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November 14, 2012
By Andrew Skari of Thomas Jefferson High School



     The Program is led by Head Coach Robby Bales who enters his 2nd season as the Head Coach at Thomas Jefferson High School after piloting the Spartans to a 16-4 record and an 8-0 sweep of the Denver Public League in his first season. Prior to joining the TJ family, Coach Bales most recently coached Hitstreak Colorado to the 2010 Connie Mack state title in the team’s inaugural season. From 2006-2009, Bales was the Head Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Colorado Northwestern C.C. where he molded two of the best recruiting classes in the school’s recent history.
     From 2005-2006, Bales assisted at Grand Junction H.S. (2005 5A State Champs), as well as running the Western Slope Golden Eagles summer and fall programs. Coach Bales is excited to be at TJ and is committed to continuing the schools excellence and winning ways. As a Player Bales was an all-state shortstop at Hillcrest H.S. in Midvale Utah, he later went on to Cuesta College and Snow College where as a sophomore he was selected to the all scenic west team, he went on to sign as a free agent with the Anaheim Angels before his career was cut short due to injuries. Bales is also a devoted husband and father. He and his wife Anna, reside in Westminster with there three
wonderful children, Dillon (16), Taylor (7) and Torre (1).

     Coach Bales is assisted by Al Bleser who brings three decades of professional baseball experience to TJ Baseball. Currently scouting for the Mariners since 2000, Al has aided the signing of two Regis University players, Craig Deaver and Peter Whatley. Al served as pitching coach at Regis University from 2006-09 helping the Rangers to three consecutive RMAC Conference tournament appearances. From 1993-99, Al served as a minor league coach and manager with the Rockies. His NWL Portland Rockies won the 1997 title with the help of current Major Leaguers Aaron Cook, Juan Pierre and Chone Figgins. From 1984-92, Al scouted for the Brewers, signing HitStreak staffer Jeff Knabenshue to a pro contract. As a player, Al played at Cherry Creek High School for coach Marc Johnson, then on to Lamar Community College, earning All-Region IX honors, before graduating from the University of Southern Colorado (CSU-Pueblo) in 1981. He led the RMAC in hitting in 1979 and was named to the All-RMAC Team twice during his time at USC. Following a tour at extended spring training with the Yankees, Al returned to teach in the Cherry Creek School District at Eaglecrest HS and is married to fellow Creek alum Robin, with daughter Alison.

     Be sure to check back soon to meet the rest of the staff!


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