MIKE HACKER (OWNER)
Michael Hacker was born and raised in Folsom, CA where he started his baseball career. In 2002, Hacker was a sophomore at Folsom High school and on the Section Championship Team. Hacker was all-city in 2004 and started in Centerfield in the Optimist Game. This is where he caught interest of Coach Tony Bloomfield (former CRC head coach), and Jno Shuler (Current CRC coach).
Hacker decided to pursue his baseball career at Cosumnes River College. In 2005, Hacker was the Bay Valley Pitcher of the Year and was drafted by The Minnesota Twins in the 15th round. Hacker decided to stay at CRC for the 2006 season as he was a draft-and-follow with Minnesota. In 2006, Hacker was named Most Outstanding Athlete at CRC but his season ended early when he tore his UCL in the elbow.
Hacker spent the rest of 2006 and all of 2007 rehabbing and learning from Coach Bloomfield and Coach Shuler. Hacker’s first year back from his injury was a good one as he took his team deep into the playoffs beating the number one seed, Fresno city college. Hacker was drafted in 2008 by the Houston Astros in the 25th round. He spent the next three seasons with Houston. Hacker didn’t give up his first earned run until his 17th Appearance. He was awarded Farmstros Player of the Month.
In 2010, Hacker signed as a free-agent with the Boston Red Sox. He spent two seasons with the minor league club and the injury bug came again. After a surgery in late 2011, he spent his last season in the United League playing for Former Cleveland Indians Manager and Big Leaguer, Doc Edwards. In 2013, Hacker started coaching and mentoring the younger generation. Players like Jack Wolger (CAL), Tiegan Jones (Fresno State), Tyler Schimpf (San Francisco Giants) were a few of his clients. In 2016 and 2017, Hacker was the Varsity Pitching Coach for Folsom High School. From 2017 to 2019, he was the Head Assistant and Pitching Coach at Cosumnes River College. Coach Hacker then went on to work with UC Davis, where he is currently the Pitching Coach.
“I have spent my entire life around the game of baseball. I have been truly blessed to have learned the game, and it’s life lessons, from some outstanding coaches. I’ve had coaches in the Big Leagues, like Doc Edwards, Tom Goodwin, and George Lombard, and college coaches, Tony Bloomfield and Jno Shuler, that I’ve watched and learned from over the years. The coaches in my life had so much influence on who I am as a person now and I am passionate about passing that knowledge along to the next generation.” - Coach Mike Hacker
DOUG THENNIS (OWNER)
Doug was born and raised in the Sacramento area. He went to Mesa Verde High School and graduated in 2004. While he was there he made the prestigious optimist team, he was named to the All-City team, and made first team All-league Honors. Thennis decided to attend American River College after high school. He played very well in his first year of college, being named to the first team all-league honors. After the year had ended Thennis was drafted in the 2005 MLB draft by the Washington Nationals in the 26th round.
In 2006 Doug had decided to transfer to Sacramento City College. He helped take the panthers to finish second in the State that year.
Doug played well enough to capture the attention of a couple big time baseball colleges. He signed his national letter of intent to play at Texas Tech University in 2007. While at Texas Tech he managed to be named Big 12 player of the week twice. He won the Texas division 1 home run derby in July that year. In 2008 Doug made the National all-star lineup. Following the 2008 season the Chicago White Sox drafted doug in the 27th round. In the first season with the White Sox Doug's team won the short season Championship. After his first two years with the White Sox Doug signed a free agent contract with an independent baseball club the Laredo broncos. In 2011 the Washington Wildthings signed Doug to another free agent deal. This was Doug's last year in professional baseball.
Doug has a passion for helping young players reach their potential. He started his coaching career at Hard 90 in 2009. In 2012 Doug joined forces with California Academy of Baseball where he was in charge of hitting instruction. He spent a 4 years with the company developing many young hitters. In 2016 Doug joined forces with Mike Hacker to open their own program called Baseball University. Eventually Baseball University would merge with BPA in 2017, where currently coach Thennis runs BPA Sacramento along with Mike Hacker.
Rick Stassi has been has been around the strength world since 1988. The former Firefighter/Paramedic has a true passion for training athletes to reach their full genetic potential. Rick has trained over 300 professional athletes, 200 of them being baseball players. He has helped generate 14 first round MLB draft picks so far in his career. Rick has trained golfers, swimmers, volleyball players, baseball players, softball players, kick boxers, and many more sports.
In 1991, Rick orchestrated strength training for the California Angels. He then moved on to train the women's basketball team for Cal State Fullerton in the 1992/1993 season. The Seattle Mariners got a hold of Rick and he trained their Baseball team in the 1993/1994 season. After Seattle, Rick became a training consultant with Orange Coast (1988'-1991'), (1994-1998) and headed strength training for Cypress college, who won the junior college state championship 3 times while he was there. During this time, Stassi also had a role in developing NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, CISL, MLS athletes and Olympic pair figure skaters at IntenseCity Sports Performance Institute (1996-1997). Stassi's longest stint was with Cal State Fullerton as the strength and conditioning coach. He spent 11 years there from 1989 to 2000. Through this period of time, the baseball teams he trained piled up 10 College world series appearances, 4 National Championships, and helped 100 players get drafted.
Lastly, Rick spent 2003 to 2007 as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Loyola Marymount University. While there he helped lead the male and female athletic departments to win the Commissioners Cup as best athletic department combined in the West Coast Conference.
Rick is now back in his home town of Dixon California, consulting his knowledge and bringing new heights to our BPA program.
Catching & Hitting Coach
Pitching Coach & Strength Coach
Fielding & Hitting Coach
Coach with Seattle Mariners
Outfield Coach & Baserunning Coach