Contact / About

The Palm Springs POWER Baseball Club recruits elite collegiate players from around the country to come to Palm Springs and play baseball in the months of June and July. The POWER organization strives to provide affordable entertainment as well as quality baseball for the residents of the Coachella Valley.

PHONE: (760) 778-HITS (4487) 

FAX:       (760) 325-7206

EMAIL:  info@palmspringspowerbaseball.com

ADDRESS:  1901 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, CA 92262  View Map

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POWER Front Office

Andrew Starke

President

Andrew Starke has been the sole Owner and President of the Palm Springs POWER Baseball Organization since its creation in the fall of 2003.  The POWER organization is the parent company of the California Winter League, thus his responsibilities cover all day-to-day operations of the CWL as well.  Mr. Starke started the company from the ground up since he was 23 years old and has seen it grow at a rapid pace to its current employment of over 75 full and part-time staff.

Mr. Starke currently serves as an executive board member for the Palm Springs Police Officers Association’s Memorial Fund Honorary Board. In June 2007, he received the Palm Springs Small Business of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Palm Springs. In addition to owning the POWER & the CWL, Mr. Starke works part time as an associate scout for the two-time World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies and has done so since 2010.

On the field, he was a four-year scholarship baseball player and graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, with a degree in Business Administration.  Throughout college he not only earned All-Conference honors on the field, but also was a member of the Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference Team.

Mr. Starke is a full-time resident here in Palm Springs with his wife, Vicky, and their two sons Christian and Caleb.  He is very proud of the accomplishments and growth of the POWER organization over the past 12 years and looks forward to keeping baseball here at Palm Springs Stadium for many years to come.

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Peter Wagoner

General Manager

Pete Wagoner is the General Manager of the Palm Springs Power and the California Winter League and joined the company in 2012. Pete’s primary role is the recruitment of players for the CWL.
Originally from Washington D.C., Pete received his Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and his Master’s degree in Sport Management from the George Washington University. He has worked for the San Diego Chargers, Pro Camps, and the largest sport and social organization in the U.S., VAVi.
Pete enjoys cooking, spending time with his pitbull Bo, and suffering through Cleveland sports. Sadly, his favorite baseball team is the Cleveland Indians.

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Josh Fathollahi

Vice President of Marketing & Promotions

Josh Fathollahi joined the Palm Springs Power in 2013 to serve as their Director of Marketing. Prior to joining the Power, Josh had experience covering the San Francisco Giants for RotoWire Inc. as the team’s beat writer. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from San Francisco State University in the Spring of 2013. Growing up in the Bay Area, Josh has grown to become a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, and the San Jose Sharks. He is also an avid fantasy football and baseball player, and he enjoys playing hockey in his free time.

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Justin Reschke

VP of Business Operations

Justin graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He began his career in the sports industry as a director for Skyhawks Sports Academy, overseeing sports-themed day camps in the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon graduation, Justin began working for the Golden Baseball League as director of media relations. In 2011, Justin assisted with the league’s transformation as it expanded and became known as the North American League. He also had extensive experience working with the instructional, and now defunct, Arizona Winter League. In October of 2012, Justin joined the California Winter League as Vice President of Business Operations and is excited for his second POWER season.

Justin is originally from Alamo, CA in the East Bay Area, and is an avid fan of the Athletics, Sharks, 49ers, and, of course, the Buckeyes. He also enjoys skiing in Tahoe and playing hockey when time allows.

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Aaron Putyrski

Assistant General Manager

Aaron Putyrski

Aaron is the newest member of the CWL front office, but he is no stranger to the league, as he was an intern for the 2015 season. He graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Recreation & Tourism Management. When it comes to sports, Aaron puts Penn State before anything else, but he is also a fan of the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Jets. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his cat, Robert.

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Coaching Staff

Harry Gurley

Manager

Gurley’s has helped more than 45 players gain affiliated baseball experience, including 12 players who have made it all the way to the Major Leagues. Five of his pitching pupils have also been drafted in the first round of the MLB first-year player draft.

As the Ohio State University Pitching Coach from 2006-07, Gurley’s team led the Big 10 Conference in ERA and boasted its first 10-game winner in nearly a decade.

Gurley became the Palm Springs POWER Manager in 2009 as well as 2011-15 and won the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League Championship in all six seasons. 2016 will be Harry’s farewell tour as it will be his last season managing the POWER.

Dr. Patrick St. Pierre

Official Team Orthopedist

Dr. Patrick St. Pierre has joined Desert Orthopedic Center as the Director of Sports Medicine. Committed to Sports Medicine, Dr. St. Pierre has served as team physician for Army Athletics (West Point), Tacoma Sabercats (AA Professional Hockey) West Coast Hockey League, Tacoma Rainiers (AAA Professional Baseball) Pacific Coast Baseball League and Marymount University.

Dr. St. Pierre is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. After completing his orthopedic surgery residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, he completed fellowships in Medical Research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at West Point. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.

Dr. St. Pierre is very involved in Sports Medicine and Shoulder research and has been recognized with several international and national awards which include:

– The 2004 Hughston Sports Medicine Award

– The 1995 Arthroscopy Association Resident/Fellow Research Award

– The 1995 “Hoff Medal” as Distinguished Graduate, Walter Reed Medical Research Fellowship

– The 1994 Easter Orthopedic Association Resident/Fellow Research Award

He has written numerous articles, book chapters and has edited four books on Sports Medicine. He frequently lectures around the world on sports medicine, shoulder and arthroscopy topics.

Dr. John Feller

Official Orthopedic Radiologist

Dr. Feller currently is Medical Director of Desert Medical Imaging, The PET/CT Center, Desert Medical Imaging of Indio and Desert Medical Imaging of Palm Springs, and is the MRI Consulting Radiologist for Desert Orthopedic Center. He maintains an academic affiliation with Stanford University where he is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Radiology (1991 – present).Dr. Feller completed his undergraduate training in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Notre Dame (1978 – 1982), graduating cum laude. He then attended the Ohio State University School of Medicine (1983 – 1987) , graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Feller subsequently completed four years of post graduate medical training at Stanford University School of Medicine (1987 – 1991), culminating in Board of certification in Diagnostic Radiology. Following Fellowship training in an orthopedic and body MRI (1992), Dr. Feller became Chief of MRI at David Grant USAF Medical Center, a position he maintained for four years (1992 – 1996).

Desert Medical Imaging is the official imaging center for Palm Springs POWER Baseball.

Tahari Reed (T-Bone)

Director of Security

Tahari Reed is the co-owner of Watchdog Inc. with Edward Greer. Reed has been in the security industry for more than 22 years and with the POWER since 2004. In addition to providing protection, he also serves as a football coach at Palm Springs High School.

Shirley and Edna Dickson

The POWER Pit Management

The Palm Springs POWER hope you are enjoying our “POWER Pit,” otherwise known as the concession stand. The POWER Pit is run by the owner of Above the Best Catering, Shirley Dickson and her top general, Edna Dickson, more affectionately known as “Mamma D”. The mother/daughter combo has been a fixture at POWER games since the first season in 2004. However, it was not until the 2006 season that they took over the task of running the POWER Pit.

Mamma D, originally from the East Coast, spent 18 years in Las Vegas working as a cocktail waitress at the Hilton, Flamingo, Desert Inn, and Hacienda Hotels. During that time, Shirley was raised in Vegas and graduated from El Dorado High School before they both moved to California. Now the sole owner of a catering company, Shirley loves being a part of the POWER team and making sure all of the POWER fans leave the stadium full and satisfied. Above the Best Catering services virtually all the private aircrafts leaving from the Palms Springs and Thermal Airports.

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