Brogna joins the Ports for his first season in the Oakland Athletics system. Brogna played nine seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Atlanta Braves. Brogna was drafted in the first round (26th) by the Detroit Tigers in the 1988 MLB Draft. After his playing career, he spent one season as a minor league manager with the Arizona Diamondbacks, one season managing in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, and spent time in the front office with the Los Angeles Angels.
Pitching Coach Chris Smith will enter his second season as a coach, but is no stranger to the Athletics organization. Originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 2002, Smith spent time in the Brewers, Mariners, and Padres organizations before signing a Minor League contract that landed him with the A's in 2015. Smith was added to the A's 40-man roster in 2016 and pitched in Oakland during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
Francisco Santana will enter his first season as the hitting coach of the Ports. Santana spent the 2019 season with the Arizona A’s and spent the previous two seasons in the Dominican Republic complex with the A’s as the outfield and baserunning coach. He played five years in the New York Yankees organization, recording 12 homers and 100 RBI in 237 career MiLB games.
Craig Conklin joins the Ports as the assistant hitting coach. Conklin spent the 2019 season as a coach with the Las Vegas Aviators and the four seasons prior as the Southern California Area scout for the A’s.
Guild will join the Ports for his first season in 2021, having spent the past two seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Prior to joining the A’s, Guild was the strength and conditioning coach at Keene High School. A graduate of Keene State College, Guild has also served as the Next College Student Athlete New Hampshire State Director.
Jake Routhier will serve as the athletic trainer for the Stockton Ports after serving in the same capacity in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. Routhier previously worked as an intern for the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.
Vic Zapein is returning for his 16th 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 Claifornia League Clubhouse Manager of the Year award three times in 2010, 2015 and 2017.
Zapien currently resides in Stockton with his daughter Amya Zapein, who you frequently see around the ballpark acting as his Clubhouse Assistant.