Sorgi Named Volunteer Assistant Coach

Former Stanford star will coach outfielders and coach first base

Adam Sorgi joins the Aggie coaching staff after a successful playing career. (Photo by Jim von Rummelhoff, UC Davis)

Adam Sorgi joins the Aggie coaching staff after a successful playing career. (Photo by Jim von Rummelhoff, UC Davis)

Sept. 8, 2008

DAVIS, Calif. - Former Stanford standout Adam Sorgi has been named the volunteer assistant coach for the UC Davis baseball team, head coach Rex Peters announced Monday. Sorgi, who takes over for the departed Jon Heuerman, recently spent time in the minor leagues after being drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Adam is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," said Peters. "He is an enthusiastic and energetic coach with a great baseball background. He has played the game at a high level both at Stanford University and professionally in the Phillies organization. He has a good history of success as a player and he understands the student-athlete model we promote at UC Davis. He is an intelligent young man who has a bright coaching future."

Sorgi played for the Cardinal from 2004-07, earning All-Pacific 10 honors as a sophomore in 2005 and again as a redshirt junior in 2007. A two-year team captain, Sorgi led the team in batting average as a sophomore and senior after missing his junior season with an injury. He finished his Cardinal career with a .324 batting average, 152 hits and 29 doubles.

After completing the 2007 season, Sorgi was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The Phillies had also drafted Sorgi out of high school in 2003. Sorgi played one season of professional baseball with the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters before deciding to pursue a coaching career. Along with playing professional ball, Sorgi was also a member of the 2007 Swedish National Team and competed in the European Baseball Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Sorgi picked up coaching experience last season when he returned to his alma mater of Capistrano Valley High School to help manage the varsity baseball squad. Part of Sorgi's duties included player and team development along with game day planning and game coaching duties.

Sorgi also enjoyed success at the high school and little league level. While at Capistrano Valley, Sorgi helped lead his team to back-to-back Southern CIF Section Division I state championships and a top-10 ranking by USA Baseball in 2003. As a little leaguer, Sorgi was a member of the 1997 United States championship team that played for the Little League World Series title.

Sorgi will work primarily with the Aggie outfielders as well as coaching first base during games.

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