Staff

Andy Partin

Owner and founder of Impact Baseball, Inc. (est. 2001) and Dirtbags Baseball, LLC (est. 2002). Partin pioneered the Dirtbags baseball program to becoming one of the top and most recognizable in the country.

In 2001, Partin started Impact Baseball, Inc. and brought to life his idea of promoting high school baseball players through an online presence and on-field showcase events to help them reach the collegiate and professional levels of baseball. Since 2001, this innovator has become a trendsetter for other organizations to follow; setting trends like the Dirtbags renowned style and camoflauge uniforms worn for the first time in 2006.

Partin has seen over 750 alumni move on to college baseball and 188 go on to be drafted by MLB teams including 25 Big Leaguers. Partin piloted the Dirtbags to the 2016 and 2010 World Wood Bat Association “Jupiter” Championship crown bringing the rings home to North Carolina. He has also guided the Bags to eight IMPACT World Series titles and two WWBA National Runner-Up finishes. Partin has also seen five of his players be named MVP of WWBA events (Matt Graham, Hobbs Johnson, Philip Clake, Davis Schneider and Mason Hickman).

As a player, Partin starred under Tommy Blaylock at Durham Riverside high school before his baseball career was cut short by a severe bicep tendon tear, leading him to look for another way to stay involved in the game. Partin began coaching at 19 years old as an assistant at Riverside high school, where he coached for 3 years.

Partin spent 3 years as the head baseball coach at Forsyth Country Day School (2009-2011) where he guided the Furies to their first ever North Carolina State Championship in over 40 years in 2011, and a 3-A State Runner-Up finish in 2010 in only his second season. Partin’s State Championship team featured seven players that signed college scholarships with two players drafted. That team ended up hitting 62 homeruns as a team, breaking the North Carolina state record.

The Durham, NC native is a tremendous advocate of strength training for baseball players prompting him to become a Westside Barbell Special Strengths Coach in 2014. Partin spends much of the year training elite high school, college and professional players at his indoor training center, Partin Performance in Burlingotn, NC.

Partin is currently an active Associate Scout with the Houston Astros and working previously with the KC Royals and St Louis Cardinals.

This family man has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping young, aspiring baseball players reach their highest level.

More on Andy Partin:

Born: Durham, NC – 1978

Family: Married to Tracy with 3 children: Molly Jo, Cooper and Lucy

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Spending time with family, watching UFC and chasing a 500 lbs bench press.

Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: Starting a trend for all of baseball by wearing camo uniforms for the first time in 2006 in Jupiter, FL at the WWBA. And watching the guys dog pile after winning the WWBA in Jupiter in October 2016 was awesome.

Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: Conor McGregor on a UFC main event card

Favorite Music: All kinds

Favorite Website: Westside-Barbell.com

Favorite Book: Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

Favorite Movie(s): Magnificent Seven

Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington

Favorite Actress: Rachel McAdams

Favorite MLB Team: Baltimore Orioles

Favorite NFL Team: San Francisco 49ers

Favorite College Basketball Team: Duke

Favorite Sports Figure: “The Notorious” Conor McGregor

Best Player Played With: Brian Roberts (Baltimore Orioles 2001-2013)

Best Player Coached: Tyler Hanover (LSU & Detroit Tigers MiLB player)

Favorite Quote: “Hard work trumps everything.” – Andy Partin

Advice to Players: The only person that can stop you is you. Never let someone tell you what you can or can’t do in this life. You can become whoever or whatever you want if you are willing to put in the work.

Ryan Falcon

Ryan Falcon is the Dirtbags Director of Player Development.

Falcon was a four-time All-Conference pick and a two-time All-State pick in North Carolina at Northern Durham high school. Falcon also excelled on the football field as a quarterback for the Knights.

The southpaw made an immediate impact at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro where he is still in the top five in several pitching categories including ERA and strikeouts.

Falcon went on to become a Cape Cod League All-Star and then drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2007 in the 29th round. He was tabbed a Northwest League All-Star, and pitched through to AA with the Rangers.

In the summer of 2011, Falcon worked as the Assistant Coach with the Edinburg Roadrunners of the Independent Professional North American League in Edinburg, TX.

