2018 Caribbean Classic Coaching Staff
ANTHONY FERRO / HEAD COACH BUTTE COLLEGE
Coach Ferro returns for his fifteenth season as the head coach of the Butte College Roadrunners. In his first 14 years at the helm, his teams have compiled a record of 317-231-1. Under Coach Ferro’s fourteen years of leadership, the Roadrunner’s have accumulated twelve 20+ win seasons and have played in the postseason five out of the last seven years, most recently winning the Golden Valley Conference Championship in 2016.
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 ingrained in his players as they have proved extremely successful in the classroom while being a part of a winning baseball program. Eighteen of the twenty-eight players maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher last season with a team GPA of 3.06, and because of this commitment toward academics, the 2017 team was once again at the top of the Roadrunner Athletics Department chart for attendance at athletic study hall. This was the tenth 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 fourteen years on the job, he has placed over 113 players at Four-Year institutions. Ferro has boasted eleven Division-I players, including 2016 MVP Tevin Cadola to San Jose State and RHP Justin McMurtrey to Eastern Michigan. 2014 Player of the year Braxton Phillips attended Central Arkansas and 2011 Ace Pitcher Tanner McIntyre signed with Virginia Tech along with 2013 LHP JD Doran. Forty-two players have gone on to play at the Division II level and thirty-two 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, five Roadrunner Alumni have signed professional contracts. Most notably Michael Gleason (RHP) was drafted in the 34th round by the Boston Red Sox. Alberto Rolon (RHP) was a member of the 2009 Frontier League Championship team and Derrick Miramontes (RHP) is currently playing professional baseball in Mexico.
The 2017 season showed great individual success to go with the team’s overall success. Eric Schreter was selected Golden Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year. Sophomores Marcus Wilhite, and Taylor Greene along with Freshmen Walker Dodero and Connor Blair were all selected to the First Team All-Golden Valley Conference. Marcus Wilhite, Lane Pritchard and Dominic Visentin were selected to the Golden Valley All-Defensive team as well. Lastly, seven Roadrunners made the All-Academic Team.
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 (currently the head coach at UW). 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 his 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 has also spent 16 years as an associate scout in 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: twelve-year-old, Grace, and eight year old, Audrey. The Ferro family resides in Chico, California.
CHRIS COTA / HEAD COACH, COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS
Chris Cota enters his 18th season at the helm of the Cougars baseball program in 2018.
However, Cota actually began his career at College of the Canyons as right fielder for the Cougars in 1985 and 1986. He starred on the 1986 squad that won the state championship, the last COC team to accomplish that feat.
In 1986, he was drafted and signed by the Chicago White Sox. He played four seasons in the White Sox and California Angels organizations.
He served as an assistant coach under longtime head coach Len Mohney for 10 years before he was named as Mohney’s replacement after the 2000 season. Aside from Mohney himself, there are few coaches who can match Cota’s knowledge of the Cougar baseball tradition.
In his first season as coach of the Cougars, Cota guided the team to a 21-19 record as the club ended the 2001 season with a nine-game winning streak.
Over the past 17 seasons, Cota has amassed a 390-284-4 record and has captured the Western State Conference title five times, in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009 and most recently 2017. In each of these seasons, Cota was named WSC Coach of the year.
Cota, who graduated from nearby Saugus High School in 1983, received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from California State Northridge in 1994. He also received a master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on physical education, from Azusa Pacific in 1995.
Coach Cota By The Numbers
- 390 Victories as head coach at College of the Canyons
- 17 Seasons as the baseball coach at the College of the Canyons
- 5 Conference championships with College of the Canyons
- 25 Baseball players who have been drafted in the past 12 years
- 5 Conference Coach of the Year Awards
- 16 JC All-Americans under Coach Cota
- 23 All-State Player Honorees under Coach Cota
- 7 Conference Players of the Year under Coach Cota
James "Ken" Willis playing experience consist of playing divison I baseabll at Florida A&M and Savannah State University where he played as catcher and finished with batting average of a .314 his senior season.
His coaching career consisted of being a student assistant coach at Florida A&M University (2004) and a volunteer interim head coach at Savannah State University(Fall 2005). In 2010 he became the head coach of baseball at Sebastian River High School in Sebastian, FL. Where Coach Willis is still devoting his time diligently working and giving back today's youth.
Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach – Mission San Jose High School (2013-2015)
15+ years with Mission San Jose Little League – Fremont, CA
- 3 time “Manager of the Year” honors
- Held “Back 2 Basics” summer baseball clinics for 7+ years
- Managed / coached various age groups in both league and post season tournaments
- 2009 Junior All-Stars Western Regional Semi-Finalist - Aliso Viejo, CA (17-2 record)
- 2013 District 14 Big League All-Stars Western Regional Runner-Up - Bremerton, WA
- 2013 Big League team was one win away from qualifying for the World Series tournament in Easly, SC but was defeated in the finals by a very strong Southern California team
- Coached several players that went on to play high school, college, and a few blessed pros
Coached with travel ball teams: Fremont Reds, Dirty Sox, Stormz, and Fremont Fury
Enjoyed a brief J.C. baseball career at Chabot College under Coach Don Christianson ‘81
Graduate of Moreau High School ’80
- 1980 Catholic Athletic League Baseball Champs
- 1st team All-League Selections ’79 & ‘80
- 1st team All-South County ‘79
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica - Coach Wayne resides in Newark, CA with his wife, Lidia. They are the proud parents of 3 cats – Pilot, Shadow, and Sunny along with their beloved English Bully – Delilah!
“ It has been a true blessing to be able to coach these many young men and women by teaching ‘life’ through the game of baseball … the relationships developed and the memories shared will last a lifetime.”
Christian Jarreau Beatty was born September 28, 1988 in Winston-Salem, NC. He graduated from Glenn High School, Kernersville, NC. He moved on to attend North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University located in Greensboro, NC, where he majored in Business and catapulted his baseball career.
CJ’s accomplishments and accolades led him to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 26th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft from North Carolina A&T State University. He accredits some his life’s learned lessons of “Mental Toughness” from Albert Pujols, former first baseman of the St Louis Cardinals.
In addition to his baseball career CJ has expanded his talents to including Motivational Speaking and Life Coaching. He specializes in teaching and inspiring people to believe in themselves while staying focused and committing to fulfill each challenge they pursue. Since 2009, CJ has traveled around the country including Australia delivering powerful messages. His speaking engagements include, Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System Anti-Bullying Event, Wake Forest University Baseball Team, University of Virginia Football Team, Wheatmore High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Trinity, NC) and numerous others.