Assistant Baseball Coach

Anthony Gilich
Assistant Baseball Coach


Anthony Gilich begins his fifth season as assistant coach with Central Arizona Baseball. Coach Gilich is in charge of working with infielders and hitters and will be in charge of recruiting. In 2008, under the direction of Coach Gilich, CAC broke the all-time fielding percentage record in NJCAA history with a fielding percentage of .977. Coach Gilich's infielders have finished in the Top 15 of the NJCAA in fielding in each year. Coach Gilich's offense led the ACCAC in stolen bases in 2011 and set a school record with 203.

Gilich coached from 2003-2007 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington where he was the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Gilich was responsible for managing the third base box and coaching the Logger infielders. In 2004, UPS led the Northwest Conference in stolen bases and percentage swiping 90-115 bags. In addition, the Loggers had a higher fielding percentage and fewer errors in every season since his arrival in 2003. Also, 5 infielders were named All-Northwest Conference during his tenure. Prior to his arrival, Gilich coached at Ellensburg High School in 2002, leading the JV Bulldogs to a 14-6 record and assisting the varsity to their first playoff win in school history. Gilich has also been the Head Coach of the highly recognized Triple Play Hornets from 2004-2007. In 2007, he guided the Hornets to a 47-16 record as well as winning their second consecutive USABF World Series Championship in San Diego, California. During his tenure with Triple Play, every player has been placed at the college level including former Vaqueros Cade Thompson, Joe Anson and Tim Steggall.

Gilich had an outstanding prep career at Gig Harbor High School where he earned 1st team All-State honors as a shortstop and also won a state championship in 1997. Gilich still holds the school record for most saves in a season with 5, and most career saves with 12. Collegiately, he finished his playing career at Santa Barbara City College.

In 2003, Gilich graduated Cum Laude from Central Washington University with a degree in Speech Communication and a minor in Sociology.

Mike Orchard
Assistant Baseball Coach


Mike Orchard enters his fourth year as pitching coach at Central Arizona College. During the 2011 season, Coach Orchard helped guide the pitching staff to a NJCAA National Runner Up and the pitching staff led the ACCAC in ERA. During the 2010 season, Coach Orchard helped guide the pitching staff to their fourth consecutive region title. During the 2009 season, the Vaquero pitching staff led the league in strikeouts, while setting a conference and school record for ERA.

During the 2009,2010 and 2011 summers, Orchard managed the Mankato Moondogs of the Northwoods League. In 2009 and 2011, his summer team was 1st half champions. Currently, Orchard works as an associate scout for the Atlanta Braves. Before arriving at CAC, Orchard spent the previous year working at USC with the RDRBI (Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseaball Institute). At the RDRBI, Orchard worked with various pitchers ranging from little leaguers to major leaguers. He also helped develop the first two pitchers from India as part of the "Million Dollar Arm" reality show with the RDRBI International program.

Prior to working at the RDRBI, Orchard coached 10 years at the high school and college level. Most recently, he was the pitching coach at cross-town rival Chandler-Gilbert for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. The Coyote pitching staff had the lowest ERA in school history and the ACCAC during the 2007 season. In his two years at Chandler-Gilbert, Orchard had 10 pitchers go on to pitch at the Division 1 level and had 5 pitchers sign professional contracts. During 2007, Orchard was an associate scout for the Chicago White Sox and spent his summer coaching in the Cape Cod League as pitching coach for the Hyannis Mets.

Previous to his Arizona coaching stint, Orchard spent two summers in the Northwoods League coaching for the Thunder Bay Bordercats and Lacrosse Loggers.

Orchard spent four years coaching for the state-ranked Osceola Kowboys in Kissimmee, Florida. The last two seasons there, Orchard developed back-to-back pitchers of the year for Osceola County. Orchard also coached two years of high school baseball in Davenport, Iowa and two years in Charleston, SC.

As a prep, Orchard was named 1st team All-State at Davenport Assumption. After that, he went on to play at Black Hawk Community College in Moline, Illinois where he received 1st team All Conference and All Region honors as a freshman. Injuries prevented Orchard from continuing his baseball career after junior college.

In 2001, Orchard graduated from College of Charleston with a degree in Media Communications.

Pitchers drafted under Mike Orchard
2011 (Central Arizona College)
Eric Wooten 15th Round Baltimore Orioles
Zach Dando 32nd Round Houston Astros
2010 (Central Arizona College)
AJ Schugel Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Chris Joyce 29th Round Detroit Tigers
Jake Dziubczynski 38th Round Detroit Tigers
2009 (Central Arizona College)
Jimmy Patterson 34th Round Boston Red Sox
Kevin Gelinas 45th Round Pittsburgh Pirates
Zach Cleveland 50th Round Chicago Cubs
2007 (Chandler-Gilbert Community College)
Steve Salas 24th Round Anaheim Angels
2006 (Chandler-Gilbert Community College)
Brandon Thompson 23rd Round New York Yankees
Tim Dennehy 26th Round New York Yankees
Dan Hoben 29th Round Texas Rangers
2005 (Osceola High School)
Bo O'dell 23rd Round Atlanta Braves

Andy Judkins
Assistant Baseball Coach


Jerry Harden
Assistant Baseball Coach


Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814