Head Coach Jim Ozella begins his 18th season at the helm of the Hart Baseball program, and Coach Ozella’s 2017 squad provides an exciting version of Hart Baseball for all current and past fans of Indian baseball. Coach Ozella, whose first season at Hart was in the 2000 campaign, returns a solid core of players from the 2016 team that ended the season on a quarter-final run in the CIF D1 playoffs and a 20-win season.
“Our group of returners are very excited about playing together in 2017, and that is inspiring from the coaching side of this passion of mine. I love coaching players who are hard-working and passionate about the game, and I hope their hard work turns into their reaching their goals,” said Coach Ozella. “Our seniors last year served as role models to this group, and we can’t wait to see our group take the field for action.”
Coach Ozella’s coaching record has reached the 327-167 mark in his years at Hart, and Coach Ozella believes the 2017 team is capable of another 20-win season despite one of the most challenging schedules in Hart Baseball history. Coach Ozella has been married to Kate for the past 33 years, and the Ozella family continues to develop. Ryan, 32, and his recent wife Ali are expecting their first child in the spring. Lauren, 29, and long-time boyfriend Alan have announced wedding plans for the fall of 2017, and Jessica, 26, still lives in the Venice area with her work for Thrive Market in Marina del Rey