Head Baseball Coach
Coach Ferro returns for his twelfth season as the head coach of the Butte College Roadrunners Baseball Team. Coach Ferro’s first 12 years at the helm have proved extremely successful, as Ferro’s teams have compiled a winning record of 242-191-1. During the 2014 season the team was ranked as high as #12 in the Northern California Coaches Poll and remained in the Top 20 for the entire season. Under Coach Ferro’s twelve years of leadership, the Roadrunner’s have accumulated nine 20+ win seasons.
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 eighty percent of Coach Ferro’s freshmen maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher last season, and because of this commitment toward academics, the 2014 team was once again at the top of the Roadrunner Athletics Department chart for attendance at athletic study hall. This was the eighth 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 ten years on the job, he has placed a total of 71 players at Four-Year institutions. Ferro has boasted nine Division-I players, including 2014 Player of the year Braxton Phillips to Central Arkansas and 2013 Ace Pitcher Tanner McIntyre & 2013 LHP JD Doran who signed with Virginia Tech, thirty Division II players, and twenty-three more who have gone on to play at NAIA Universities. In addition, five ex-Roadrunners have had the opportunity to play in the College World Series. 2012 graduate Tyler Molder (York College), 2011 graduate Alec Abend (York College) & 2007 graduate Chris Cooper (Azusa Pacific) all 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 2014 season showed great individual success to go with the team’s overall success. Braxton Phillips was named the Golden Valley Player of the Year and signed with Division I Central Arkansas University. Braxton was also named to the All Region and All State teams as well as being named second team All American. Freshman Nick Carney and Latrell Harris earned first team all-Golden Valley Conference. Infielder Drake Richie, freshman Left Handed Pitcher Keifer Sivret and freshman Relief Pitcher Mitch Fox all earned second team honors as well. Coach Ferro also coached Latrell Harris and Sean-David Clark to Golden Valley All Defensive team as well.
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 sixteenth 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 daughters: nine-year-old, Grace, and five-year- old, Audrey. The Ferro family resides in Chico, California.
Associate Head Coach
Brian Thomas will begin his eighth year at Butte College serving as the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Coach “BT” is also the programs 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 eight years has been 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 four summers including an American Legion World Series trip this past summer.
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 and have welcomed the birth of their first child, son Jackson, this offseason.
Coach Pena returns for his second season with the Butte College baseball team as an assistant coach. His primary duties will be to work with the outfield, hitters, assist with recruiting and coach first-base. He will also assist in all other aspects of the program.
The Fall River Mills native 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 went on to play independent professional baseball for the Las Vegas Train Robbers, an Independent Professional team in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball and the Vallejo Admirals of the Pacific Association. “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 Angelo will begin his first season with Butte College baseball team as an assistant coach. His primary duties will be to work with the position players, both on fielding, hitting and he will also assist with recruiting.
Born in Walnut Creek California, Jacob spent his high school years at Sierra high in Manteca before moving to Chico to start his collegiate career. Angelo played for Coach Ferro during the 2010 and 2012 seasons while medical redshirting in 2011. Angelo started at both shortstop and second base in his two years as a roadrunner.
After Butte, he attended Culver-Stockton College on scholarship. As a junior, Jacob started at second and played every game before going down with a major knee injury. As a senior, he also started every game playing the majority of the season at second base helping lead the Wildcats to a NAIA Super Regional appearance while winning Second Team All-Conference honors.
Jacob graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 2014 with a B.S Degree in Sport Management and plans on pursuing his Master’s.