SMC Gaels
Saint Mary'es College Athletics


Gabe Zappin
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: Excelsior College
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 10 Years
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Zappin Photos

Gabe Zappin is entering his 12th season as a coach on Soto's staff, and finished his 10th season at SMC in 2013.  He filled in as head coach when Soto went on leave as Zappin finished the year with a 17-26 mark. In 2008, Zappin was named the Associate Head Coach by Soto. Zappin works as with the Gaels as an infield coach and hitting instructor. He had also been instrumental in producing strong recruiting classes for the Gaels, bringing in top prospects from California and many surrounding states.

Zappin's role on the field is instruction of infield play, hitting, and running the offense from third base. Zappin came to Moraga after serving six year as Soto's top assistant at Feather River College (Quincy, CA). While serving under Soto at Feather River College, Zappin assisted in sending more than 35 players to the university level and assisted the Eagles in reaching the Final Four. Several of Zappin's recruits were drafted, including Humberto Gonzales, picked up by the New York Mets in 2003. While at Feather River, Zappin also served three years as an associate scout in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Zappin began his collegiate career in 1994 at De Anza College as a third baseman and pitcher under head coach Tom Kunis, who is now the pitching coach at Stanford. Zappin then played for San Francisco City College during his sophomore year. As a student athlete at SFCC, Zappin was a First Team All-Conference selection in the Bay Valley North conference. Zappin played his third year at the University of Nevada Reno. At Nevada Reno, he served as a closer and spot starter. He posted a 3-1 record with five saves and helped the Wolf Pack advance to the Super Regional. Zappin played his senior year at Cal State Northridge to finish his collegiate career. His prep career was at Carson High School in Carson City, Nevada where he led the Capitols to a state championship in 1992.

Zappin carries a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology from Excelsior College. Zappin was born in Columbus, Ohio, currently resides in Walnut Creek with his wife, Mirna.