Falcon is also an active associate scout with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

More on Coach Falcon

Born: August 27,1984 in Durham,NC
Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Spending Time with Family, Working out, Watching and Debating Sports
Most Memorable Moment with Dirtbags: Just seeing how well the players and staff get along with each other
Favorite Music: Country when relaxing, Rock and Rap when I’m working out
Favorite Book: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy
Favorite Website: uncgspartans.com, thedirtbags.com
Favorite Movie(s): Rudy, The Rookie
Favorite Actor: Vince Vaughn
Favorite MLB Team: Texas Rangers
Favorite NFL Team: Giants and Panthers
Favorite College Team: Duke Blue Devils, UNCG Spartans
Favorite Sports Figure: Mike Krzyzewski

Trey Daly

Daly helps lead the recruiting efforts with the Dirtbags. Always a player favorite, Daly brings a wealth of enthusiasm and knowledge to our program. The New Bern, NC native has been instrumental in the continued success of the Dirtbags through his leadership on and off the field.

In High School, Daly starred on the diamond for the New Bern Bears under legendary skipper Gary Smith. He then went on to receive his degree in Management of Parks and Recreational Facilities in 2008 from East Carolina University.

Daly began coaching in high school baseball in 2004 and coached until 2012 before coming on board full-time with the Dirtbags. He is now an active associate scout with the Miami Marlins.

 

Brendan Dougherty

Dougherty spent the last 4 seasons at Western Kentucky University, he helped produce one of the top offenses in the country in 2014 while aiding a defense that sported a .965 fielding percentage. WKU finished the regular season with the seventh most doubles in the nation (116) while ranking 18th in the country with 560 hits, 26th with a slugging percentage of .416 and 31st with a team batting average of .294. As a team, the Hilltoppers collected 10 or more hits in 31 games and out-hit their opponents on 37 occasions and five players finished with a batting average of .300 or better.

Dougherty experienced success at the highest level as an assistant at Coastal Carolina, as the Chanticleer’s made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a berth in the Super Regionals in both 2008 and 2010. Also winning 5 Consecutive conference regular season and tournament championships along with a perfect conference record of 29-0 in 2010.

Before making the move to Coastal Carolina, Dougherty spent a pair of seasons as an assistant coach at Army. During Dougherty’s stay, the Black Knights won the Patriot League title and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. In Dougherty’s first year at West Point, he helped second baseman Nate Stone to an All-America honor from the American Baseball Coaches’ Association, becoming the first Army player in 40 years to accomplish that feat.

Before Army, Dougherty spent the 2003 season at Auburn, working with the Tigers’ infielders, outfielders and catchers, while assisting with bunting and baserunning and helped Auburn to a #4 National Seed.

Dougherty began his coaching career at Elon University, spending four years as the Phoenix’s hitting instructor and recruiting coordinator. During his time at Elon, Dougherty coached six all-conference performers and helped the Phoenix to their first NCAA Regional appearance in 2002.

Dougherty played two seasons at Coastal Carolina (1996-97), hitting .287 with 40 RBI in 104 games, playing mainly at shortstop, setting Coastal Carolina’s single-season and career records for assists. Dougherty received his degree in interdisciplinary studies from Coastal Carolina in 1998.

Before Coastal Carolina, Dougherty played at Potomac State Junior College, where he posted a .370 career batting average and was a third team All-American in 1994. He was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American the following year, while helping the school to a national championship. He also was named to the Junior College World Series All-Tournament team that season. Dougherty was inducted into the Potomac State Athletic Hall of Fame in the spring of 2008.

More on Coach Dougherty:

Born: October 13, 1974 – Dover, DE

Family: Wife: Jonna & Kids: Cruz 6, Knox 4

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Spending time with family

Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: Winning 2016 PGWWBA World Championship and not being there due to getting sick!

Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: Pete MacKanin, Manager Philadelphia Phillies

Favorite Music: Reggae

Favorite Website: mlb.com

Favorite Book: Lone Survivor

Favorite Movie(s): Young Guns

Favorite Actor: Mark Wahlberg

Favorite Actress: Megan Fox

Favorite MLB Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Favorite NFL Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Favorite College Basketball Team: None

Favorite Sports Figure: Pete Rose

Favorite Quote: “The environment may change but the act does not. Control what you can control”

Best Player Played With: Mike Duvall, LHP 4 MLB Seasons

Best Player Coached: Hard to name one: Tommy LaStella, Rico Noel, Taylor Motter, Anderson Miller, David Anderson, David Sappelt.

