Coach: Robert Ruiz
Robert Ruiz is in his 6th Season as Head Coach of Westmont’s Baseball Program. When Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell hired Ruiz he said, "Coach Ruiz is a strong Christian leader with a track record of winning, and he is someone who understands how to recruit and coach within the rigorous academic curriculum at Westmont.”
Ruiz has accomplished much in his 10 years as a collegiate coach. He has served as an Assistant and Associate Head Coach in programs that have seen 7 players drafted, advanced to the College World Series twice and won 2 conference championships. He enjoys coaching at the college level because of the development and maturation process that takes place. He sees student-athletes who want to grow as men and become championship level competitors on the field. Ruiz believes "Competitive athletics offer the experience of adversity, challenge, work ethic, and selflessness. Standing on a foundation of positive values and the right character attributes allows for success in this environment. The bi-product of integrity and value driven athletes is the ability to win, or being prepared to win in all of the challenges or obstacles presented. I am passionate about leading a group of young men and preparing them to win while at the same time encouraging them to become great people who are building their relationship with God and impacting their community in a positive way.”
Ruiz has spent 7 years involved with camps doing everything from Coaching to Directing. He enjoys doing camps because of the opportunity to work with potential future Westmont Warriors on the baseball field.
Ruiz was a four-year student-athlete at Pitzer College where he earned a degree in organizational studies. He understands the rigors of life as a collegiate athlete and the opportunities a coach has to positively influence the lives of those who play for him.
Coach: Tony Cougoule
Tony Cougoule enters his 11th year as an assistant coach and begins his 6th year with the Westmont Warrior baseball program. As pitching coach, Cougoule also has an active role working with the catchers. In addition to his duties on the field, Cougoule takes part in all facets of the Warrior baseball program, including areas of recruiting, fundraising and administration.
Cougoule has coached at the collegiate level since 2005 at schools such as Southeastern Community College, Azusa Pacific University and Mount Mercy University. He has contributed to programs that have received a top-ten national ranking, broken single season records for wins, he has coached six MLB draft picks and has seven players currently playing professional baseball.
In 2007, Cougoule completed his Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Warrior program and will add tremendous value to the staff.