Jerry A'Hearn enters his 7th year as an assistant coach for the Vaqueros. His primary role will be coaching the pitchers, coordinating the program's strength and conditioning and has been named the recruiting coordinator.
In his first six years at CAC his pitching staff has earned 12 ALL ACCAC selections, 14 players have been drafted, 26 signed with D1 schools and 1 ALL American (Grant Townsend). In 2017, the CAC pitching staff broke the school record for strikeouts in a season (588). The 2018 staff ranks fourth in school history with an ERA of 2.69.
A’Hearn played his high school ball at Sabino High School from 2005 to 2007, and played two of those years under Mike Hanson. In his time at Sabino, A'Hearn earned all region honors his junior and senior year, along with being named to the 2007 Rawlings Western All Region Team his senior year.
After high school A'Hearn continued his career at Central Arizona College for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. While at Central, A'Hearn helped his team to 2 JUCO Region 1 Championships, 1 Western District Championship (2008), and a 3rd place finish in the JUCO World Series (2008). He was a member of the 2009 team that set the school record for win percentage with a 51-13 record. In 2008 Jerry led all freshman pitchers in innings pitched (45.1), strikeouts (41), and appearances (22). As a sophomore A'Hearn went 5-1 with 2.77 era and 49 strikeouts in 48.2 innings pitched in 16 appearances. He is among the top 10 in school history for career appearances (38) and appearances in a season (22).
After A'Hearn was finished at Central, he went to play and pursue his degree at Cameron University in Oklahoma. A'Hearn went 4-2 as a junior, with a 4.61 era in 41 innings pitched with 3 complete games. Injuries limited A'Hearn's innings to 9.1 his senior year. He received a Bachelor's degree in Sports Fitness Management in 2012.
A’Hearn started his coaching career with the Oro Valley Dirtbags, a youth club team out of Tucson, AZ. He coach two summers with the team alongside his high school coach Mike Hanson, winning the Babe Ruth State Championship both years and advancing to the Babe Ruth World Series in Glen Allen, Virginia in the summer of 2011. He was the Dirtbags’ pitching coach, as well as coaching first base and helped with the infield and outfield.
A'Hearn joined the staff in the fall of 2012, and has coordinated the strength and conditioning program, worked with the catchers, and also coached first base.