The Dedicated People Who Guide Our Team

Head Coach

Dan Marple

As a Player

  • Huenemee High School: Named 1st team All-CIF as a Senior in 1971
  • Cal Poly SLO: MVP in Sophomore Season
  • Baltimore Orioles: 3 Years Reaching AA League

Coaching

  • 1979 he Began Coaching at Cuesta College
  • 10 Years at Templeton High School
  • 2012-2014 Coached North County Indians
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Marple, a California native, began his coaching career at Cuesta College in 1979. He was an assistant coach at Templeton high school for ten years and most recently coached baseball for the North County Indians, a semi-professional baseball team, from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to a 26 year career with the California Highway Patrol, where he served Ventura, San Luis Obispo and Templeton, Marple’s baseball career began as a player for Huenemee High School where he was named to 1st team All-CIF as a senior in 1971. Later that year, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, but chose to attend Cal Poly on a baseball scholarship instead.

After an MVP sophomore season for the Mustangs, Marple was again drafted by the Orioles organization where he spent three years playing professional baseball; reaching as high as AA with O’s. Upon his release, Marple returned to Cal Poly and completed his degree in Journalism.

In 2016, the San Luis Obispo Blues saw the mid-season departure of Jamie Clark as Head Coach. The organization decided to move quickly in the pursuit of Marple. “Dan has always been high on our list,” said General Manager Adam Stowe. “He’s local and has ample experience in baseball, but most of all he cares about his players. All of those attributes are extremely important to us,” he added. We’re truly honored to have a gentleman of his caliber leading us into the 2017 campaign.”

Marple currently resides in Paso Robles, CA, with his wife, Susan, of twenty-seven years. They have two sons and two daughters. Both sons played collegiate baseball and one went on to play in the Phillies Organization for 6 years in the minor league system.

Assistant Coach

Ed Gravell

As a Player

  • Los Alamitos High School: Drafted in 14th Round as a Pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
  • 2 Years San Antonio Missions in AA Texas League
  • MVP Award in Men’s Senior League

Coaching

  • Cal Poly SLO Club Baseball
  • San Luis Obispo High School
  • North County Indians
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Ed Gravell’s 54-year baseball career began at Los Alamitos High School (Southern CA) where upon graduation he was drafted in the 14th round as a pitcher by the Kansas City Royals. He played for the San Antonio Missions in the AA Texas League for two years when he decided to make baseball a secondary career. Ed went on to earn a BS in Microbiology from Cal State Long Beach and a MBA in Business Management from UCLA as he embarked on his “primary” career as a healthcare executive. All the while (for 17 years) continuing to play and coach in developmental leagues throughout Southern CA. When his career took him to Chicago, Ed played competitively in the Men’s Senior Baseball League earning an MVP award and setting a single-game RBI record. After trading in his cleats for coaching shoes, Ed has coached at many levels including individual pitching instruction (ages 15-21), U-16 Travel, Cal Poly Club Baseball, North County Indians College Development League, and San Luis Obispo High School.

Now retired, Ed and his wife Kim reside in Nipomo. They have two sons who are both married with one living in Southern California and the other in Morro Bay. Most recently they’ve welcomed 2 grandsons into the family.

Assistant Coach

Fred Bogart

As a Player

  • Queen Anne High School Playing both Baseball and Basketball.
  • 4 Years as an Infielder for Washington State
  • 2 Years with the Seattle Mariners

Coaching

  • Hitting Coach for Youth – Semi Pro Levels
  • Infield Coach for Youth – Semi Pro Levels
  • 2012-2014 Coached North County Indians
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Fred is originally from Seattle, WA where he attended Queen Anne High School as a standout baseball and basketball player. He earned All-City and All-Seattle- Metro area baseball team honors for 3 straight years and earned All-State honors his senior year. He was named the MVP of the state all-star game as well. That led him to a collegiate career at Washington State University where he played as an infielder for the Cougars for four years. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Business administration he signed a professional contract with the Seattle Mariners and played in the California league for two years before retiring.

Since his playing days Fred has coached baseball as an infield and hitting coach at youth, high school and semi-pro levels levels. Most recently he coached for the North County Indians collegiate team from 2012-2014. When not on a baseball field, Fred is a partner in the local CPA firm of Glenn Burdette.

He lives in Templeton, CA with his lovely wife, Terri. They have 3 adult sons, Casey, Tyler and Scott.

Assistant Coach

Connor O’Hare

As a Player

  • 2012: Was a Red shirt at Cuesta College
  • 2014: 1 Season at Santa Barbara City College
  • 2 Years with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Coaching

  • 2017: SLO Blues Undergraduate Assistant Coach
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Connor O’Hare started his collegiate baseball career at Cuesta College, where he redshirted. Before transferring to Santa Barbara City College, He played for none other than Coach Dan Marple with the North County Indians as a catcher and outfielder. After one year at Santa Barbara he came to the SLO Blues, thinking it would be his last chance to step on a diamond to play again. He finished the Blues summer hitting .248 with 7 doubles, 2 triples, and 25 RBI’s. After that summer, Connor got the opportunity to continue his playing career for Cal Poly. Connor Played two years for the Mustangs as an outfielder, hitting .273 as a junior year and .300 his senior year, ending it in thrilling fashion with an RBI triple in his last collegiate at bat. Connor graduated Cal Poly with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. This year he worked under Larry Lee for Cal Poly Baseball as the undergraduate assistant coach as well as a manager in operations. Connor looks forward to this summer as the first base coach for the Blues!

Assistant Coach

Steve Tolley

As a Player

  • Glendale High School Playing both Baseball and Football.
  • Played with College of the Desert
  • Played with Cuesta College

Coaching

  • Coached for Cuesta College 1985-1987
  • Youth Baseball
  • Managed several Mens Baseball teams
  • Coached Arroyo Grande High School 2008-Present
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Steve began his coaching career at Cuesta College in 1985. He stayed at Cuesta for two years having to leave the position due to the demands of his full time police officer positon and having two young sons. He continued to coach youth baseball along with playing on and managing mens baseball teams. Steve began coaching at Arroyo Grande High School in 2008 and is still a varsity assistant. Steve grew up in Glendale, Ca. attending Glendale High School where he played football and baseball. After high school he played baseball at College of the Desert and Cuesta College with the intention of playing at Cal Poly. He stopped playing to take a police officer position with the City of Santa Barbara. Steve returned to SLO where he continued his law enforcement career. He retired, after a 30 year career, in 2010 as a lieutenant. Steve has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from the University of La Verne. Steve lives in Arroyo Grande with his wife Shannan. They have four children together. Steve is currently a criminal justice instructor at Cuesta College. He has 3 adult sons, Casey, Tyler and Scott.