Coaching staff

Laney Baseball Head Coach

Francisco Zapata

head coach

Coach Zapata hails from San Francisco's Mission High School where he was a three time All-City and 1990 AAA player of the year. Coach Zapata continued his playing days at Laney College under legendary Coach Tom Pearse, who was in his final head coaching season in1993. In his sophomore year, he earned 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Northern California and 1st Team All-American honors as the Eagles third baseman. The Eagles reached the California State Final Four Tournament finishing third in the state.

dustin cheyne

assistant head coach - pitching


Laney Baseball Assistant Coach Bautista

jordan bautista

assistant coach - infield/baserunning


Javier Alvarez

Assistant Coach - Catching

Strength and Conditioning Coach Brian Hernandez.jpg

brian hernandez

strength & Conditioning coach

Coach Hernandez was hired in 2014 to serve as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the athletic teams. Prior to arriving at Laney College, Coach Hernandez spent four years (2008-2012) as the Head Strength & Conditioning coach at Cal State East Bay where he began working with the women’s soccer team as a volunteer strength coach from 2009-2010, and was officially added to the women’s soccer staff in the fall of 2010. Coach Hernandez also worked with athletes from the Pioneer Women’s Basketball (2011-12), Baseball (2010) and Softball (2010-2012) teams, respectively during his time at Cal State East Bay. Prior to his time at Cal State East Bay, Coach Hernandez had stops as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Diablo Valley College, in the Minnesota Twins Minor League system, and Saint Mary’s College of California.

Coach Hernandez started as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in a private sports performance program at NovaCare Physical Therapy (2002-2004), where he worked with elite, collegiate and high school level athletes in the East Bay, while also working as a Physical Therapy Aide assisting therapists with patient care and rehab. Coach Hernandez graduated from Cal State Hayward in 2007 with a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from San Francisco State University in 2001. Coach Hernandez began his college baseball career at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA, where he was member of the LMC baseball team from 1995-1997, swerving as a utility player (1B/C/DH); he was named a team captain in 1997. Coach Hernandez also earned is A.A. degree in 1997.