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2022 Las Vegas Aviators Triple-A Field Staff

Fran Riordan - Manager

BORN: 8/25/75 - Virginia Beach, VA

AVIATORS SUMMARY: Fran Riordan, on November 8, 2018, was named the 25th manager in the history of the Las Vegas franchise (1983 - present, 39 calendar seasons).

CAREER SUMMARY: He has recorded 21 seasons overall in professional baseball and has been a member of the Oakland Athletics organization for the past seven seasons (2015-21). Riordan has compiled an overall managerial record over 20 seasons of 1,089-1,043 (.511).

2021: Riordan guided the Aviators to an overall record of 65-61 (.516) in Triple-A West (Western Division) and finished in third place.

2020: With the Minor League Baseball season canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riordan worked with the Athletics' 60-man player pool at the team's alternate training site located in San Jose, California. 2019: He was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year and led Triple-A Las Vegas to the second-best record in the 16-team PCL (83-57, .593) and a Pacific Southern Division Championship. Las Vegas returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and lost to Sacramento, 3-games-to-2, in the conference championship series. The Aviators' record marked a single-season franchise record for winning percentage at .593 (140-game season).

2018: He made his Triple-A debut as manager with the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League and compiled an overall record of 72-68 (.514) and finished in second place in the American Southern Division behind the PCL and Triple-A National Champion, the Memphis Redbirds. Nashville compiled a PCL-best 15-game winning streak from July 29 - August 14. 2017: He compiled a record of 67-71 (.486) with Double-A Midland and his squad captured the Texas League Championship. The prior two seasons, he was the skipper of Single-A Beloit of the Midwest League (2015-16). Before joining the Oakland organization, Riordan spent four seasons as manager of the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League (2011-14). He led the team to two playoff berths and is the all-time Frontier League leader in wins with 625. He was a 2014 Frontier League Hall of Fame inductee. Prior to his time with Florence, he managed the Northern League's Lake County Fielders (2010) and Kalamazoo Kings for six seasons (2004-09), leading the Kings to the 2005 Frontier League title. He was named the 2008 Frontier League Manager of the Year. He also served as player-manager in the Frontier League from 2000-02, leading the Richmond Roosters to back-to-back-league championships in 2001 and 2002.

PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: The first baseman/outfielder played seven seasons of professional baseball in the Frontier League with Richmond (1997-98, 2001-02), Dubois County (1999-2000) and North Shore (2003). He appeared in 501 career games and batted .281 (525-for-1,869) with 95 doubles, 11 triples, 55 home runs and 349 RBI. He was a three-time All-Star (first base) from 2000-02 and hit a career-high .314 with Dubois County (2000) and Richmond (2002). He established career-highs in home runs (14) in 2001 and RBI (81) in 2002.

PERSONAL: Francis Peter Riordan (pronounced REAR-den) resides in Buffalo, New York. The Virginia Beach, Virginia, native attended Canisius High School in Buffalo and played college baseball at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Fran, 46, and his wife, Cassie, have three children: Brooke, Sadie and Trent.

Brian McArn - Hitting Coach

BORN: 9/19/68 - Davis, CA

CAREER SUMMARY: McArn begins his 24th season overall in the Oakland Athletics organization. He returns to Triple-A Las Vegas for his second season. He will serve as hitting coach and was the assistant hitting coach for the Aviators in 2021.

MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He had three stints as hitting coach for Single-A Stockton of the California League for a total of seven seasons (2011-12, 2014-15, 2018-2020); Double-A Midland of the Texas League hitting coach for four seasons (2004, 2013, 2016-17); Triple-A Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League for six seasons (2005-10); the A's former Single-A affiliate in Modesto of the California League where he served as hitting coach for six seasons (1998-2003). Prior to joining the A's organization, McArn spent one season as the hitting coach for Single-A Vermont of the New York-Penn League. He has been a minor league coach for a total of 24 seasons. He began his coaching career at American River Junior College in Sacramento, where he served as assistant coach.

PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: McArn was selected by the Athletics in the 26th round of June 1991 First-Year Player Draft. He spent two seasons in the A's organization before injuries ended his career in 1992.

PERSONAL: Brian D. McArn. He is a graduate of Davis High School (CA) and attended the University of Nebraska and Sacramento City College. He makes his offseason home in Elk Grove, Calif., with his wife, Cancy, and four children: Brian, Bryson, Brevon and Braydon.

Steve Connelly - Pitching Coach

BORN: 4/27/74 - Long Beach, CA

CAREER SUMMARY: Connelly enters his first season with Triple-A Las Vegas as pitching coach. He spent the previous four seasons as pitching coach at Double-A Midland of the Texas League and Double-A Central (2018-2021).

MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: He served four seasons as pitching coach at Double-A Midland of the Texas League and Double-A Central (2018-21); two seasons as pitching coach for Single-A Stockton of the California League (2016-17); pitching coach for one season with Single-A Beloit of the Midwest League (2015); pitching coach for Short-Season Vermont of the New York-Penn League for one season (2014). Prior to joining the A’s organization in 2014, he served as pitching coach at the University of Alabama-Huntsville from 2011-13.

PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: He was selected by Oakland in the 24th round of June 1995 First-Year Player Draft and pitched four seasons in the A’s organization. He made his Major League debut in 1998 and posted a 1.93 ERA (0-0 record) in three relief appearances with Oakland. He also played four minor league seasons in the San Francisco organization with Triple-A Fresno of the Pacific Coast League (1999-2001, 2003).

PERSONAL: Steven Lee Connelly. The native of Long Beach, Calif., starred at the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the 1994 team that won the College World Series. He played three seasons for the Sooners (1993-95). Connelly resides in Huntsville, Ala., and has four children: Vee, John, Lochlan and Atkins.

Jason Hart - Assistant Hitting Coach

BORN: 9/5/77 - Walnut Creek, CA

CAREER SUMMARY: Hart joins the Oakland Athletics organization after 13 seasons in the Texas organization (2008-2020). He served as hitting coach for Single-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League in 2020.

MINOR LEAGUE COACHING CAREER: Hart served as hitting coach for Single-A Hickory of the South Atlantic League in 2020. He also spent two seasons with Hickory from 2010-11. He was then the hitting coach for Double-A Frisco of the Texas League for eight seasons (2012-19). In 2015, Hart was named the Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year for his work with the RoughRiders hitters.

His tenure with the Rangers organization began after he assisted the Single-A Clinton staff with coaching responsibilities for a portion of the 2008 season and continued when he accepted the role of hitting coach for rookie-level Arizona Rangers prior to the 2009 campaign.

PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER: Hart was originally drafted by Oakland in the fifth round of June 1998 First-Year Player Draft and was acquired by Texas in a January 2002 trade with the Athletics. He played professionally for parts of eight seasons from 1998-2006, with stints in the Oakland, Texas and Minnesota organizations. He made his Major League debut with Texas in 2002. He attended Southwest Missouri State University where he led the conference in home runs in 1998 and was selected as a Missouri Valley Conference All-Star in 1998.

PERSONAL: Jason Hart. He is a graduate of Fair Grove High School in Missouri...he and his wife, Jenny, have three daughters: Kloe, Camdyn and Karalina.

Justin Whitehouse - Athletic Trainer

Justin will enter his 22nd season in the Oakland Athletics organization and his first campaign with Triple-A Las Vegas as athletic trainer. In 2021, he served as the A’s Infection Control Prevention Coordinator.

He previously spent 12 seasons as athletic trainer with Double-A Midland of the Texas League (2008-19), five seasons with Single-A Kane County (2003-07) and two years with Single-A Visalia of the California League (2001-02). He was named Midwest League Athletic Trainer of the year in 2007. Whitehouse earned his degree in health education at the University of Nevada and received his master's in physical education, with an emphasis in athletic training and biomechanics, at San Diego State.

He interned with the San Francisco 49ers during spring and summer training camps in 1997 and 1998. Originally from Stockton, Calif., Whitehouse resides in Reno, Nev., with his wife, Susan, and children, Cassandra and Lance.

Shane Zdebiak - Assistant Athletic Trainer

Zdebiak enters his second season with Triple-A Las Vegas. In 2022, he will serve as assistant athletic trainer and served as athletic trainer for the Aviators in 2021.

Before joining Las Vegas, he was named athletic trainer for Double-A Midland of the Texas League in 2020. He served as athletic trainer for Single-A Stockton of the California League for three seasons (2017-2019). Prior to that, he was athletic trainer for Single-A Clinton in the Seattle Mariners organization in 2016 after serving as athletic trainer for Short-Season Everett from 2014-15, also in the Seattle system. Prior to joining the Mariners, he worked as the athletic trainer of the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association from 2010-13 and two seasons with the Steinbach Pistons of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

Zdebiak graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2009 with a B.A. in kinesiology and is certified as an athletic therapist through the Canadian Athletic Therapists’ Association and as an athletic trainer through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification. A native of Gimli, Manitoba, Canada, the 36-year-old currently resides in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Matt Mosiman - Sport Performance Coach

Mosiman enters his first season with Triple-A Las Vegas as sport performance coach. He spent the 2021 campaign as sport performance coach with Double-A Midland of Double-A Central.

He spent the 2017 season with the Dominican Summer League A’s and 2018-19 with Single-A Stockton of the California League.

Prior to joining the A’s, Mosiman interned with Notre Dame, New Mexico State University and the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. A graduate of La Crosse, he earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the institution. He grew up and currently resides in Oregon, Wis.