Andy Partin - Owner, Chief Executive Officer

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 1400 alumni move on to college baseball and 259 go on to be drafted by MLB teams including 32 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.

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 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 also owns an indoor training center in Burlington, NC, called Dirtbags Baseball Training Center, LLC.

Partin has worked previously with the Houston Astros, 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 and watching UFC.

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: Coach K in the National Championship Game

Favorite Music: All kinds, but loud

Favorite Website:

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 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. You can become whoever or whatever you want if you are willing to put in the work.

Trey Daly - General Manager

Daly was named General Manager of the Dirtbags in January of 2018. 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.

Since Daly has joined the Dirtbag staff, he has coached at numerous levels of our program. Daly guided the Dirtbags 2022 class to a final four finish in the 2019 Perfect Game National Championship & 2020 Perfect Game National Championship Runner-Up.

During the spring season of High School baseball each and every year, you can find Daly at the ballparks in the North Carolina and South Carolina region. This is one of Daly’s biggest passion is the investment and dedication to our players and continued development throughout their Dirtbag’s careers.

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. Through the eight year stint, he coached Junior Varsity, Varsity and Junior Legion.

Daly has been an associate scout with the Miami Marlins since 2016.

Daly’s thought of being involved with Dirtbags Baseball.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be in the right places at the right time. I can’t express the gratitude and appreciation to Andy Partin for giving me a chance to work with such a prestigious program. With that being said, I also have been surrounded by some great people/coaches while being with the Dirtbags. Life is all about surrounding yourself with quality people.”

Hobbies outside of baseball: Working out and enjoying other sports.

Most enjoyable Dirtbag moments: Always enjoy seeing kids commit to college baseball, one of the greatest parts of this job.

Favorite Music: All Kinds

Favorite website:

Favorite Book: Called to Coach with Bobby Bowden

Favorite Movie: Ghostbusters

Favorite Actors: Denzel Washington & Adam Sandler

Favorite Actress: Sandra Bullock & Jennifer Coolidge

Favorite MLB Team: Atlanta Braves

Favorite College Football Team: East Carolina Pirates

Favorite Sports Figure: Michael Jordan

Best Player Played with:  Adam Warren (New York Yankees 2012-Present)

Best Player Ever Coached: Eric Jenkins (2015 2nd Round Pick by Texas Rangers), Angel Zarate (2017 North Carolina Tarheel)

Favorite Quote: “Sports don’t build character, they reveal it” -John Wooden

Advice to players: Keep your head down, work hard and put your best foot forward everyday. It will all work out in the end.


Roxann Markey - Chief Operating Officer


Hunter Ridge- Director of Player Development

Hunter Ridge played four years at UNC-Wilmington where he is the All Time hits leader. He also is in Top 10 in 10 other hitting categories. Ridge played three seasons in the Coastal Plains League where he is the All Time hits leader and Homerun leader for the Asheboro Copperheads.

In his Junior season he won the CPL Homerun Derby and was Defensive MVP of the All Star game.

Ridge also spent three seasons in Independent Ball. Hunter is currently a full-time employee of Dirtbags Baseball, where he is in charge of Player Development.

Logan Koch - Youth/Middle School Director

Logan Koch is a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School, class of 2013, where he was a four year letterman and captain of the 4A State Championship team.  Koch also was a 2011 Team USA participant.

Koch played at the University of South Carolina from 2013-2015 and transferred to Francis Marion University to play from 2016 to 2017.  He graduated with a BS in Political Science and Sociology.

Koch coached three seasons in the CPL for the Gastonia Grizzlies, leading them to win the Petitt Cup in 2017.

Jon Walker - Director, VA

Jon Walker graduated from George Washington High School in Danville VA in 2005. Walker was named District Player of the Year as a Junior and Senior, Region Player of the year as a junior, and later, Metro Player of the year as a senior.  Walker toted a 24-1 record as a high school pitcher.

Walker attended Campbell University on a baseball scholarship in 2005, in which he threw over 50 innings as a true freshman at Campbell. Walker transferred to Averett University in 2006 and finished his playing career with the Cougars.

Upon graduating from Averett University, Walker was offered the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator job at 22 years old. Coached and mentored by former pro, Ed Fulton, Walker spent 5 seasons at Averett learning from Fulton before stepping down to pursue travel baseball full-time.

Walker coached 16 All-Conference players during his time at Averett. Coaching at Averett, working various camps around the region and developing relationships with college coaches is what led Walker into travel baseball.

In 2010, Jon Walker started the Virginia Reds travel baseball organization. Mostly comprised of local Southern Virginia players, the teams competed up and down the East Coast. Coach Walker grew the Virginia Reds to 14 teams ranging from ages 9U-17U.  Walker is also the Owner/Operator of Elite Performance Academy, LLC; a 20,000 sqft. indoor baseball training facility. Coach Walker and staff train 125 players a week at the indoor facility. Coach Walker states that his biggest accomplishment in travel baseball is helping over 200 of his players to go on to play NCAA Baseball.

