HEAD COACH - Dan Marple
Marple, a California native, began his coaching career at Cuesta College in 1979. He was an assistant coach at Templeton high school for ten years and most recently coached baseball for the North County Indians, a semi-professional baseball team, from 2012 to 2014.
Prior to a 26 year career with the California Highway Patrol, where he served Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Templeton, Marple’s baseball career began as a player for Huenemee High School where he was named to 1st team All-CIF as a senior in 1971. Later that year, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, but chose to attend Cal Poly on a baseball scholarship instead.
After an MVP sophomore season for the Mustangs, Marple was again drafted by the Orioles organization where he spent three years playing professional baseball; reaching as high as AA with O’s. Upon his release, Marple returned to Cal Poly and completed his degree in Journalism.
In 2016, the San Luis Obispo Blues saw the mid-season departure of Jamie Clark as Head Coach. The organization decided to move quickly in the pursuit of Marple. “Dan has always been high on our list,” said General Manager Adam Stowe. “He’s local and has ample experience in baseball, but most of all he cares about his players. All of those attributes are extremely important to us,” he added. We’re truly honored to have a gentleman of his caliber leading us into the 2017 campaign.”
Marple currently resides in Paso Robles, CA, with his wife, Susan, of twenty-seven years. They have two sons and two daughters. Both sons played collegiate baseball and one went on to play in the Phillies Organization for 6 years in the minor league system.
Ed Gravell’s 54-year baseball career began at Los Alamitos High School (Southern CA) where upon graduation he was drafted in the 14th round as a pitcher by the Kansas City Royals. He played for the San Antonio Missions in the AA Texas League for two years when he decided to make baseball a secondary career. Ed went on to earn a BS in Microbiology from Cal State Long Beach and a MBA in Business Management from UCLA as he embarked on his “primary” career as a healthcare executive. All the while (for 17 years) continuing to play and coach in developmental leagues throughout Southern CA. When his career took him to Chicago, Ed played competitively in the Men’s Senior Baseball League earning an MVP award and setting a single-game RBI record. After trading in his cleats for coaching shoes, Ed has coached at many levels including individual pitching instruction (ages 15-21), U-16 Travel, Cal Poly Club Baseball, North County Indians College Development League, and San Luis Obispo High School.
Now retired, Ed and his wife Kim reside in Nipomo. They have two sons who are both married and living in Southern California. Most recently they’ve welcomed a grandson into the family with another grandchild due in April.
ASSISTANT COACH - Fred Bogart
Fred is originally from Seattle, WA where he attended Queen Anne High School as a standout baseball
and basketball player. He earned All-City and All-Seattle- Metro area baseball team honors for 3 straight years and earned All-State honors his senior year. He was named the MVP of the state all-star game as well.
That led him to a collegiate career at Washington State University where he played as an infielder for the Cougars for four years. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Business administration he signed a professional contract with the Seattle Mariners and played in the California league for two years before retiring.
Since his playing days Fred has coached baseball as an infield and hitting coach at youth, high school and semi-pro levels levels. Most recently he coached for the North County Indians collegiate team from 2012-2014.
When not on a baseball field, Fred is a partner in the local CPA firm of Glenn Burdette.
He lives in Templeton, CA with his lovely wife, Terri. They have 3 adult sons, Casey, Tyler and Scott.