Don Ricci, CSCS

Don is the Owner and Head Coach of DELTA Weightlifting.  Don’s athletic success and coaching pedigree is unmatched in the Sacramento area.  Born and raised in Sacramento and a product of Jesuit High School, Don was a two-time NCAA National Champion and All-American water polo goalie for the University of Southern California prior to getting involved in weightlifting.

He has trained, mentored, and coached under the direction of world class weightlifting, strength & conditioning and sport coaches including Sean Waxman, Ursula Garza Papendrea, Dr. John Garhammer, Tim Caron, Aaron Ausmus, and Jovan Vavic.

In just a short period of time, Don has developed a strong culture of excellence that has enabled him to squeeze every last ounce of potential out of each member and athlete alike. His competitive weightlifting team reflects that culture with international level athletes and national medals to show for it.

Don is a USA Weightlifting International Coach, a USA Weightlifting Lead Instructor for the Weightlifting and Sports Performance Coach (Level 1) certification courses, as well as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (N.S.C.A.).

Prior to DELTA Weightlifting, Don served as a coach at Waxman’s Gym, L.A.’s premier weightlifting gym.  There, he helped coach the competitive weightlifting team, spearheaded the youth sports performance program, and was an integral part in developing the gym’s weightlifting classes.

Don has coached and trained athletes from virtually every sport at levels ranging from youth beginner to National Team level.  He has a great ability to effectively command and coach large groups of athletes from his time with the University of Southern California’s strength & conditioning department where he worked with football and most of the Olympic sports.









Jake Baker

Jake is an assistant coach to our weightlifting program and spearheads the pre-hab, rehab, and body building needs of our members and athletes. He brings with him years of coaching experience as one of the top young coaches in the Sacramento area.

Additionally, Jake is a national medal winning competitive weightlifter and recently competed at the 2017 Universiade (World University Games) in Taiwan.

When not training or coaching, Jake spends his time hanging out with his Golden Retriever, Denver, and playing musical instruments.