Head Baseball Coach
Coach Ferro returns for his tenth season as the head coach of the Butte College Roadrunners Baseball Team. Coach Ferro’s first nine years at the helm have proved extremely successful, as Ferro’s teams have compiled a winning record of 204-156-1. During the 2012 season, not only did Ferro achieve his 200th win but the team was ranked as high as #11 in the Northern California Coaches Poll and remained in the Top 20 for the entire season. Ferro has now compiled eight consecutive seasons of 20+ wins.
Coach Ferro remains committed to his goal of having a complete program that produces not only quality baseball players, but quality people as well. Ferro believes that success in the classroom is mandatory for the players in this program and he is committed to helping his players move toward earning a college degree. This attitude is engrained in his players as they have proved extremely successful in the classroom while being a part of a winning baseball program. Over seventy five percent of Coach Ferro’s freshmen maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher last season, and because of this commitment toward academics, the 2012 team was once again at the top of the Roadrunner Athletics Department chart for attendance at athletic study hall. This was the fifth straight year the baseball team was at the top.
As a Result of Ferro’s attitude toward excellence, nearly every sophomore has graduated and moved on to a Four-Year University to not only continue education, but to continue their dreams of playing baseball at the next level. In Ferro’s nine years on the job, he has placed a total of 64 players at Four-Year institutions. Ferro has boasted seven Division-I players, including 2011 Ace Pitcher Tanner McIntyre who signed with Virginia Tech, twenty-nine Division II players, and twenty more who have gone on to play at NAIA Universities. In addition, three ex-Roadrunners have had the opportunity to play in the College World Series. 2007 graduate Chris Cooper (Azusa Pacific) played in the NAIA World Series, 2005 graduate, Josh Tavelli (UC Irvine) made it to the Division I College World Series, and Jacinto Rivera, (California State University, Los Angeles) also a 2005 graduate played in the Division II College World Series. Lastly, three Roadrunner Alumni have signed professional contracts. Most recently Michael Gleason (RHP) was drafted in the 34th round by the Boston Red Sox. Alberto Rolon (RHP), a member of the 2009 Frontier League Championship team and Derrick Miramontes (RHP) are playing independent professional baseball.
The 2012 season once again showed great individual success to go with the team’s overall success. 3 Roadrunners were selected 1st Team All-Conference, and another 4 were chosen as 2nd Team All-Conference Selections. Additionally, Quentin Rocha was selected to the Golden Valley Conference All-Academic Team, and two players, Rocha (OF) and Jake Angelo (INF) were recognized at the Presidents Athletic Academic luncheon. At season’s end 4 Roadrunners signed letters of intent to play at the next level; University of Nebraska at Kearney, Culver-Stockton, and York College.
Before returning to the Butte program as Head Coach, Ferro spent parts of two seasons as an assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator under Lindsey Meggs at Chico State. Ferro was an intricate part of the Wildcats 2002 campaign where the team finished with an impressive 55-10 mark and was the National runners up in the Division II College World Series. Prior to coaching at Chico State, Ferro was the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Cal State Stanislaus from 2000-2001.
Prior to Ferro’s jump to NCAA baseball, Ferro spent four years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Butte. During that time, Ferro was also the head coach of the Chico Stix semi-professional baseball team. Ferro is also beginning his fifteenth year of professional scouting as an associate scout for the Milwaukee Brewers Organization.
A native of Woodland, California, Ferro received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education in 1997 from Cal State University, Chico, and a Master’s degree in teaching pedagogy in the year 2000. Anthony and his wife, Sarah, have two children: seven-year-old, Grace, and three-year- old, Audrey. The Ferro family resides in Chico, California.
Associate Head Coach
Brian Thomas will begin his sixth year at Butte College serving as the pitching coach. He brings a plethora of baseball knowledge to the Roadrunner staff. Brian was the closer at Chico State in 2002 where coach Ferro was the infield coach. “I am absolutely thrilled to have Coach Thomas running our staff, I thoroughly enjoyed coaching Brian at the collegiate level and now enjoy working with him on the field,” said Coach Ferro. Working with him the last four years is awesome!
Born in Ford Ord. California, Brian spent his high school years at West Torrance High school, located in Los Angeles. At West High he was a standout baseball player, selected to the first team All-Area squad for two years (with an over all record of 20-2). Brian then attended Los Angeles Harbor College where he made the Southern California All-Star team. He then signed a letter of intent to play at Chico State University. In his two years at Chico Brian received All-American honors as well as Co-MVP. After Chico Coach Thomas then played one year of professional baseball with the Yuma Bullfrogs in the WBL. Coach BT has been the pitching coach for the Chico Nuts American Legion program for the last three summers.
Coach “BT” graduated in 2006 from Chico State University, Chico with a B.A. in Kinesiology. He is currently working at Butte College as the equipment specialist in the Physical Education department. Brian and his wife Brandy reside in Chico, CA.
Coach Pena will begin his first season with the Butte College baseball team as an assistant coach. His primary duties will be to work with the infielders, bunters, assist with recruiting and coach first-base. He will also assist in all other aspects of the program.
Michael played for coach Ferro during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. While starting the majority of his games at short, he also split time between second and third base.
After Butte, he attended Culver-Stockton College on scholarship. As a junior, Michael started at second and helped lead the Wildcats to a National Ranking, a Heart of America Conference Championship, and a NAIA Super Regional appearance while winning Second Team All-Conference honors. As a senior he started at third base and played every inning for the Wildcats while taking home First Team All Heart Of America Athletic Conference honors. Michael has recently finished playing for the Las Vegas Train Robbers, an Independent Professional team in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball. “Michael is one of my all-time favorite players! He loves the game and will fit in perfectly with our coaching staff, said Coach Ferro.”
Michael graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 2013 with a B.S Degree in Sports Management and plans on pursuing his Master's.
Coach Vetting is entering his second season as an assistant coach at Butte College. Joe’s primary responsibilities will be working with the catchers and hitters while assisting in day-to-day operations. Prior to Butte Joe was a two-year assistant at Chico State and spent 2011 coaching at Dixon HS.
Joe was born in Denver, CO and grew up in Dixon, CA where he was a four-year starter at the varsity level for Coach Sergio Martinez. He was named all-league honorable mention in his sophomore and junior seasons and was all-league his senior year. Coach Vetting then moved onto Sacramento City College where he red shirted before transferring to Napa Valley College. He played two seasons under Coach Bob Fresci and was named the starting catcher his sophomore season but broke his hand 18 games in. Joe then walked-on at Chico State but was unable to play an inning due to multiple knee surgeries.
Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Chico State and would eventually like to get his Master’s degree.