attended Jefferson High School. He will be a 2024 Graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Economics & Policy. Currently, Calvin is a Team Manager for the baseball team at Cal. He played outfield at Skyline College. Calvin says, “I love teaching the game and giving back.” His brother, Tyler Louis, is on the California Warriors 2023 Team. Calvin is an experienced deep sea fisherman.

Tyree Harris is a California Warriors Alum from San Leandro who played baseball at Contra Costa College, where he hit for an impressive .400 AVG. After transferring to Jackson State where he played in the fall, he is currently in the transfer portal as he prepares for the next step in his collegiate career. Tyree is majoring in Sports Psychology and Finance and looks forward to his second summer coaching with the California Warriors.

Yoshi Omi-Jarrett is a California Warriors Alumni. He graduated Tamalpais High School as a scholar athlete and is currently playing baseball at Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut. He is a catcher and is experienced in coaching and working with high school youth. Yoshi states that, “Baseball has given me opportunities and allowed me to meet cool people. Baseball has taught me valuable life lessons.” Yoshi’s goals for the team this summer are to assist his players in improving their skills and teaching student athletes how to WIN!

Emerson Rabow is a 2021 graduate of Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley where he received the highest academic honors. He is currently a junior at Weslyan University in Connecticut where he is studying law and playing outfield for the baseball team. He was just awarded the NESCAC All Academic Team. Rabow was a head counselor at Tam for the baseball camps for the past three years. Emerson is currently doing an Internship with the Marin Public Defenders.

Max Valencia is a former minor league player and Kansas City Royals scout who coached for the California Warriors Collegiate Team in years past. He currently does private pitching instruction where he resides in Southern California, and will be helping coach our teams at the tournaments in Irvine and San Diego.

Jojo Serrano pitched for the California Warriors and currently is an Assistant Coach at Lincoln High School and the Head Coach at Hoover Middle School. Jojo attends City College of San Francisco and is returning to our organization for his second summer as a California Warriors Coach.