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Erick Raich, Head Coach                                                      

Coach Raich returns for his fourth year at the helm for the Dons. In his first two years at De Anza College, Raich led the program to back to back playoff appearances and third place finishes in the Golden Gate Coast Conference. In addition to the success on the field, his 2017 squad was awarded by the American Baseball Coaches Association the Team Academic Excellence Award. In his three years as the head coach at De Anza College, Raich has sent 23 players onto the 4-year level to continue their playing careers, along with 28 players total moving on to continue their education at 4-Year institutions.

Prior to coming to De Anza College, Raich was the Head Baseball Coach at Palo Alto High School. During his five year tenure at Palo Alto High School Coach Raich helped guide the Vikings to four league titles and their first ever CCS Championship in 2011. In addition to coaching, Raich was an associate scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers organization for four years.

Raich went to Saratoga High School where he played both football and baseball. During his time at Saratoga he was a two time 1st Team all-league selection along with an All Mercury News selection in baseball. From Saratoga, he moved onto play at West Valley College as an outfielder and was part of two Coast Conference Championships in 2001 and 2002.

Raich is a 2016 graduate of Concordia University - Irvine receiving his bachelors degree in Liberal Arts. Currently, Raich lives in Los Gatos, CA and is completing his masters degree from Fresno Pacific University.

Coaching Experience:
Head Coach - De Anza Community College: 2015 - Present
Head Coach - Palo Alto High School: 2010 - 2014
Assistant Coach - West Valley College: 2005 - 2008
Head Director - California Club Baseball: 2005 - Present
 
Awards: Mercury News Coach of the Year (2010)
               Daily News Coach of the Year (2010, 2011)
 
 

John Buchman, Assistant Coach & Pitching Coach

Coach Buchman is back for his second season with the Dons as their assistant pitching coach. Buchman played for the Dons in 2014-2015 and was an instrumental part of the turn around of the De Anza baseball program helping lead them to the playoffs in 2015. After his career at De Anza College, Buchman moved on to for Coach Jake McKinley at Menlo College as a relief pitcher. Buchman is a recent graduate of Menlo College receiving his bachelors degree in marketing and currently resides in Woodside, CA.

 

Kris Hesenflow, Recruiting Director

Coach Hesenflow returns to De Anza College for his fourth season as an assistant coach. Hesenflow has been instrumental in the turn around of the baseball program helping guide the Dons to top 20 rankings over the past three years.

Prior to De Anza College, Hesenflow came from Palo Alto High School where he served as associate head coach and pitching coach. Prior to Palo Alto, Hesenflow was the pitching coach at Willow Glen High School where his pitching staff lead the Central Coast Section with the lowest ERA and Wins. Before his time at Willow Glen, Hesenflow was the head assistant coach at his alma mater Prospect High School. During his summers Kris helps run CCB which is one of the top college development programs in the country.

As a player, Kris was a two time all-league performer at Prospect High School and was an All Mercury News selection. From Prospect, Kris moved onto play at West Valley College as a pitcher and was part of the 2001 Coast Conference Championship Team that year.

Hesenflow currently resides in Sunnyvale, CA.

Coaching Experience:
Associate Head Coach - De Anza Community College: 2015 - Present
Associate Head Coach - Palo Alto High School: 2013 - 2014
Pitching Coach - Willow Glen High School: 2009 - 2012
Assistant Head Coach - Prospect High School: 2004 - 2008
 
Awards: Assistant Coach - CCB Legends Colt World Series Champions (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

 

Brian "Boomer" Richer, Assistant Coach

Boomer returns back to the Don's for his fourth year as an Assistant Coach. In his first year, Boomer helped lead the Don's to their first playoff appearance in fifteen years. Along the way, Boomer worked with hitters and did a tremendous job developing catchers .

Boomer comes to De Anza College from Los Altos High School where he was the Head Assistant Coach. Prior to Los Altos, Boomer was an Assistant Coach at West Valley College from 2009 - 2013 where he assisted with catchers and hitters.

As a player, Boomer played for Coach Steve Beaulieu at Santa Teresa High School where he was an all-league Performer. After his time at Santa Teresa he went onto play at West Valley College and was part of the 2006 Coast Conference Championship Team.

Boomer is a 2010 graduate of San Jose State University receiving his bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Currently, Boomer lives in San Jose, CA

Coaching Experience:
Assistant Coach - De Anza Community College: 2015 - Present
Head Assistant Coach - Los Altos High School: 2013 - 2014
Assistant Coach - West Valley College: 2009 - 2013
 
 

Rick Raich, Bench Coach

Coach Rick "Papa" Raich brings his wealth of knowledge to the De Anza College Baseball Program. Rick has spent almost his entire life on a baseball diamond. Rick has had tenures at Santa Clara University, San Jose City College, West Valley College, Mission College, Saratoga High School and now completing the cycle coming to De Anza College.

Rick's experience and passionate love for the game helps teach players the physical fundamentals and mental toughness required to succeed. He credits these attributes to retired Hall of Fame Coach, John Oldham who he played and coached for at San Jose City College and Santa Clara University.

Rick played his high school ball for Willow Glen High School in San Jose. From there he moved onto play at San Jose City College and Fresno State. After his prep career Rick was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition to his 25+ years of coaching, Rick is a partner/founder of Matusich and Raich Property Management and Real Estate Investments which he has been servicing the Santa Clara Valley for 40 years. Along with that he has been a member of the Los Gatos Rotary Club for 20 years.

Coaching Experience:
Assistant/Pitching Coach - San Jose City
Assistant/Pitching Coach - Santa Clara University
Assistant/Pitching Coach - West Valley College
Assistant Coach - Mission College
Head Coach - Saratoga High School 
Assistant Coach - Palo Alto High School
 
Awards: Head Coach - CCS D2 Champions (1999)
               Mercury News Coach of the Year (1999)
 
 

Robbie Deauville, Team Manager

 
Robbie has been Team Manager for the De Anza Dons since 2012. Prior to coming to De Anza College, Robbie was the Team Manager for San Jose City College. Robbie attended Branham High School and currently lives in San Jose, CA. 
 


Baseball Building: PE 41-F
Contact: Erick Raich
Phone: 408.864.8783
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Last Updated: 9/9/17