STEVE SCARSONE - MANAGER
Steve Scarsone joins the Sounds and becomes the 26th manager in the team's 38-year history. It will be his third consecutive season as the manager for Oakland's top minor league affiliate.
The 48-year old has been in the Oakland organization since 2009, holding managerial positions for Single-A Kane County, Advanced-A Stockton, Double-A Midland and most recently, Triple-A Sacramento. He also made stints with a pair of Arizona affiliates during the 2001-02 seasons, managing Single-A South Bend and Advanced-A Lancaster.
The Anaheim, California native began his playing career after being selected in the second round of the 1986 amateur draft by Philadelphia. After bouncing around the minor leagues, he made his Major League debut on May 15, 1992 with the Phillies. The infielder went on to play for five teams over seven different years with his best season coming in 1995 as a part of the San Francisco Giants (80 G, 11 HR, 29 RBI, .266). Scarsone played parts of four seasons in the Pacific Coast League, including Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha and Vancouver.
Scarsone compiled a .549 winning percentage over the last two years at Triple-A, posting a 79-65 record in both campaigns. He holds an all-time mark of 568-554 (.506) and has posted winning records in five of his eight seasons as a manager.
He resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two kids.
DON SCHULZE - PITCHING COACH
Don Schulze enters his first season as the pitching coach for Oakland's top minor league affiliate. It will be Schulze's tenth season as a pitching coach in the A's organization, most recently serving in the same position for the Double-A Midland RockHounds.
Schulze broke into the organization in 2006 as the pitching coach in the Oakland's Arizona Rookie League club. He followed it up by spending a pair of seasons with both Single-A Kane County and Advanced-A Stockton before joining the RockHounds.
Pitching improved every year at Midland under his watch. After recording the second-worst earned run average (4.92) in the Texas League during 2011, the RockHounds got better every year and finished 2014 with a 3.71 ERA. The Illnois-native has been a key component to the ascension of many young pitchers in the organization. He has overseen the young arms of A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily, Sonny Gray and Sean Doolittle, all who have gone on to reach the Major Leagues.
The former right-handed pitcher was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (11th pick) of the 1980 amateur draft. After making his Major League debut with the Cubbies on September 13, 1983, Schulze went on to appear with five different teams over the span of six seasons. He ended his playing career in 1989, finishing with a 15-25 record, 5.47 ERA and 144 strikeouts over 76 games. The right-hander made 59 starts and notched four complete games over his career.
WEBSTER GARRISON - HITTING COACH
Webster Garrison joins the Oakland A's top minor league affiliate for his first season as hitting coach. He spent 10 seasons with Double-A Midland, serving as a player-coach, hitting coach and manager. The former infielder is entering his 15th year as a either a manager or coach in the A's organization.
Garrison helped guide Midland to Texas League championship titles in 2005, 2009 and 2014. He was a part of five playoff runs at Double-A and also possessed a 147-133 managerial record during his two seasons in that role (2004 & 2008).
From 2011-13, Garrison manned the helm of the Advanced-A Stockton Ports, leading them to a pair of California League playoff appearances. Overall, the Louisiana-native has accrued a 534-522 managerial record throughout four different levels.
The 49-year old was selected in the second round of the 1983 amateur draft by Toronto. He compiled a 16-year playing career and made his Major League debut with Oakland on August 2, 1996. He appeared in five games with the Athletics, making only a short stint during the '96 season. In total, Garrison spent nine seasons as a player within the A's minor league system with his best year coming as a part of Triple-A Tacoma during the 1993 season.
BRAD LAROSA - ATHLETIC TRAINER
Brad LaRosa heads into his eighth season as the head athletic trainer for the Oakland A's top minor league affiliate. Prior to joining the Athletics, LaRosa spent five seasons at the Double-A level split between the St. Louis and Miami organizations.
He was awarded the Texas League Athletic Trainer of the Year in both 2006 and 2007 during his time with Springfield. LaRosa was also named the PBATS Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year in '07 and followed it up by working the Futures Game in 2008. Finally, in 2013, PBATS chose LaRosa as the top trainer in the Pacific Coast League.
Larosa is a certified member of the National Athletics Trainer Association and the Illinois Athletics Trainer Association. Licensed in Illinois and Missouri, he obtained both his bachelors and masters degrees in kinesiology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
LaRosa, his wife and their two daughters make their home in Illinois.
TERENCE BRANNIC - STRENGTH COACH
Terence Brannic enters his first season as the strength and conditioning coach with the top minor league affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. He broke into the organization in 2013, spending the first two seasons with Double-A Midland. His responsibilities include handling all day-to-day strength and conditioning for the club.