The On Deck Foundation was founded to address needs within the LA County foster system which grew into our communities. Because when we started we dealt with male residential facilities and group homes, our leadership was male dominant. Now, moving forward, we are in great need of positive female role models. If you know of one or are one, please start the process on our contact page.
Brett P. Pierce is the Founder of the On Deck Foundation. He is a former baseball professional with over 25 years of experience with youth and high level athletes. He is currently a MLB & NFL Draft Family Advisor and Pro Bio Mechanical Specialist.
In 2001, after seeing his first foster care facility, he left professional baseball and got to work. Unaware of this population growing up in Southern CA, it was now also time to raise awareness. Mr. Pierce felt that if he could help find each child's dream with them, he could implement the formula he used to become a pro, work harder than the next one! He also realized that his kids needed proper equipment, tools and resources which they currently did not have access to. What came next was the creation of the On Deck Foundation. Mr. Pierce currently resides in the Houston area of Texas with his wife, Shawntees, 14 yr old daughter Cory Ann, 6 yr old son Levi and the house guard dog, Thumbelina.
BB Hudson is a former NFL player with the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota VIKINGS. He began as a Jr. All American and continued his love for football with Pomona High, Mt. SAC and CSU Fullerton before entering the NFL. BB Hudson’s SPORT SPECIFIC TRAINING includes the body’s mechanics interaction with NUTRITION. This allows his clients to gain the agility, explosiveness, power and consistency needed to perform at your best.
BB HUDSON’s unique abilities has garnered him an extremely diversified career training professionals in unrelated sports, beginning his professional CHAMPIONSHIP boxer trainer career with Shane Mosley to Winky Wright and include greats such as LAILA ALI and now, Tyson Fury along with MMA fighter Gina Carano. His clients even include a New Zealand semi-pro RUGBY player and Clemson QB, D.J. Uiagalelei.
Mr. Hudson has been involved with On Deck from its founding days providing invaluable role-modeling, programming, resources and awareness which he continues today.
Brian Hunter is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball between 1991 and 2000 for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. While he was primarily a first baseman, he also appeared in nearly 100 games as an outfielder. Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 8th round of the 1987 amateur draft, Hunter appeared in three World Series in 1991, 1992 and 1999 as a member of the Braves. Hunter hit a home run in Game 5 of the 1991 series in a 14–5 Braves victory over the Minnesota Twins. He hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the deciding game 7 of the 1991 National League Championship Series at Three Rivers Stadium vs the Pittsburgh Pirates; the Braves won the game 4–0, advancing to the 1991 World Series to face the Minnesota Twins.
From the immediate moment Mr. Hunter was made aware of On Deck and its mission years ago, he hasn't left. His life experiences, role-modeling capabilities, contacts and willingness at all times to help sets the standard for what On Deck Leadership is all about!
Hunter is the brother of basketball player Loree Moore and father to his two incredible sons.
NCPA Executive Director Ramogi Huma became an advocate for college athletes' rights while playing football for UCLA when he founded a student group to give college athletes the means to voice their concerns and secure basic protections in NCAA sports. Mr. Huma played an intricate part in the formation of the On Deck Foundation as he provided founder, Brett Pierce, with invaluable guidance throughout the years.
Mt. SAC Head Baseball Coach John Knott will enter his fifth season (2021) with an overall Mt. SAC Coaching Record of 91-64 (.587 winning %). Under Knott, the Mounties have continued to improve, capturing "Back to Back" South Coast Conference (SCC) Championships in 2018 and 2019. He led the team to the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championship Tournament in 2018 and the CCCAA So Cal Sectionals in 2019. During his time at Bonita, Knott garnered a number of top coaching honors including; 2013 California Baseball Coach of the Year, 2012 CIF Coach of the Year, 2012 San Gabriel Valley Coach of the Year and 2010 & 2012 Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year. Prior to Bonita, Knott also coached at San Dimas High School and Azusa Pacific University. Mr. Knott's help on and off the field for ODF has created opportunities for our youth that weren't available before.
CHRISTIAN OKOYE, former All-Pro running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, in 1990, founded The Christian Okoye Foundation to help underprivileged children assume their role in society through education and sports. “The Nigerian Nightmare”, as he was known, continues to advocate for the ones who cannot. Mr. Okoye has help hundreds of youth beyond the SoCal and Kansas City areas and continues that today.
Affectionately known as “Coach Rod”, Evans Roderick served 21 years as an academic counselor for student-athletes. During this time he created a model academic support program for California Community College student-athletes and was instrumental in coining the term “grayshirt” to help student-athletes with their academic progress towards transferring to an NCAA Program.
Along with Academic Counseling, he has also served Mt. SAC as an assistant football coach, head track and field coach, assistant track and field coach, and Assistant Director of the Mt. SAC Relays.
Mr. Roderick is a member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Hall of Fame. Mr. Roderick was one of the first supporters of On Deck's Mission.