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Adam Ricks Added To Baseball Staff

Sep 30, 2020
Northern California native and former professional player Adam Ricks has joined the Cal Baseball coaching staff ahead of the 2021 season.

BERKELEY – Northern California native and former professional baseball player Adam Ricks has joined the Cal baseball program as a volunteer assistant coach. Ricks' addition completes head coach Mike Neu's coaching staff ahead of the 2021 season.
Ricks assumes the role previously held by Matt Flemer, who was elevated to a full-time assistant coach position in August.
"Adam is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff and will bring great knowledge of the game to our program," Neu said. "His experience with playing in two College World Series as well as playing and coaching at the professional level gives our student-athletes the opportunity to learn from someone who has succeeded at every level."
A native of San Ramon, Calif., Ricks spent eight seasons (2004-11) in the Chicago White Sox's minor-league system, including three at Triple-A Charlotte, after the organization drafted him in the 10th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft from the University of Miami. As a pro, Ricks amassed 438 games played and tallied more than 300 hits and 150 runs batted in. Following his playing career, Ricks spent another six seasons on the White Sox's major-league staff as a bullpen catcher.
Ricks co-founded Total Player Development (TPD) Baseball, a Bay Area developmental resource that focuses on all facets of the game – hitting, fielding, catching, pitching, mental skills, strength & conditioning, flexibility and mobility – in August 2019. Since leaving the White Sox organization in late 2017, Ricks has also managed the Danville Hoots 17U prospect team and served as an instructor with Mike Murphy Baseball in Walnut Creek.
"As a Bay Area native, I'm extremely excited to join the Cal baseball program," Ricks said. "I've always been a fan of the Bears and I really look forward to helping these student-athletes get better and to contribute to the program's continued success."
Ricks enjoyed success as a player at the collegiate level, playing two seasons at Sacramento City College before transferring to Miami, where he helped the Hurricanes win 96 total games and appear in back-to-back College World Series (2003-04). His trajectory was similar to Neu, who also played at both Sacramento City College and Miami in the late 1990s.
Ricks owns a degree in Management from the University of Phoenix.
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