It has been my privilege to work closely with George Vranau over the past 11 years.  George is an accomplished coach, teacher, scout and developer of young people, aspiring to enhance their baseball experience. I have had numerous players from my high school team participate on his collegiate teams.  All have spoken extremely well of their experience.  George has given valuable information not only regarding the game of baseball but, development of pathways to successes in life.

Far too many athletes settle for just completing a task or being done with practice.  George has a unique ability to motivate his players to choose, on their own, to take every opportunity as a gift and excel. He invests time in knowing his team and each individual because he cares deeply in their progress. Life isn’t fair and not everyone gets a trophy, George understands that everything has to be earned, which sets young men on a road to success.

George promotes education, builds relationships and instructs with a discipline manner that allows players to discover their passion about the game of baseball.  So many coaches today are all about the money.  I have had numerous players participate in other programs and come back hurt or with an entitled demeanor.  This creates animosity and difficulty for me.  The players under George’s guidance come back hungry and ready to compete. It is without reservation, that I would endorse any young player wanting to improve his stock (as George does an exceptional job of moving players on) and improve his overall game.

Mike Voelkel

Head Baseball Coach,
Palisades Charter High School

We are so thrilled to place our players with George Vranau and his Pirates ball club. He understands the blending of player development and teaching players to compete and how to win. He requires his players to respect the game and work hard.

Coach Vranau inspires players to be the best players they can be within their skill set. He lets the players play and learn from their mistakes. Vranau is the perfect example of a players’ coach.

Sending players to Coach Vranau’s program allows our players to see the big picture of the game. Our players are better because of Coach Vranau.

Bill Sizemore

Pitching Coach
Whitman College

As a former player, and now owner of my own sports academy [ThunderCat Sports Academy], I would highly recommend players to play for Coach Vranau and the Ventura County Pirates program. Coach Vranau also helped kick start my own professional baseball career by recommending me to an independent baseball organization. I will continue to pay it forward and give my players the opportunity to play baseball at a high level.

Charles Davis, III

ThunderCat Sports Academy