Advice to Players: Someone is always watching you regardless if you think they are or not. Play everyday like your hair is on fire and the rest will take care of itself.

Everett Hancock

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH TEAMS/PROGRAM

HIGH SCHOOL:

  • GRADUATE OF HAVELOCK HIGH SCHOOL (1998)
  • HELPED LEAD HHS TO 1998 3A STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, WHILE BEING NAMED MVP OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
  • HOLDS SEVERAL PITCHING RECORDS AT HHS INCLUDING ERA IN SEASON (0.81), STRIKEOUTS IN A SEASON (158), AND WINS IN A SEASON (14).

COLLEGE:

  • EARNED D1 SCHOLARSHIP TO PITCH AT  UNC-GREENSBORO (1999-2002)
  • LED UNCG IN INNINGS PITCHED AND GAMES STARTED IN 2000 AND 2001

PROFESSIONAL:

  • DRAFTED BY THE DETROIT TIGERS IN THE 2002 MLB DRAFT (28TH ROUND, 830TH PLAYER OVERALL)

COACHING:

  • SERVED AS ASSISTANT COACH AT RAGSDALE HIGH SCHOOL (2004-2010)UNDER COACH DONNIE MANESS HELPING GUIDE THE TIGERS TO THE 2006 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
  • SERVED AS ASSISTANT COACH AT FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL IN 2011 UNDER COACH ANDY PARTIN, HELPING GUIDE THE FURIES TO THE 3A PRIVATE SCHOOL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!
  • HEAD COACH AT FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL AND NORTH FORSYTH HIGH SCHOOL

**WAS DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION AT THE HITTING ZONE IN WINSTON SALEM, NC PRIOR TO JOINING THE DIRTBAG STAFF

Married Lindsay Hancock, with two children Owen (8), Jaxon (4).

Brent Haynes

High School: Graduated from Southern Alamance High School. Was a two time all-state selection and conference player of year as a senior. Won a State Championship in 2005 and was named MVP of State Championship Series.

College: Went to Young Harris College before transferring and finishing at Mount Olive College. Was selected conference pitcher of week on two occasions and helped Mount Olive make an NCAA regional appearance during junior and senior seasons.

Coaching: Pitching coach at Guilford Tech Community College for two seasons (2010-2012). Guided pitching staff to school records in wins, strikeouts and team ERA. Was pitching coach for the Thomasville Hi-Toms of the Coastal Plains League in the summer of 2012. Left GTCC to become a PE teacher at EM Holt Elementary in Burlington, NC. Has been an assistant coach at Southern Alamance High School since 2012 and coaching with the Dirtbags since 2013.

More on Coach Haynes:

Born: August 24, 1987 in Burlington NC

Family: Married to Chantal with one son, Harrison.

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Spending time with family, playing golf, and watching sports.

Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: Most memorable moment with the Dirtbags came as a player in 2005 when we went to Jupiter and came in 3rd place. Not only did we have a great team but we formed friendships that are still in place today!

Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: Clayton Kershaw

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Website: ESPN

Favorite Book: Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back by Josh Hamilton

Favorite Movie(s): For Love of The Game, Major League, and Never Back Down

Favorite Actor: Jim Carey

Favorite Actress: Jennifer Aniston

Favorite MLB Team: Boston Red Sox

Favorite NFL Team: Carolina Panthers

Favorite College Basketball Team: NC State

Favorite Sports Figure: Dustin Pedroia

Best Player Played With: Kyle Seager

Best Player Coached: Josh Laxer

Favorite Quote: “It’s hard to beat a person that never gives up.” –Babe Ruth

Advice to Players: Work hard (even when nobody is watching), Compete, and have fun!

Will Inman

William Inman is a graduate from Tunstall High School. While there he played four varsity seasons and earned two state championships. During this time he was able to rack up 598 strikeouts, 31 home runs, a career ERA of 0.42, and also was named player of the year in the state of Virginia for three years. (2003-2005)

He was committed to Auburn University out of high school but passed on the opportunity after being drafted in the 3rd round (87th) by the Milwaukee Brewers as a pitcher. He went straight to professional baseball in 2005 and played in the Milwaukee organization until 2007 when he was traded to the San Diego Padres. He was with the Padres organization until 2012 when he signed as a free agent to the Boston Red Sox. After that he then signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Career Highlights
– All time strikeout leader in Virginia.
– 2004 and 2005 state champion for Tunstall High School
– Played in Futures game in 2008
– Won 3 minor league titles with San Antonio Missions (2007) , Pawtucket Red Sox (2012), Durham Bulls (2013)
– Class A Pitcher Of The Year in 2006.
– 9 year MLB professional player, 5 in Triple-A

Inman is currently the head coach at the Carlisle School (VA).

