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Brett Thomas
CEO & Founder
Lead Instructor

Brett Thomas built The Catching Academy on a passion for the catching position.  Brett jumped into coaching immediately following his playing career at UC Berkeley (NCAA Div. 1; Pac-12) and has coached at all levels including Division 1, Junior College and High School where he has always been responsible for coaching and developing catchers.   Thomas currently works with nearly 50 catchers of all ages all over the Bay Area and has produced many catchers that have gone on to play Division 1 of professional baseball

Tony Arnerich

Tony Arnerich is highly respected as a catching coach in the Bay Area, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our athletes.

Arnerich played collegiately at 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, and many catchers to play for Tony have gone on to professional careers.

Kevin Stanley

Kevin Stanley is another highly respected Bay Area catching coach who possesses an outstanding resume as a player and coach.

Kevin was a four-year varsity starting catcher at Las Lomas High School (2004-07), and his success there led to his 45th round draft selection by the Florida Marlins in the 2007 MLB Draft.  Kevin then elected to play collegiately at Diablo Valley College, where he was a member of the 2009 DVC team that reached the Final Four of the California State Championship.

Kevin transferred to UC Santa Barbara (NCAA Div. 1; Big West) where he practiced and travelled with the team as bullpen catcher in 2011, while rehabbing from his second shoulder surgery.

Injuries ultimately cut short his playing career, but enabled Kevin to begin his coaching career at a young age.  He has been on the coaching staff of many winning programs, including being the catching coach at College Park High School (Pleasant Hill, CA) for the past three years, where he helped them win a Division 2 NCS Title in 2014, and a Division 1 NCS Title in 2015.

Six catchers who have played for coach Stanley have gone on to play Division 1 or professional baseball.

Marcus Mastrobuoni

Marcus Mastrobuoni is a Livermore native who brings seasonal instruction during his offseasons. 

Marcus attended Granada High School before going to San Joaquin Delta College where he started and earned a scholarship to Cal State Stanislaus, where he was a two time All-Region selected.  After his senior seasion Marcus was drafted in the 25th Round by the Chicago Cubs.  Marcus is currently on the Eugene Emeralds in the Northwest League.

Katie Martinez
Yoga and Wellness Instructor

Katie brings Yoga to The Catching Academy via her business Radiate with Kate.  Katie uses different forms of Yoga to help catchers gain maximum flexibility, mobility, and endurance to help catchers improve their ability behind the plate.  Katie also teaches wellness and promotes nutritional information for our catchers.  Katie teaches multiple yoga and bootcamp classes on the peninsula and is highly recommended to people of all ages to help get into the ultimate shape. 

Check out her website at www.radiatewithkate.com