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Head Coach/Pitching Coach
Matt Wright has been named Head Coach for the Folsom Lake College baseball program. Coach Wright brings 11 years of collegiate coaching and playing experience to the Falcons.
Coach Wright started his playing career in the California Community College system at Shasta College in Redding, CA as an outfielder and pitcher. He played his final two seasons as a pitcher for Chico State in 1995 and 1996 for current University of Washington Head Coach, Lindsay Meggs. The 1996 Wildcats won a Northern California Athletic Conference championship and appeared in the NCAA Division II West Region championship game.
Beginning his coaching career at a young age, Coach Wright served as a graduate assistant at Chico State in 1997 under Meggs. Wright served as an assistant at Shasta College in 1998 and again as the pitching coach in 2001. Between those appointments, Wright was the pitching coach for New Mexico Highlands University under Head Coach Steve Jones, helping guide the Cowboys to a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship in 2000. After some time away from the game to complete school and work doing private lessons, Wright returned to Chico State in 2006 working with hitters and outfielders. Wright helped lead the 2006 Wildcats to the Division II College World Series and a spot in the national championship game. The Wildcats finished the season ranked second in the nation. In 2007 Wright served as an assistant at Sierra College in Rocklin, again working with hitters and outfielders. The Wolverines finished the season in the Elite Eight of the California State playoffs.
Coach Wright resides in the Roseville area with his wife Marie and children Sophie (5) and Finn (4).
Rich Gregory started his playing career in the California Community College system at West Valley College in Saratgoa, CA under Mike Perez. The following year he transferred to San Jose City College to play for Doug Robb as an outfielder where he earned All American honors. Following San Jose City College he attended California State University, Chico in 1997 and 1998 under Head Coach Lindsay Meggs. During his two years at Chico the Wildcats won the 1997 Division II National Championship and finished fourth in the 1998 National Championship. While at Chico State Rich was named to the All American Team in 1997 and 1998 and was the West Region Player of the Year in 1998. Following Chico he began his professional career with the Atlanta Braves followed by one year of Independent League Baseball. In 2011 Coach Gregory was elected to the Chico State Athletic Hall of Fame.
With his playing career coming to an end the passion for coaching baseball began with his first coaching job at San Jose City College under Doug Robb where he was the outfield and hitting coach in 2000 and 2001. After spending two years with San Jose City College Gregory was hired to coach at Chico State as the hitting and outfield coach under Lindsay Meggs for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2002 Gregory helped lead Chico State to the 2002 National Championship Game and finished the season ranked second in the country. Following the 2003 Season Gregory took some time away from the game to focus on family and life. Rich moved to Folsom in 2008 where he began coaching with Scott Seffens at Vista Del Lago High School in 2009.
Coach Gregory resides in the Folsom area with his wife Heather and children Mckenna (13), Rich Jr. (10) and Jack (7).
Jon Ray grew up in Vacaville, California where he attended Will C. Wood High School. Jon was a 3 year letterman and a 2 time 1st team all-league infielder. He then took his talents to Sacramento City College where the panthers finished as state finalists and as super regional runners up in his two years playing there. Jon played 2nd base, short stop, and 3rd base under Coach Andy McKay at Sac City College. After his Sac City playing days, Jon received a scholarship to play at Bacone College in Oklahoma. In his first year at Bacone Jon hit .422 which earned him a conference batting title and first team all Red River Conference honors.
After his playing days Jon pursued his dream of coaching. He started his coaching journey at Hard 90 Baseball academy in El Dorado Hills, where he still continues to coach to this day. Along with coaching at Hard 90 Baseball academy Jon has coached varsity baseball at Ponderosa High School in Shingle Springs and JV baseball at Vista Del Lago High school in Folsom, California.
Coach Jon lives in East Sacramento, with his miniature schnauzer Rocky.