After four years of training in the STARS Baseball Academy, players graduate into the “High School Prep Program,” and everything intensifies! Their training is geared for one thing…playing high school baseball. Coach Dufek has more than 10 years of experience coaching high school baseball. He knows exactly what is needed for a player to excel at the high school level. There is one goal for San Diego STARS players at this stage of their young baseball careers…play high school baseball at a very high level. They come to understand that if they work hard enough there is no reason why they cannot play Varsity baseball in their freshman year of high school.
Program Director…Coach Jeff Dufek
Coach Dufek is in his sixth year as head baseball coach at San Marcos High School. At San Marcos Coach Dufek is charge of all baseball operations. From 2001 to 2005 Jeff was the head baseball coach at University City High School. Prior to coaching at University City, Coach Dufek served three years as an assistant varsity baseball coach at Mission Bay High School under Coach Dennis Pugh.
Jeff received his Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences and a minor in Physical Education from San Diego State University. Coach Dufek was a pitcher at San Diego State where he played for Coach Jim Dietz. Prior to San Diego State Jeff played three years of varsity baseball at Mission Bay High School.
Currently, Coach Dufek teaches Physical Education at San Marcos. Jeff was a member of the very first San Diego STARS team that played in China. Not only did Jeff win 3 National Championships with the STARS as a player…he won two as a coach of the STARS. He lives in San Marcos with his wife Jennifer of seven years. Jeff and Jennifer have two children, Kyler (6) and Lyla (4)