More on Coach Inman:

Born: February 6, 1987 in Danville, VA

Family: Wife Allison and daughter Avery

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Spending time with family and going to concerts

Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: Watching Andy get thrown out of a game within 5 minutes.

Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: John Frusciante

Favorite Music: Ryan Bingham

Favorite Website: Amazon.com

Favorite Book: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Favorite Movie(s): The Departed

Favorite Actor: Robert Downey Jr.

Favorite Actress: Meryl Streep

Favorite MLB Team: Boston Red Sox

Favorite NFL Team: Patriots

Favorite College Basketball Team: Duke

Favorite Sports Figure: Usain Bolt

Favorite Quote: “For me it’s important to be balanced. Not to let fear get in the way of things, to not worry so much about protecting yourself all the time.” – John Frusciante

Best Player Played With: Ryan Braun

Best Player Coached: Bradley Keller

Advice to Players: Play the game hard because you never know who is watching. Also learn to take in information and apply to your set of skills on the field.

Chad Rothlin

Chad is entering his 3rd year of coaching with the Dirtbags.  Rothlin is a Dirtbags alumni that graduated Fred T. Foard High School in Hickory, NC.  At FTFHS, Chad was an All-Conference player in 2007 and 2008, including 2 conference championships.  His senior season he finished 8-1 with 104 strikeouts and only 7 walks.  Rothlin’s collegiate career was spent with the Charlotte 49ers, where he pitched for 4 years as both a starter and reliever.  The Niners won 2 conference championships during that time, including a trip to the Tempe, AZ Regional in 2007.  Rothlin ended his career at Charlotte with 12 wins and the 11th best batting average against in school history, with opponents hitting only .255 against him.  Rothlin is currently an Exceptional Children’s Teacher at his alma mater Fred T. Foard, and coaches alongside Andy Partin with the Dirtbags.

Phil Maier

Maier spent 11 years coaching college baseball. He coached four years at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Parkside and spent the last seven years as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at High Point University. His 2007 staff broke the school strike out record and he helped six H.P.U. hurlers go on to professional baseball. Maier worked with three All-American’s and 11 All-Conference players while at High Point University

MORE ON COACH MAIER

Born: Milwaukee, WI 1974
Family: Married to Susie, 2 daughters, Natalie (7 years old) and Julia (3 year old)
Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Spending time with family and watching sports.
Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: The “Hooters Scout Team” in Jupiter of 2008.
Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: Vincent Chase
Favorite Music: No favorites. Listens to anything.
Favorite Book: The Baseball Almanac
Favorite Website: espn.com
Favorite Movie(s): Major League, Bull Durham, Things to Do in Denver When Your Dead
Favorite Actor: Tom Hanks
Favorite Actress: Julia Roberts
Favorite MLB Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Favorite NFL Team:  Green Bay Packers
Favorite College Basketball Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Favorite Sports Figure: Robin Yount

Will James

James was a two time All-Conference pitcher for DH Conley High School in Greenville, NC. He was named the Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and 2009 as well as the Pitt County Pitcher of the Year in 2009. After high school, James attended Guilford College where he starred in multiple roles for the Quakers for four seasons and earned the team’s Most Valuable Pitcher Award in 2011 and 2012.  James earned the ODAC “pitcher of the week” honor in 2011 and named honorable mention on three separate occasions. Upon conclusion of his college career in 2013, James ranked among the Quaker’s all-time leaders in innings pitched and appearances. James competed in both the Southern Collegiate and Beach Collegiate Baseball League while in college. He was awarded the Cy Young Award in the BCBL in 2012 posting a 2.11 ERA in 59 2/3 innings while leading his team to the title.