Seth Simmons- Pitching Coordinator
Seth Simmons is a former 9-year professional player who pitched and hit in Triple-A with the Diamondbacks & Padres & Team USA. Before that he was the closer for the East Carolina Pirates.
Shawn Miller - Maryland Director

Shawn Miller is the new Maryland Director of the Dirtbags Organization and will lead the Mid-Atlantic Dirtbags. Miller has an extensive baseball coaching experience that includes coaching from the youth level to the varsity level.

Mr. Miller is partnering with Ryan Wolfsheimer to lead the state of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic Dirtbags. Wolfsheimer and Miller were together at Dulaney High School prior to joining Calvert Hall College.

Wolfsheimer spent 11 seasons at coaching Dulaney High School where he accumulated a 175-58 record, won five Baltimore County titles and won District Coach of the Year three times.

Ben Cassillo

Ben Cassillo is from upstate New York and was a two-time All-Conference selection for Shaker High School, had a career .444 batting average before starting his collegiate career at the University of Virginia.  

At UVA, Cassillo was a walk-on player where he was a part of the 2015 National Championship team. Cassillo played alongside 17 teammates who were selected in the top 10 rounds in the MLB draft, including 6 1st round picks.  Cassillo graduated from UVA in 3 years, majoring in Economics and minoring in Religious Studies. He currently works as a data analyst for a digital marketing company in the Charlotte area. Ben is entering his 1st year of coaching with the Dirtbags.

Brendan Dougherty

Brendan Dougherty began his college career at Potomac State Junior College, where he posted a .370 career batting average and was a third team All-American in 1994.  In 1995, he was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American and helped the college to a National Championship. Dougherty was also named to the Junior College World Series All-Tournament team that season and would later be inducted to the Potomac State Athletic Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2008.  

Dougherty later played two seasons at Coastal Carolina (1996-1997), 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 a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Coastal Carolina in 1998.

Dougherty began his coaching career at Elon University in Burlington, NC as a 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.

In 2003, Dougherty worked with the Auburn Tiger’s infielders, outfielders and catchers, while assisting with bunting and base running.  Dougherty assisted Auburn to a #4 National Seed that year.

Later, Dougherty spent two years as an assistant coach with the Army.  During his time there, 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 American honor from the American Baseball Coaches Association, becoming the first Army player in 40 years to accomplish the feat.

After his time with the Army, Dougherty experienced success at the highest level as an assistant coach at Coastal Carolina.  The Chanticleers made five consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a berth in the Super Regionals in 2008 and 2010.  The team also won 5 consecutive conference regular season and tournament championships, and had a perfect record of 29-0 in 2010.

Dougherty spent 4 seasons at Western Kentucky University where 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 with the 7th 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 5 players finished with a batting average of .300 or better.


Dylan Dickens

Dylan Dickens pitched for the Dirtbags from 2008 to 2010. During his tenure with the Dirtbags, he won 2010 WWBA World Championship, and threw 14 1/3 innings throughout the tournament. Dickens played on his high school Varsity team for 4 years at Person High School.

Dickens graduated from East Carolina University, and ranked 5th in Coastal Plain League in 2011.  Additionally, Dickens was recognized as a 2011 and 2012 CPL All-Star.

Dickens has been a pitching instructor since 2015, and began coaching in 2016. He was the pitching coach for Dirtbag Bad Company, and Dirtbag Drew in 2018. In 2019 he will be coaching 2023 Dirtbag Dickens and assisting Dirtbag Koch.

Tyler Drew

Tyler Drew is a Fayetteville, NC native where he played high school baseball at Jack Britt High School under Coach Sam Guy.

After high school, Drew continued his baseball career at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville, NC.  While at Southeastern CC, Drew was an Academic All-American and a part 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 High School and has been the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Southeastern Community College.  Currently, Drew serves as a Math Teacher and pitching coach at Southern Lee High School.

John Eberle

John Eberle is from Sylvania, Ohio, where he played baseball at Northview High School.  During his senior season, he was an All-Ohio selection.

After high school, Eberle, played Division III baseball for Adrian College and later earned his degree in Business Administration.  

Eberle was the JV assistant coach for Sylvania Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio, and later served at the JV Head Coach.  Additionally, he served as the Head Coach for the Midwest Mavericks Baseball Club in Sylvania, OH.

After moving to North Carolina in 2001, he served as the Head Coach for the Thomasville Junior Hi-Toms American Legion in Thomasville, NC and went on to be the Assistant Coach at High Point University, Hitting Coach at Wake Tech Community College and the Assistant Coach for the Cameron Village Big Timers, the Broughton High School summer Varsity team.

Brad Gero

Brad Gero is a native of Lake Worth, FL and a graduate of Park Vista High School in 2010. Gero was a member of back to back state Final Four teams in 08 and 09 and in 2010 was named FACA High School Player of the Year in Palm Beach County. Gero played junior college baseball at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, FL where as a sophomore he compiled a 7-0 record and was named 1st team all Mid-Florida Conference. During this time Gero was coaching for the Palm Beach PAL organization in the summers and was a part of many Perfect Game and Junior Olympic championship teams.

