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Jeff Lahti

Jeff Lahti
Manager

Jeff will be the manager of the Portland Pickles for the 2017 season.  He is an Oregon City, OR native who pitched as a reliever in Major League Baseball from 1982 to 1986 with the St. Louis Cardinals under Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog.  Prior to reaching the Major Leagues, Jeff was a standout  high school pitcher at Hood River Valley, and pitched collegiately at Treasure Valley Community College and later at Portland State University.  Lahti won a World Series championship with the Cardinals in his rookie season, 1982, playing alongside Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Bruce Sutter.  He also pitched on the National League pennant winning Cardinals squad of 1985 that lost to the Kansas City Royals in that season's Fall Classic.  Injuries cut his playing career short in 1986.  He currently works as a Pitching Coach at Clackamas Community College.
Jackson Gillett

Jackson Gillett
Hitting Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Coach Gillett is the current third base and hitting coach at Clackamas Community College and has been a part of the CCC coaching staff since 2016. Prior to joining CCC, Gillett worked as the hitting coach and junior varsity head coach at Concordia University from 2014-2015 after making the jump to the collegiate coaching ranks from high school. A native of Redmond, WA, Gillett first broke into coaching high school baseball in Oregon in 2005 as an assistant coach at Vernonia High School. Gillett coached at Vernonia from 2005-2006 before accepting the head coach position at Benson Polytechnic High School in 2008, where he worked until 2010. After his stint in Portland at Benson, Gillett was named the head baseball coach at Liberty High School in 2011 and coached the Falcons through the 2014 season.

Mark Magdaleno
Bench Coach

Coach Magdaleno is a native Californian with 30 years of experience coaching at the high school and collegiate levels. Magdaleno currently serves as the head baseball coach at Clark College, a position he has held for the past two seasons. In his first year at the helm, the Penguins started the 2016 season with a 2-11 record under Magdaleno, but the Penguins closed the season by winning 19 of their final 28 games to finish with a 21-20 overall record. This spring, Magdaleno guided Clark to a 20-19 overall record and 8-7 mark at home. Before he was named the head coach at Clark, Magdaleno served as the program’s associate head coach for the 2015-2016 season after coming to Oregon from Ventura College in California, where he spent the 2014-2015 season as an assistant coach. Magdaleno has served as an assistant at Ventura in four separate stints, beginning in 1983 when he broke into coaching, and has also been the head coach at five high schools across California and Colorado. Magdaleno has a combined high school and college overall record of 290-165.

Jim Hoppel
Bench Coach

Coach Hoppel has spent the past three years as the head baseball coach at Clackamas Community College, where he has worked closely with Pickles’ manager and CCC pitching coach Jeff Lahti. Prior to taking over as the head coach for the Cougars, Hoppel served as an assistant coach, associate head coach, and co-head coach  with the program for 14 seasons and previously coached for 10 years at the high school level. Hoppel was also the associate head coach of the Portland Kings collegiate summer team for two years. Hoppel is a graduate of Milwaukie High School, where he played high school baseball and later coached at, and played for CCC in 1982.