Barons Coaching Staff Announced

Updated: May 29, 2016

The Academy Barons coaching staff features a slue of former big-league players who have turned their focus to player development.

Manager Kenny Landreaux spent 11 years in the big leagues, a majority of which was spent playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Landreaux was a member of the Dodgers 1981 World Series-winning team. His career began when the California Angels selected him sixth overall in the 1976 draft. Landreaux played with the Angels for two years before being traded to the Minnesota Twins. While with the Twins, Landreaux recorded a hit in a franchise record 31 consecutive games and earned himself all-star status the same year. Landreaux also played in two College World Series during his time at Arizona State University and graduated from Dominguez High School in Compton.

Coach James Bishop played professional baseball both domestically and internationally for 13 years. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 1981 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Bishop graduated from Lynwood High School.

Coach Lorenzo Gray spent parts of two seasons playing third base for the Chicago White Sox and a total of 11 years playing professional baseball. He was drafted by the White Sox in the eighth round of the 1976 draft. Gray is a graduate of Lynwood High School.

Pitching coach Darrell Jackson pitched for five years as a member of the Minnesota Twins. He was drafted by the Twins in the ninth round of the 1977 draft. During his first start in the minors, Jackson threw a no-hitter through nine innings before being relieved. Jackson also played in three College World Series during his career at Arizona State University. He graduated from Locke High School in Los Angeles.

Catching instructor Jonathan Kazarian rounds out the coaching staff. In addition to coaching the Barons for five years, Kazarian also coaches at Bethesda University of California.

In addition to coaching the Barons, the coaches have also spent years working alongside youth and high school players hosting workouts at the Academy.

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