Jamie Athas

Info coming soon

Jay Riley
Jacob Baker

Baker is a Dirtbags alumni playing under Andy Partin. He graduated from Garner Magnet High School in 2010 where he was a two-time all-conference and an all-state selection his senior year as a pitcher for the Trojans. Baker played one season at East Carolina University before transferring to Pitt Community College where the Bulldogs won a Region X title. He then transferred to play his final two collegiate seasons at Elon University, where he earned a degree in Secondary Social Studies Education.

Baker began his coaching career as a pitching coach for the Eastern Alamance Eagles in 2015 where he spent one season and is now in his second year at Garner Magnet High School.

“Bake” began coaching with the Dirtbags in 2015.

More on Coach Baker:

Born: August 15, 1991 in Raleigh, NC

Family: Single

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Playing golf, basketball, guitar and teaching History at Garner High School.

Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: Making it to the championship game of the 16U PG World Series in 2016.

Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: Trey Daly

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Website: Elonphoenix.com

Favorite Book: Green Eggs and Ham

Favorite Movie(s): Anchorman, The Internship

Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell

Favorite Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

Favorite MLB Team: Yankees

Favorite NFL Team: Panthers

Favorite College Basketball Team: NC State

Favorite Sports Figure: Jackie Moon

Favorite Quote: “You are what you repeatedly do; therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit.”

Best Player Played With: Carlos Rodon

Best Player Coached: Angel Zarate

Advice to Players: Trust the process. You will never regret working harder than anyone else; regardless if you win or not.

Jere Morton IV
Coach Morton is originally from Cary, NC and attended Cary HS from 1999-2003.  After graduating from Cary HS, Morton pitched at Lenoir Community College.  Eventually, Morton would graduate from NC State University and began coaching in 2008 with the Cary Bulls JR Legion Program.  Morton was a part of a 2008 JR Legion State Championship with the Cary Bulls and 2012 4A State Championship as the pitching coach for Middle Creek HS.  Morton also served as a head coach for the Cary Senior Babe Ruth team that won State Championships in 2013 and 2014.  Recently, Morton was the recruiting coordinator and pitching coach at Wake Tech Community College from 2013-2014. He also has been the lead instructor at the USA baseball training complex since 20015. Since then, Morton has taught Special Education and coached at Broughton HS in Raleigh.  Coach Morton was named the Varsity baseball coach at Broughton in the summer of 2016 after serving as the JV Coach for 2 years.  He and his wife, Brooke, reside in Fuquay-Varina with their daughter Malaney.

Hobbies:
Cooking out, concerts, NC State football games, spending time with family and friends

Would like to trade places for a day with: Theo Epstein

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Singer: Eric Church

Favorite Movies: Con Air, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham

Favorite Actor: Adam Sandler

Favorite MLB Team: Oakland A’s

Favorite College Team: NC State

Favorite Sports Figure: Philip Rivers

Favorite Quote: Never Give Up
Zach Bingham

Zach Bingham played baseball at Harnett Central High School. After High School, he moved on to play at Lenoir CC. After his freshman season he transferred to Guilford Tech. Zach finished up his degree at UNC-Pembroke. Coach Bingham is currently the head baseball coach at Overhills High School.

Favorite music: Country
Favorite singer: Chris Knight
Favorite movie: 61
Favorite actor: Mark Wahlburg
Favorite actress: Scarlett Johansson
Favorite College Team: UNC
Favorite quote: Hard work beats talent when talent refuses to work hard
Jordan Young
Coach Jordan Young is from Garner, NC where he played baseball at Garner High School under coach Derik Goffena after graduation he attended Brunswick Community College. He is now in his second year as an assistant coach for Garner High School.
Hobbies: baseball, softball, golf, hunting, fishing, and working on cars
Would like to trade places for a day with: Dale Earnhardt JR.
Favorite music: Country
Favorite singer: Justin Moore
Favorite movies: The Natural, Bull Durham, Tin Cup, Super Troopers
Favorite actor:  Matthew McConaughey 
 
Favorite MLB Team: Atlanta Braves
 
Favorite College Team: N.C. State
 
Favorite Sports Figure: Chipper Jones
 
Favorite Quote: There may be people with more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do 
Phillip Russ

A native of Polkville, North Carolina, Coach Russ enters his third year at Bessemer City High School as the Head Baseball Coach.

A 2007 graduate of Burns High School, Coach Russ played football, baseball and wrestled. He was a member of the Cherryville Post 100, 2007 NC American State Championship team that placed third in the Southeast Regional tournament. He played football on scholarship during his time at Catawba College.

