Chinooks Coaching Staff

 

 
 Travis Akre – Field Manager
Akre begins his first season as the Field Manager after completing his sixth season as the head coach for Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, IA after two years as an assistat with nationally-ranked Scottsdale Community College in 2012-13.  Akre also has gained valuable experience as a coach and executive for the Arizona Collegiate Wood Bat League.  In his career, Akre has coached 11 players who have been selected in the Major League Baseball Draft and a total of 22 players who have played professionally.  Additionally, Akre has coached 15 All-Region players while being at Ellsworth. In 2017 ECC’s Travis Miller was selected as All-District performer and 3rd Team NJCAA All-American.

Akre has earned his way up the coaching ladder with hard work after a playing career that included stops at Anoka Ramsey Community College in 1999 and Ellsworth Community College in 2000, before finishing his playing career at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.  Born in Decorah, IA, and a graduate of Winona Senior High School in Winona, MN, Akre holds a bachelor’s degree in Education/Exercise Science from Buena Vista University, and currently resides in Iowa Falls, IA

 

 Jerry A’Hearn – Pitching Coach

A’Hearn will mentor the Chinook pitching staff after his sixth year as an assistant coach for Central Arizona College where  his primary roles include coaching the pitchers, coordinating the program’s strength and conditioning and serving as recruiting coordinator.  In his first five years at CAC his pitching staff has earned 11 ALL ACCAC selections, 12 players have been drafted, 20 signed with DI schools and one All- American (Grant Townsend).  In 2017, the CAC pitching staff broke the school record for strikeouts in a season (588).  After playing for CAC in 2008 and 2009, the Tuscon, AZ native competed at Cameron University in Oklahoma where he earned in degree in Sports Fitness Management.

John Hasser – Bench Coach

Hasser returns for his second season as the team’s bench coach and will provide valuable NWL experience to Akre’s first staff.   In his seventh year as an assistant coach for Augie Schmidt at Carthage College after playing his senior season with the Red Men in 2011, Hasser has Northwoods League experience as a member of the 2010 Green Bay Bullfrogs. John also has managed youth teams for the Hitters Academy out of Racine. He has worked with many players at Hitters that have gone on to play Division 1 college baseball. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Hasser attended Wisconsin-Parkside for three years before transferring to Carthage, where he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s in public relations.

   Matt Risdon – Hitting Coach

Risdon will join the Chinook staff after his third season as  a member of Ryan Brownlee’s coaching staff at Western Illinois University where he also competed for two years with the Leathernecks.   Risdon first worked as the Director of Baseball Operations after graduating in 2014, and in 2016-17 year moved into the Graduate Assistant role. He works with the catchers, hitting, assists with on- and off-campus recruiting, and coordinates all youth and prospect camps.  A native of Mundelein, IL, Risdon first played at Kishwaukee College where he earned All-Region honors and the Kishwaukee athlete of the Year.