Former SJSU star Ryan Shopshire in terrible accident

Written by Blaine Clemmens on .

As the college season is about to get underway, today I bring you some tough news about a former great college pitcher from SJSU, Ryan Shopshire.  I got a call today from SJSU asst coach Jeff Pritchard, who I consider a friend, outside of our involvement in baseball.  He is aware of this blog and as he and his team/staff have been considering ways to get this message out, he thought of me as a way to help.  I am happy to be able to pass along the following information because it can only help a young man and his family in a very tough spot.  No doubt Ryan is humble and competitive and he likely would feel a little embarrassed that others are going to bat for him like this.  That being said, Pritch went to bat for him by contacting me and now I will do what I can to get the information out to anyone who reads this (make sure you read the release from the hospital)... feel free to do the same.



Here is the email that was sent to me by Ryan and his girlfriend...I really appreciate your help.  Ryan was the 2009 WAC Pitcher of the Year, All WAC, etc. He is an outstanding teammate and always thought of his teammates first before himself, in every situation.  He is an unbelievable representative of not only Spartan baseball, but college baseball in general. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: danielle miller
Date: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 7:46 PM
Subject: Ryan Shopshire
To: Jeffrey Pritchard

Hey Pritch,

Below is a write up of what happened in the accident. When the accident occurred, Ryan's church created a non-profit for any donations. This rocks because people are able to give a tax-deductible donation with a receipt mailed to them at the end of the year. The money he has received thus far has gone solely towards therapy.....but my hope is to raise more money so he can continue to go to rehab. I truly appreciate all your help in organizing something for Ryan.

With Baseball (according to doctors it is out of the question at the competitive level he played) Ryan is looking to go back to school to further his education. Baseball has always provided Ryan with an outlet, ability to go to school with a full tuition, and fulfill a childhood dream. With the blow to his right arm...furthering his education in a master's program seems to be the next goal in Ryan's new path without ball.

Again I thank you so much for all your support and help. Call me anytime. I would love to help in anyway possible!--- Attached is a pitch from the hospital.


Nor-Cal All-Sports Clinic, Jan 27-29

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Information about an upcoming clinic, sent to me by John Goulding of James Logan HS...


Coaches, just a reminder about the upcoming quality clinics in the bay area Jan. 27-29. The Nor-cal All-Sports clinic in Burlingame at the Hyatt Regency the 27th and 28th. This has great speakers in all sports. Baseball has Bill Hutton (Mitty), Greg Moore and Nino Giarantano (USF pitchng and head coach), Bob Morgan (NCAA coaches Hall of Fame), Nate Trosky, and Jim Cleveland.

Sunday the 29th the California Baseball Coaches Association will be having their clinic at James Logan. This is a change from Mitty, due to a scheduling conflict at Mitty - 7:30-2:30. The new Santa Clara staff will be the main speakers at this one. Only 40$ gets you the clinic, food, and membership to the CBCA so you can nominate your players to the North-South tryout and be a part of your coaches association.

Hope to see you all - John Goulding

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Santa Clara recruiting class

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Finally we have a list of the Santa Clara recruiting class that will come to school in the fall of 2012.  I was driving yesterday when I got the following email from Assistant Coach Gabe Ribas and I am thankful that he provided me the chance for the scoop.  Unfortunately I couldn't take advantage of it and post it before it went up on the SCU site, but I do appreciate getting the info early!

Here is what Gabe sent me:


Our class should be released on the website today.  As soon as it goes up I will send you the link.

So you can get the first scoop here are our guys.

1) Paddy O'Brien -- Miramonte (RHP/ C)
2) Kert Woods-- Buhach Colony (SS/CF)
3) Kyle Cortopassi-- St. Mary's of Stockton (UTL)
4) Jose Vizcaino Jr.-- Francis Parker School-- San Diego (3B/SS)
5) Casey Munoz-- Palomar Junior College-- Cathedral Catholic-- San Diego (OF)
6) Steven Wilson-- Dakota Ridge High School -- Littleton, Colorado (RHP)
7) Peter Hendron-- Redmond High School-- Redmond, Washington (RHP)
8) Reece Karalus-- Mt. Si High School-- Snoqualmie, Washington (RHP)


Of those players, I am familiar with O'Brien (he was in BAWS 2010) and somewhat familar with Woods (saw him play for NorCal Valley last summer in a tourney in AZ).  I don't think I know anything of the other players. 

I know that O'Brien is a strong, physical hitting catcher with a good arm and I see that since he is listed also as a pitcher, well, that arm strength has transferred to the mound.  Not too many college catchers can effectively pitch too though, with the obvious demands on catchers.  We shall see.  Of note, O'Brien verballed to the former coaching staff and obviously the new staff re-recruited him well enough to get him to keep that commitment.  There were some other kids who had verballed who did not keep their verbals to SCU (and in some cases the new staff "let" some kids out of their verbals) and committed elsewhere.  As for Woods, he is a good athlete, runs well, plays with intensity and seems like a good fit in the college game.

As for Vizcaino,I haven't seen him play, but it is always nice to know that a player's dad was a big leaguer and in this case, his dad was a good big leaguer.

Anyway, this is the Santa Clara Broncos 2012 incoming class. 

Passing of Chuck Camuso

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I have some bad news to pass along, particularly in the South Bay region.  I was included on an email from Los Altos HS head coach Sandy Wihtol... here was the email.  I myself met Coach Camuso a few years ago when I was scouting former Homestead HS RHP Evan Marshall.  I didn't know him well but I do know that in that one day we met, he chatted with me like we were long friends and he was an easy man to talk to, and he clearly had a big heart for his players and for the game of baseball.  May he rest in peace.


Word travels fast these days and many of you may of already heard but Coach Chuck Blair of Homestead High School informed me that former Head Coach Chuck Camuso passed away yesterday from a stroke.

There is no word on a service/memorial as of yet but I did want to pass on the sad news.  

Besides coaching against Chuck during his years as the head coach at Homestead, he also was the head coach at Sunnyvale High School in the 1970's when I played against his teams when I was a player at Homestead High. I only mention this as I was fortunate to know him on both sides of the line and he was and will be remembered by me as one of the all time good guys in everything he did with all of his sporting activities. 

Sandy Wihtol, Head Coach Los Altos High Baseball, Former Homestead High Player & 1973 Grad

UC Davis LHP Kupbens nabs preseason honor

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Former Valley Christian HS lefthander Anthony Kupbens (BAWS IV) has been has been selected as the Big West Conference's preseason Pitcher of the Year by College Sports Madness, according to a release on Thursday by the publication. The website also predicted Kupbens, who recorded a 2.36 earned run average in 2011, to be an All-Big West first team honoree, along with his teammate David Popkins.

Here is a link to the posting on the UC Davis website

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