Tri-Valley Babe Ruth Royals
Tony Battilega, Manager
Tony Battilega, manager of the TVBR Royals, is in his 27th year of coaching baseball.
Tony played high school baseball in Littleton, Colorado at Bear Creek High School from 1983-1985 as a pitcher and center fielder. He then attended the University of San Diego where he pitched from 1985-1989. For two collegiate summers he pitched in the Jayhawk League for Clarinda, Iowa. Following college graduation he traveled to Stockholm, Sweden where he played, coached, and worked as an international baseball ambassador for two years.
In 1991, Tony was the pitching coach for San Diego City College. He then earned his teaching credential and began coaching high school baseball at Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego. In 1992, he was hired at national HS powerhouse, Rancho Bernardo High School, where he worked as an assistant coach from 1992-98. In 1998 Tony was hired as the varsity baseball coach for Granada High School in Livermore. For 10 years, Tony fielded a competitive team in the East Bay Athletic League. Granada hi-lights included an NCS championship runner up in 2001 and semi-final loss in 2002.
In 2008, Tony changed schools and began teaching / coaching at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. While working as the hitting coach, Amador won NCS championships in 2010 and 2013. Tony’s current role at Amador Valley is pitching coach.
Since 2006 Tony has also been actively coaching youth baseball in the Bay Area. He has coached Pony, Little League and Travel ball. Some of his youth coaching highlights have included 3 consecutive PFLL majors championships, 4 year PFLL all-star coach, and Cooperstown All-Star Village Championship runner up.
In 2015 Tony began coaching the Tri Valley Babe Ruth Royals. In his first year, the Royals won the TVBR league championship. Following the TVBR regular season Tony managed the 13-year old TVBR all-star team which won the Northern California State tournament, the Pacific Southwest Regional tournament and the 13 year old Babe Ruth World Series in Jamestown New York.
Tony has a passion for developing youth athletes and has coached numerous players that have gone on to play college and professional baseball.
Tony and his wife Jill, live in Pleasanton with their two children, Mia (16), and Joey (14). Off the field, Tony loves the mountains and the beach with his family. He enjoys fishing, skiing, hiking, photography, and reading.