Al Lopez – All-World Classic – USA



Al Lopez was born and raised in Miami. He went to high school at South Miami Senior High (1992) where he was a varsity baseball player since his 9th grade year. He went on to study at the University of Tampa and played there from (1993-96) where his Spartans went to the World Series his last 2 years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and also served as Team Captain while at UT. He then went and started his coaching career where he was a teacher and Pitching Coach at Westminster Christian School in Miami for Rich Hofman from (1996-98). While at Westminster he also served as an Associate Scout for the Kansas City Royals. Then he was offered a D-1 job to go be the Pitching Coach at the University of Louisville (1998-2000) where during his time there the Cardinals where ranked in the top 25 in the Country for the 1st Time in School History. While at U of L he also coached both summers at the prestigious Cape Cod League and was the Pitching Coach for the Bourne Braves where he coached players like Kevin Youklis, Chris Capuano, to name just a few of the many Major Leaguers that were part of the team and league. Then he returned back home and worked for Rich Hofman again at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale as the Pitching Coach (2001-2002). While at Westminster the Powerhouse Baseball Club was established in 2001 and it is still going strong 11 years later. Powerhouse was one of the avenues that players used to expose their talents to the colleges at all the major tournaments for baseball scholarships. Powerhouse has already had a 1st rounder and over 10 guys that have made it to the Major Leagues. During his second tenure with Coach Hofman at Westminster Academy he was offered a job with Pacific Sports Management Group to be the East Coast Scouting Director and that led to being the East Coast Scouting Director for the Canadian Baseball League. He then spent 2 seasons coaching at St. Thomas University in Miami before returning to Westminster Academy to be the Pitching Coach in (2004). He then became a Head Coach at Archbishop Carroll (2005-2006) where he lost in the Regional Finals to the State Champs Key West. After that he was brought to start a program at Westwood Christian (2008) where they raised enough money to make a field on campus with the Blue Monster in RF. If you build it they will come. Westwood won the state a few years after. Then went on to work in the healthcare field for 5 years and happy to be back in the classroom to be part of this great staff at SLAM. He has 3 daughters Isabella (8), Brianna (6), and Sofia (4) that are as excited as he is that he is back in the classroom.