Zeb Brayton
Zeb Brayton
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 209-575-6274
Email: braytonz@mjc.edu

Coach Brayton enters his 6th season as Head Coach of the Pirates after working on staff as an assistant coach for ten years.

The 2019 Pirates had a very successful year with a 22-17 record and a playoff berth. Thirteen players received athletic scholarships highlighted by Blane Abeyta from Ceres H.S.(University of Nevada Reno-D1), Tanner Shears from Enoch H.S.(Sac St. University-D1), Landon Curtis from Turlock H.S.(University of Pacific-D1), and Jonathan Temple from Turlock H.S.(Valparaiso University-D1). Blane Abeyta, Tanner Shears, and Sean Gingerich were named 1st Team Big 8 performers, and Coach Brayton was named Big 8 Coach of The Year.

The 2018 Pirates had five players receive athletic scholarships to four year schools highlighted by Dylan Dudley from Orestimba H.S.(Cal State East Bay)

The 2017 Pirates had ten players receive athletic scholarships to four year schools highlighted by Anthony Enwiya from Beyer H.S.(St. Mary’s College-D1), Brandon Scott from Ripon H.S.(CSU Stanislaus) and Evan Duran from Ceres H.S.(CSU Stanislaus)

The 2016 Pirates had eight players receive athletic scholarships to four year schools highlighted by Colt Parshall from Oakdale High School(Cal State East Bay) and Robert Steves from Escalon High School(Fresno Pacific University)

 The 2015 Pirates had six players receive athletic scholarships to continue playing at four year institutions, highlighted by LHP Eddie Machado from Oakdale High School (New Mexico State University) and RHP Brent Montgomery from Escalon High School (San Francisco State University). Jacob Cooper, a freshman catcher from Enochs High School was selected and signed by the Chicago White Sox in 20th round of the MLB Draft. The 2015 team also excelled academically, with ten players recording a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

As an assistant, Coach Brayton's responsibilities consisted of running the offense, recruiting, fundraising and monitoring academic progress. During his tenure as the Pirates hitting instructor, Coach Brayton worked with and developed some of the best young hitters in the area. He has established himself as a tireless worker, always willing to help players reach their full potential.

In the Fall of 2012 Coach Brayton was appointed Head of Baseball Operations. During that time he created the Pirates Dugout Club, which has helped raise thousands of dollars in support of MJC Baseball. Coach Brayton’s fundraising efforts have spearheaded the recent renovations to Pirate Field. Those renovations include: new infield playing surface, new brick backstop, new fencing around entire field, and a new sound system.

As Recruiting Coordinator, Coach Brayton has successfully recruited some of the top local talent in the area, which has translated to back to back playoff appearances for the Pirates. In 2012, Coach Brayton created a mandatory “Study Hall” program for all student athletes associated with the Baseball Program. Each year the team’s overall GPA has increased, which has allowed over 90% of the student athletes to transfer to 4 year schools.

Coach Brayton graduated from St. Mary’s High School (Stockton) in 1996 and received a scholarship to play baseball at San Jose St University. He later transferred to San Joaquin Delta College where he earned another scholarship to play at CSU Stanislaus. Coach Brayton graduated from CSU Stanislaus in 2002 with a BA in Physical Education and a Concentration in Health Education. He received his MA in Teaching in 2008 and his California Teaching Credential in Physical Education in 2010 from National University.

 Coach Brayton lives in Ripon with his beautiful wife of 11 years, Bethany, their 9 year old daughter Bailey and 6 year old son Bo.