One of the most respected and experienced executives in baseball, Roland Hemond was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. Hemond, father of five and grandfather to three, serves as a Special Assistant to the President and CEO, assisting Derrick Hall in strengthening the D-backs' relationships in the Phoenix community and throughout Major League Baseball. Hemond, who has 60 years of professional baseball experience, brings a wealth of baseball knowledge to the D-backs that he loves to share with employees, fans and young players alike. He is a nationally recognized ambassador of the game and his contributions to the industry are unmatched.
An MLB veteran of 17 seasons and father of three, Luis Gonzalez is an invaluable member of our Academy Advisory Board. In his current role as Special Assistant to the President and CEO, Gonzo continues to influence the community through his Going Gonzo for Kids program and many appearances/speaking engagements. He also runs a local youth baseball club team with his brother and is an annual D-backs Fantasy Camp participant. Luis brings his knowledge of hitting and outfield play to our programs. The passion he maintains for the D-backs, education, community and baseball allows our Academy to be a valuable resource for anyone involved in youth baseball.