Coach Russ has coached for the North Carolina Powerade State games representing Region 6. During his time coaching Region 6, he assisted the 2016 team that went on to win the Gold medal.

B.S. – Physical Education – Catawba College
M.S. – Sports Management – Western Carolina University

Born: March 29, 1989 – Shelby, NC

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Hunting, Fishing, Watching Sports, Spending time with family

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Website: ESPN / Bleacher Report

Favorite Movies: For the Love of the Game, Never Back Down, Summer Catch, Field of Dreams

Favorite Actor: Kevin Costner

Favorite MLB Team: Boston Redsox

Favorite NFL Team: Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Sports Figure: David Ortiz

Axel Smith

Axel Smith played baseball under current Tar Heel skipper Mike Fox at North Carolina Wesleyan where he was a member of the 1989 NCAA Division-III National Championship team.

Smith played his prep baseball at JH Rose high school from 1985-1988. His senior year his team finished up ranked 5th in the Nation by USA Today.

From 1998-2006 Smith managed the Hurricanes AAU baseball team based out of Greenville, NC. His 13U team won the AAU National Championship in 2004. Nine players from that team are currently playing college baseball.

Smith is currently the head coach at The Oakwood School in Greenville, NC. Smith is married with three children. His son Aaron currently plays baseball for Pfieffer University.

JD Poetzsch
Will Inman

The Henderson, NC native has 30 years of experience with coaching high school, American Legion, and all levels of travel baseball from 10U to 18U. He is the former head coach at Northern Vance High School and Warren County High School where he was named Conference Coach of the Year in 1994. He was also the head coach of the Oxford American Legion program from 2006-2008.

Allen was the co-founder of NGAA Baseball in Oxford, NC in 2002 and was a part of 2 state titles as well as over 20 district titles in 3 age groups in Dixie Youth Baseball.

He was the founder of the Lake Monsters baseball organization in 2007 that helped produce over 40 college players including a 9th round draft pick in the 2010 MLB draft. Coach Allen is also the founder and former owner of the Baseball Warehouse Indoor facility in Oxford which opened in 2002.

Allen joined Dirtbags in 2010 and has coached 10U teams through 16U teams and is currently coaching the Dirtbags Black 2021 team.

His son Ryan played with the Dirtbags in 2009 and signed with Gardner-Webb University. Allen now assists his son at Oxford Prep High School.

More on Coach Allen:

Born: Henderson, NC 1966

Family: Wife, Angela with two children, Ryan and Ashton

Hobbies: Love to play golf

Memorable Dirtbags moment: Making the playoffs of the Freshman World Wood Bat National Championship as 8th graders!

Would like to trade places for a day with: Corey Seager

Favorite Music: I listen to it all!

Favorite website: Packpride.com

Favorite Book: Mental Game of Baseball

Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber

Favorite actor: Will Ferrell

Favorite actress: Jennifer Aniston

Favorite MLB team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Favorite NFL team: San Diego Chargers

Favorite College Team: NC State Wolfpack

Favorite Sports Figure: Jim Valvano

Favorite quote: “You won’t always be at your best, but you need to be at your best when your best is needed!”

Best player played with: Michael Potts (former Brewers pitcher)

Best player coached: Tyler Barnette (UNCC and White Sox AAA)

Advise to players: Ask yourself at the end of the day, “Did I do my VERY best?” If you can say yes, what else can you do? Move on and get after it again tomorrow and play like your hair is on fire!

Tommy Atkinson

Tommy Atkinson was an assistant coach at East Carolina University for two seasons, and prior to his appointment with the Pirates he spent eight overall seasons at Louisburg College. He served as the programs head coach for three years. where he posted an impressive 124-49 record. In 2007, the Raleigh, NC native helped the Hurricanes to a 41-17 record and was named Region X Coach-of-the-Year.

From 1999 to 2005, Atkinson served as an assistant coach under current ECU head coach Billy Godwin where his primary duties included recruiting coordinator, third-base coach, hitting instructor and head coach of the developmental team. Offensively, the Hurricanes flourished under Atkinson’s direction ranking among the statistical leaders in batting average and runs scored in Region X.

Atkinson’s background includes other head coaching positions in the Coastal Plain League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Before coaching in college, Atkinson spent four years as the assistant coach at Millbrook high school.

