Virginia Beach Shredders Baseball Club
Co-Head Coach: Tony Guzzo
Former Old Dominion baseball head coach Tony Guzzo returned to ODU as a Special Assistant to the Head Coach prior to the 2017 season.
In his first season as the Special Assistant, Coach Guzzo helped guide the Monarchs to a 37-21 record, the most single-season wins for the program since 2006. ODU also compiled a 19-11 record during Conference USA play and finished second in the league during the regular season, its best finish since joining Conference USA.
Coach Guzzo, one of the deans of collegiate baseball in the state of Virginia, guided the Monarchs for 10 seasons from 1995 to 2004. During his tenure, Old Dominion won two CAA regular season titles (1996, 2000), two CAA Tournament titles (1995, 1996) and earned three NCAA Regional appearances (1995, 1996, 2000).
Overall, Coach Guzzo amassed a career record of 303-252 at Old Dominion, giving the long-time head coach a total of 734 victories as a collegiate skipper. At ODU, Coach Guzzo guided several of the progrem’s brightest stars, including Justin Verlander, Kevin Gibbs, Matt Quatraro, Tim Hummel, Ron Walker, Tony Gsell and many more.
Prior to ODU, Coach Guzzo served as head coach at VCU, where he compiled a 329-300-1 from 1983-1994. Prior to the Rams, he rolled up a 102-66 record at North Carolina Wesleyan, taking that club to the NCAA Division III World Series in 1981 and 82. Both teams placed fourth in the nation.
In his early days as a coach, he served as a graduate assistant at East Carolina from 1976-78 and as head baseball and football coach at Norfolk Catholic High School from 1972-76.
Coach Guzzo played both baseball, as a catcher and football as a placekicker at East Carolina University. He is the parent of two children; a son, Anthony, and a daughter, Gina.
A native of Norfolk, Coach Guzzo graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1967 and earned a B.S. degree in health and physical education from East Carolina University in 1971.
Coach Guzzo is widely regarded as one of Baseballs premier catching instructors, having schooled several pro players and/or catching instructors & coaches, including Joe Breeden, Matt Quatraro. and Mark Strittmatter. Coach Guzzo will be leading the catching and pitching instruction for the Shredders this summer, among other duties.
Co-Head Coach: Allan Erbe
Coach Erbe, along with local baseball legend Towny Townsend, helped establish the area’s first youth travel baseball organization, the Virginia Blasters, one of the many high quality programs Coach Erbe was involved with that helped develop many of the areas top baseball players, including MLB’s Mike Cuddyer, David Wright, BJ Upton, Josh Rupe & Jimmy Anderson, along with over a dozen more players who played professionally in the minor leagues and indy ball.
Coach Erbe is part of a core of outstanding baseball men who have helped to establish the Hampton Roads area as great baseball player developmental juggernaut and a hot bed of big league prospects. A resident of Hampton, VA, Coach Erbe has continued to help develop players and advance the baseball careers of local baseball players for over 35 years. Coach Erbe will be working with the position players this summer, in addition to other coaching duties with the Shredders.
Coach Guzzo and Coach Erbe, reuniting after going 63-25 coaching together at NCHS and going 30-14 while coaching together in American Legion Posts 204 & 35; including coaching Tidewater area baseball legend Billy Swoope at both NCHS & Post 35, back in the early days of their respective coaching careers, before Swoope was drafted in the 10th round by the LA Dodgers (1976). After his playing career ended, Swoope has enjoyed a long and distinguished scouting career as the Chicago Cubs east coast senior scout. Both Tony Guzzo and Allan Erbe played in the TSL in the early 70’s for Fett Roofing and Allan Erbe also played for Burtons Appliances. The TSL is excited to have these great baseball men back in the league for the 70th Anniversary season of the Tidewater Summer League.
There have been 13 MLB Players coached between Coach Guzzo and Coach Erbe.
Coach Guzzo – Justin Verlander (RHP, Astros), James Austin (RHP, Brewers), Matt Williams (LHP , Indians), Jamie Brewington, (RHP, Giants), Jerry Dipoto, (RHP , Cleveland and current GM Seattle Mariners), Tim Hummel, (Inf- Reds), Mark Strittmatter, (C,numerous teams and MLB coach), Matt Quatraro, (C, current 3rd base coach Tampa Bay Rays) — Coach Guzzo is a former Full Time Scout for the Boston Red Sox, and former associate scout with the LA Dodgers and Kansas City Royals.
Coach Erbe – David Wright (Inf Mets), BJ Upton (OF, Indians), Mike Cuddyer (Twins, Rockies, Mets), Josh Rupe (RHP Rangers, White Sox, Orioles), ,Jimmy Anderson (LHP, Pirates). Coach Erbe is a former associate scout with the LA Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.
Assistant Coach: TBA