Franklin Font joins the A’s organization after spending 20 seasons in various coaching roles with the Chicago Cubs organization. From 2012-20, he served as a Major League staff assistant following a one-year stint as assistant hitting coach with the Major League team. Font was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Cubs in 1995 and played in six minor league seasons with the club. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Font resides in Mesa, Ariz., with his wife, Maria. He has three children, Veronica, Benjamin and Balentine, and one grandson, Franklin Jr.
Bryan Corey will return to Stockton as pitching coach, a role he previously held in 2018. He served as assistant pitching rehab coordinator last season and has also served as a pitching coach with the Vermont Lake Monsters (2017) and AZL A’s (2019-20). The Thousand Oaks native played five seasons in the majors before calling it a career after the 2008 season.
Kevin Kouzmanoff will take over as hitting coach for the Ports after spending last season in the same role with the RockHounds. The former big leaguer is in his fourth year with the organization. Kevin joins the staff after a highly successful Major League Baseball career. Kouzmanoff spent parts of 8 seasons playing for the Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, and Texas Rangers.
Eric Fasth enters his second season with the A’s, his first with Low-A Stockton. He previously served as assistant athletic trainer with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Prior to joining the Athletics, Fasth worked with the women’s ice hockey and rowing teams as the assistant athletic trainer at College of the Holy Cross from 2019-21, following stints with the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations.
The Boise, Idaho, native graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College (Ore.) and a master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Henderson, Nev.
Steven Thayer enters his first season with the Athletics after spending last season with the Giants as a sports performance coach in the Dominican Summer League.
Prior to his time in professional baseball, Thayer was a strength coach at Mater Dei High School where he oversaw strength and conditioning programs for multiple varsity sports. Additionally, Thayer spent time as an assistant strength coach for the Michigan State basketball and volleyball teams and as an intern with UC Berkeley football.
A native of San Ramon, Calif., Thayer graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has a master’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State University. He holds eight certifications in the strength and conditioning field.
Vic Zapien is returning for his 18th season as the Ports Clubhouse Manager. Zapien began his career with the Ports in 2003 as their bat boy and was promoted to Clubhouse Manager in 2004. Zapien has acted as the California League All-Star Team Clubhouse Manager three times in 2007, 2011, and 2013 and was honored with the California League Clubhouse Manager of the Year award three times in 2010, 2015, and 2017.
Zapien currently resides in Stockton with his daughter Amya Zapien, who you frequently see around the ballpark acting as his Clubhouse Assistant.