Atkinson earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mount Olive College, where he played baseball before following with a master’s degree in counseling from Campbell University in 1996. He is married to the former Kathy Williford of Fayetteville, N.C., and the couple has two children (Gabrielle and William).

Cameron Falcon

Coach Falcon had a brilliant four-year playing career as a right-handed pitcher at Wingate University where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a regular season SAC Championship his junior year as well as a SAC tournament title and a NCAA Regional appearance his senior season. He was named to the All-Tournament Team his senior season.

Falcon graduated in 2011 from Wingate University with a BS in Sports Management.

Before attending Wingate, Falcon was an All-Conference performer on the diamond for the Knights at Northern Durham High School.

Eric Leary

Long time friend of Dirtbags founder Andy Partin, Eric Leary has over 20 years of coaching experience at the high school level as well as being an assistant coach at Barton College from 1992-1994.

Leary is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and published in the ABCA’s Coaching Digest. He has also been an associate scout with the Major League Scouting Bureau since 2004.

He will also be heading in to his 21st year as a high school football coach where he currently is the head varsity coach at White Oak high school.

More on Coach Leary:

Born: Elizabeth City, NC – Feb 18, 1972

Family: Wife Tracy, daughter Dailey Rae (15), son Jack (11)

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: football, cutting grass

Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: Being there from the start – that early trip in 2003 to Jupiter with players like Adam Warren, Chad Flack, Josh Horton, etc.

Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: Andy Partin

Favorite Music: classic rock

Favorite Website: ESPN.com

Favorite Book: books by Jon Gordon & all the Pat Conroy books

Favorite Movie(s): Bull Durham

Favorite Actor: Jack Nicholson

Favorite MLB Team: Baltimore Orioles

Favorite NFL Team: Baltimore Colts (then they moved)

Favorite College Basketball Team: Like them all in March

Favorite Sports Figure: Cal Ripken Jr

Favorite Quote: Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant … Mark 10:43

Best Player Played With: Jeff Piscorik

Best Player Coached: Kendric Burney

Advice to Players: Be right. Be your best. Be a great teammate.

Ryan Allen

Info coming soon

Todd Griffin

Coach Todd Griffin originates from Weaverville, NC, where he played baseball at North Buncombe High School under the direction of Wesley King. While attending North Buncombe, Todd made playoff appearances every year along with making it to the 2012 3A State Semifinals. After graduation he attended Mars Hill University, where he played one season before a career ending shoulder injury. He is currently heading into his third season as the pitching coach back at North Buncombe.

Hobbies: Baseball, playing golf, going to Tennessee football games, and watching any kind of sport.

Would like to trade places for a day with: Jordan Spieth

Favorite music: Country

Favorite Singer: Kenny Chesney

Favorite Movies: Glory Road, Remember the Titans, Dumb and Dumber, For Love of the Game

Favorite Actor: Will Ferrell

Favorite MLB Team: Atlanta Braves

Favorite College Team: Tennessee

Favorite Sports Figure:  Michael Jordan

Favorite Quote: “Good things don’t come to those that wait, good things come to those who work their tails off and never give up”

Tyler Drew

Tyler Drew is a Fayetteville, NC native where he played high school baseball at Jack Britt for Coach Sam Guy. After high school, Drew continued his baseball career at Southeastern CC in Whiteville, NC. While at Southeastern CC, Drew was an Academic All-American and apart of the 2011 team that made an appearance in the JUCO World Series. Drew earned his degree in Exercise Science from UNC-Wilmington and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the NSCA. Drew has previously coached at EA Laney HS and has been the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Southeastern CC. Drew is currently a Math Teacher and pitching coach at Southern Lee HS.

Born: 1992 – Fayetteville, NC

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: Watching Other Sports

Favorite Music: All kinds, Country to Rock to Rap

Favorite Website: espn.com

Favorite Movies: The Greatest Game Ever Played, Remember The Titans

Favorite Actor: Will Smith

Favorite MLB Team: New York Yankees

Favorite NFL Team: Denver Broncos

Favorite College Team: NC State

Favorite Sports Figure: Derek Jeter/Mariano RIvera

Charles Crumpler

Coach Charles (Chuck) Crumpler graduated from Southern Wayne High School in 1993, where he played under Doyle Whitfield. Upon graduation he attended Mount Olive College in 1997 where he recieved a BS in History. Coach Crumpler, then recieved his masters in School Administartion and Education Leadership in 2013 from Gardner-Webb University. He currently is teaching Social Studies and is the Head Baseball Coach at North Duplin Senior High School.

