Coach Rick is the founder of Hard 90 Baseball Academy. Rick's passion to "teach the game" has provided players of all skill levels the opportunity over the years to learn and become successful both on and off the field. A former 16th round draft selection by the California Angels in 1981, Rick understands the importance of providing a program that provides top level baseball instruction to players of all ages. With a goal of preparing all H-90 players for high school, college and possibly a career in the professional ranks, Rick encourages his players daily to achieve. Rick played his college ball at Santa Clara University where he attained M.V.P. honors. He manages the H-90 12u team every year that ends their season with the incredible Cooperstown Dreams Park tournament (he's won it two separate times). There are many coaches out there who have worked with him and follow Rick's preachings of a strong mindset and will. His number is (916) 622-7154 or you can contact him through email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Coach Tom played his collegiate career at Long Beach State where he participated in the1989 College World Series in Omaha! He was drafted and signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1990 in the 13th round. He made his major league debut in 1993 and spent a total of 3+ years in the Major Leagues, including time with the Detroit Tigers in 1996. He also played in Italy where he was part of a championship team with the Rimini Pirates, posting a 11-1 record. Tom recently moved back to his hometown of Santa Cruz but keeps well connected with Hard 90. He comes up for private/group sessions and camps periodically.
Jon Ray hails from Vacaville. He was a two time 1st team all league player at Will C. Wood High School. Jon took his talents as a hard hitting middle infielder to Sac City before moving on to Bacone College in Oklahoma where he led the conference in hitting his junior year with a .422 average. He is currently coaching our Hustle Premier 10u team. He is available for lessons at The Clubhouse in El Dorado Hills for both hitting and infield work.
Andrew is a local athlete who helped lead Ponderosa High School winning the Section Championship in 2008. He went on to pitch at American River before attending Cal State Stanislaus, where he started and threw the only no-hitter in the school's history. He runs the Velocity sessions for H90 older pitchers (14 and above) while also managing the Pastime Premier 15's on the weekends. Coach Andrew is available for lessons, call (916) 365-4977.
Coach Matt is a local athlete out of Ponderosa High School who also was instrumental in team's run through their section championship season. He started his collegiate career playing two years at Sierra College. He went on to play at Waldorf College but has transfered and pitches now at Chico State. Matt is also a great hitting instructor as well as pitching. He is available for lessons, call (916) 365-4977.
Coach Matt is a talented infielder who played at Ponderosa High School. Upon graduation he started at Sierra College and caught the attention of the University of Southern California, where he played and starred for the next 3 years. The Washington Nationals snagged him in 2012 where he currently plays professionally. Hard 90 is proud to have him instruct in workouts and camps. Matt is also the assistant coach of our Legacy 11u team.
Justin attended East Union High School before heading off to Oklahoma State where he was a stand out pitcher. He received 1st team all league honors in 2006 before being selected by the Oakland A's in 2007 in the 13th round. In 2012, Justin was the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies AAA team. Justin is a great addition to our Hard 90 Family with easy going manner and tremendous attention to detail.
Coach Leon was an 8th round draft selection of the Oakland A's in 1993. He was a versatile infielder/outfielder from Casa Robles High School, helping his team become C.I,F. section champions in '93 and was named tournament MVP. He has made his mark at Hard 90 as a tournament manager and currently coaches the Cycle Premier 13u. He also instructs most H90 workouts and camps during the year. He is one of the main instructors in Open Hitting with Hard 90 members. His easy going, no-nonsense style makes him a valuable asset for all ages of players.
Coach Phil adds alot of baseball experience to our Hard 90 staff both as a player and a manager. He grew up and played his high school ball at Saratoga High in the Bay Area playing infield and pitching. He played professionally in the Red Sox organization in '85 and '86. He managed at Del Mar High School and was a pitching/hitting instructor at Cutting Edge before moving and joining the Hard 90 staff. His ability to see "the big picture" and his patience are very valuable in both motivating and developing players. He currently is the manager of Hard 90's Phenom Premier 16u team.
Coach Aaron attended and played baseball at Napa High School while making All-County in 1988 and winning the Sac-Joaquin Division 1 Section Championships. He played outfield at Napa Valley JC. In 2002, he was named Sierra Valley Conference and Sacramento Bee Coach of the Year while guiding Folsom High to a Division II Section Championship. He is currently an assistant varsity baseball coach there and manages H90's Power 12u team. His vast coaching experience since 1999 makes him a valuable mentor to many players in the area, both past and present.
Coach Sham is a very experienced baseball coach and mentor. Any player who's played for him knows he manages with heart having tremendous passion and respect for the game. He played infield at Yuba City High School and was a member of the 1998 Sacramento Sox (NABA) national championship team. He has 15 years of high school coaching at Oak Ridge and Folsom High under his belt and was named 2007 Delta River Coach of the Year. He currently manages H-90 Cycle 13u team.
Coach Mark grew up and played his high school ball in South Lake Tahoe. He went on to play at Yuba College and is another very positive and instructive coach. He attended and graduated the well known Harry Wendelstedt Umpiring Academy and knows the game of baseball inside and out. He is an experienced youth baseball manager in the area and lives to coach and instruct. He currently manages H-90 Hustle 10u team.
Coach Scott played high school ball at Liberty High School in Brentwood where he starred as a catcher and 3rd baseman. He went on to play at Los Medanos Junior College where he was the mainstay behind the dish. He is a very experienced coach and instructor, having coached at Vista del Lago High School since 2009 helping to build that program over the years. He has managed local teams too in his spare time, coaching for the past 16 years. 10 of his players have gone on to play D-1 college baseball with 4 of them going into the pro ranks. Coach Scott manages H-90 Legacy Premier 11u team.
Coach Tyler played high school ball at Ukiah High School where he was Redwood Empire Player of the Year. He went on to play at University of Northern Colorado. He pitched as well as played first and third base. Tyler went on to play for the San Rafael Pacifics where he racked up three league championships. The Pacifics utilized his skills as a pitcher as well as an instructor making him a player coach. Coach Tyler gives private lessons at the Clubhouse and works with players at our workouts, camps and clinics.
Coach Michael hails from Folsom where was a stand out catcher for Folsom High School. After his senior year he accepted a baseball scholarship to University of Arizona. Michael then transferred to Sierra College where he was drafted and signed in the 24th round of the 2010 draft by the Minnesota Twins. Michael is currently with the Twins' organization and instructs with Hard 90 in the off-season. He instructs at workouts, private catching lessons and assists our Legacy Premier 11u team.