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.
assistant head coach - pitching
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.
Rick Becker, MS, ATC, CSCS, CES
Rick Becker is a NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer. Rick began his athletic training education at Diablo Valley College in 2004 before transferring to Cal State Fullerton where he graduated magna cum laude receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training. As a Bay Area native, Rick returned to Northern California in 2014 to begin his Junior College career at DVC before joining Laney College in fall 2017.
As a graduate student at California University, Rick earned a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science focusing his efforts on rehabilitative sciences and corrective exercise. Rick has a strong focus on manual therapy and a philosophy in treating the whole body, rather than simply addressing the pathology, in the preventative effort to reduce the occurrence of overuse injury related to sport.
Rick’s vision as an athletic trainer is to blend his education and training with clinical expertise, knowledge of current research, and patient expectations to create a pathway providing the best possible health care for the Laney College student-athlete population.