11/05/2015 10:33 PM
The Catching Academy team has gained three valuable members, as Catching Academy CEO, Brett Thomas is pleased to announce the hiring of Tony Arnerich, Kevin Stanley, and Katie Martinez.
Tony Arnerich, an instructor at the Catching Academy’s North Bay location, is highly respected as a catching coach in the Bay Area, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge for our athletes to learn from.
As a player, Arnerich attended Santa Rosa Junior College in his home town, before transferring to Texas Tech University (NCAA Div. 1; Big 12). His tenure with the Red Raiders led him to sign professionally with the Kansas City Royals in 2001, embarking on a 5-year career between the Royals and Florida Marlins organizations.
Tony launched his coaching career after retiring as a player after the 2005 season. He would spend seven years (2007-14) as an assistant coach at UC Berkeley (NCAA Div. 1; Pac-12), and helped lead the Golden Bears to the 2011 College World Series. Brett Thomas was a catcher for coach Arnerich at UC Berkeley.
Many players whom Tony has coached have gone on to professional careers, and we look forward to that legacy continuing at Catching Academy.
Kevin Stanley is another highly respected Bay Area catching coach, who becomes an instructor at Catching Academy, and possesses an outstanding resume as a player and coach.
Kevin was a four-year varsity starting catcher at Las Lomas High School (2004-07). His success led to him becoming a 45th round draft selection of the Florida Marlins in the 2007 MLB Draft. Kevin felt he was not ready for pro ball at that time, so he decided to attend Diablo Valley College, where he was a member of the 2009 team that made it to the Final Four of the California State Championship. Unfortunately, he sat out most of that season after having the first of two surgeries to his throwing shoulder. Kevin then transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he practiced and traveled with the 2011 team as their bullpen catcher, while continuing to rehab from his second shoulder surgery. He was never able to fully recover from his injuries, which ended his playing career, but allowed him the opportunity to begin his coaching career at a young age.
As a coach Kevin has been a part of many winning programs, and for the past three years has been the catching coach at College Park High School (Pleasant Hill, CA) helping the team win a Division 2 NCS Title in 2014, and a Division 1 NCS Title in 2015. In his career, Kevin has coached six catchers that would go on to play NCAA Div. 1 or professional baseball.
Katie Martinez is a highly regarded Bay Area personal trainer and wellness coach who joins Catching Academy as Yoga and Wellness Coach.
Katie brings an athletic background to yoga and wellness having played soccer at Cal graduating in 2008. She introduces several forms of yoga to Catchers Academy athletes through her business, ‘Radiate with Kate’, to help catchers gain maximum flexibility, mobility, and endurance to improve their capabilities and performance behind the plate.
Katie also teaches wellness and promotes nutritional information for our catchers.
Katie’s ‘Radiate With Kate’ holds multiple yoga and boot-camp classes on the peninsula and is highly recommended to people of all ages to help get into the ultimate shape. Visit her website at www.radiatewithkate.com.
We are excited about the contributions that each of these individuals will bring to Catching Academy, and would like to welcome them to our team!