Assistant Baseball Coach: Southern Wayne 1994-1995, 2004, 2013

Arendell Parrott Academy 2000, 2002-2004

East Duplin High School  2001

Wayne County Senior American Legion Post 11, 1997, 1999-2002

Lenoir County Junior American Legion:  2003-2004

Head Baseball Coach:        Wayne County Junior American Legion South 2005-2006

North Duplin High School 2015-Present

Favorite activities:  Running and teaching athletic leadership skills every summer at SASI—Student Athlete Summer Institute

Favorite Books:  Bible and The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

Favorite College: Wake Forest

Favorite Pro Baseball Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Son of  NC American Legion Hall of Fame and George Whitfield Hall of Fame Member Ricky Crumpler(Umpire)

Jeremy Repka
Coach Jeremy Repka enters his first season with the Dirtbags. Coach Repka played his prep baseball at Saint John Paul II High School in Boca Raton, Florida. Upon graduation he attended Greensboro College where he was a member of the Pride baseball team. Coach Repka also recieved his BS in Exercise Science and Coaching in 2011 from Greensboro College. Repka has been the Head Baseball Coach at Neuse Charter School located in Smithfield, North Carolina since 2012.
Jason Rice

As a player Rice spent 4 years with Chicago White Sox organization, 3 years with Boston Red Sox, 1 year with Oakland A’s and Cleveland Indians and 2 years with Atlanta Braves. In winter-ball Rice played with Mayaguez in Puerto Rico and Hermosillo in Mexico. The California native now has 5 years of coaching experience.

More on Coach Rice:

Born: May 13, 1986

Family: Wife-Shea; children, Alana (5) and Kamden (3); stepson, Spencer (16).

Hobbies Outside of Baseball: cooking

Most Memorable Moment with the Dirtbags: Watching Spencer Brickhouse’s towering homerun in a Dirtbags win at High Point University.

Would Like to Trade Places for a Day with: Ken Griffey, Jr.

Favorite Music: Hip-Hop

Favorite Website: MLB.com

Favorite Book: The Boys of Summer

Favorite Movie(s): Fast and Furious, 42

Favorite Actor: Denzel Washington

Favorite Actress: Roselyn Sanchez

Favorite MLB Team: Angels

Favorite NFL Team: Chargers

Favorite College Basketball Team: Celtics

Favorite Sports Figure: David Ortiz

Favorite Quote: “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

Best Player Played With: Anthony Rizzo

Advice to Players: Always play with passion.

 

Joe Lebeda
Coach Joe Lebeda enters his second season with the Dirtbags. Lebeda was a graduate of Sanderson High School in 1993. After graduation Joe moved on to play baseball at Louisburg College and later earned his Business Management degree from UNC-Greensboro in 1997.
Coach Lebeda has coached many levels of baseball since 1997, including a state championship team in 2008. We’re excited to have Joe on board with the experience he brings to our program.
More on Joe Lebeda:
Born: April 18, 1975 in Chicago, Illinois
Hobbies: Live Music, Disc Golf, Movies
Favorite Music: Allman Brothers, Family Band and Robert Randolph
Favorite Pet: Dog Pena
Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Sport Figure: Tony Pena
Lenny Fairfield
Coach Lenny Fairfield is a product of California.  He was an all-conference infielder in high school. He has coached many different age and skill levels over a 30-year career, the last four as varsity head coach at Franklin Academy High School in Wake Forest.  Coach Fairfield recently earned his MBA from East Carolina University.  He and his wife Starla have 5 kids in a blended family.
Hobbies: Playing 30+ baseball, Vacations w/family
Favorite Book: The Way of the Wild Heart, John Eldridge
Would like to trade places for a day with: Billy Beane
Favorite Music: Country
Favorite Singer: Jake Owen
Favorite Movie: Braveheart
Favorite Actor: Mathew McConaughey
Favorite MLB Team:  Anaheim Angels
Favorite College Teams:  ECU Pirates and UNC Tar Heels
Favorite Sports Figure:  Mike Trout
Favorite Quote:  “Every man wants to be the hero in an epic adventure”  -John Eldridge