Gero continued his playing career at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va for head coach Chris Finwood in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 he set the school record for appearances with 39 and was tied for the Conference USA lead in saves with 12. During the 2014 season Gero was a part of ODU’s first NCAA tournament team in 14 years earning an at large bid to the Columbia Regional.

Upon conclusion of his playing career Gero stayed at Old Dominion as a student assistant in 2015 when he finished his degree in Sports Management and assisted with the Monarch pitching staff and camp coordination. In 2016-2017 Gero spent time at both Daytona State College and Florida State College of Jacksonville where he worked with pitchers and assisted with recruiting efforts.

Gero currently resides in Rock Hill, Sc where he is teaching and coaching baseball at Northwestern High School.

Matt Hamlet

Matt Hamlet spent two years playing for the Dirtbags as a middle infielder. He played college baseball as a four year starter at Boston College. Played in the Cape Cod League. Second year as an assistant coach at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy (VA). 

Brent Haynes

Haynes graduated Southern Alamance High School in 2006.  Was a 2 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.

After high school Haynes went to Young Harris College before transferring and finishing at University of Mount Olive. Haynes was selected as conference pitcher of week on two occasions.  Helped Mount Olive make an NCAA regional appearance during junior and senior seasons.
After graduating from Mount Olive in 2010 Haynes became the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Guilford Tech Community College for 2 seasons (2010-2012).  Haynes guided the pitching staff to school records in wins, strikeouts and team ERA during the 2011 season.  Haynes was named pitching coach for the Thomasville Hi-Toms of the coastal plains league in the summer of 2012.  After the 2012 season Haynes left GTCC to become a PE teacher at Southern Alamance where he is also an assistant baseball coach.
Nathan Hill

Nathan attended East Rowan High School in Salisbury, North Carolina where he was an outfielder and a pitcher. Upon graduation he pursued a degree in Education and Coaching at North Carolina State University.

Nathan is currently the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina…

Will Inman

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

Inman originally committed to Auburn University, but passed on the opportunity after being drafted in the 3rd round (87th) by the Milwaukee Brewers as a pitcher.

He played with the Milwaukee organization from 2005 to 2007 when he was traded to the San Diego Padres.  Inman played with the Padres until 2012 when he was signed as a free agent to the Boston Red Sox.  He later signed as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Inman is currently the head coach at Carlisle School in Virginia.

Sean Johnson

Sean graduated Belmont Abbey College in May of 2022 where he finished hitting with a .355AVG, 75 Hits, and 15 home runs as a leadoff hitter. Those lines went on to lead him to many accolades including first team all-conference and defense, as well as second team all-region. Sean is a 2 time first-team all Coastal Plain League player for the Morehead City Marlins reigning from Kansas City, MO.

Outside of baseball Sean likes working out, hanging out with his dog and finding new places to eat around the city. He has a degree in Business Management and Psychology.

Matt Jolly

Matt Jolly is entering his third season with the Dirtbags. He’s currently the JV Head/Varsity Assistant Coach at North Myrtle Beach High School. Matt graduated from Carolina Forest High School in 2010 where I was a multi-sport athlete with three years of Varsity Baseball experience.

He was named to the 2010 SC 1A/4A South All-Star team as a P/OF. After Carolina Forest, he attended Newberry College and played baseball for four years. In the fall of 2014, he attended Coastal Carolina University for a Master’s in Education and joined the baseball team as a Graduate Assistant.

Matt says that “he was fortunate to hold that position for two years and be a part of the 2016 National Championship team”. Since graduating from Coastal Carolina University, he has been teaching in North Myrtle Beach (Middle School) for four years and has been an Assistant Coach with the Middle School Football team in addition to coaching Baseball.

Outside of baseball Matt enjoys spending time outdoors, spending it with my family and friends. He also volunteer time with the youth group his local church and with the local FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes). He sees what he does as an opportunity to reach young people for Christ and to help them improve on and off of the field. He states “he has been blessed by God in so many ways and hope that I can be a blessing to others”. God Bless.

Joe Lebeda
Joe Lebeda graduated from Sanderson High School in 1993.
After graduation, Joe moved played baseball at Louisburg College and later earned his Business Management degree from UNC-Greensboro in 1997.
Lebeda has coached many levels of baseball since 1997, including a state championship team in 2008.
Will James
Will James, a Greenville, NC native enters his ninth season with the Dirtbags.
James works at Ayden-Grifton High School and is the pitching coach there, he has worked at Ayden-Grifton since he graduated college in 2013.  

James graduated from Guilford College in May 2013 with a Major in Sport Management and Minor in Criminal Justice.  At the Collegiate level, James a right handed pitcher played under Coach Nick Black for four years.  During this rein, he remained a top starting pitcher and is among Guilford’s career leaders with 218 innings pitched and 53 apperances.
Before attending Guilford College, James played baseball at DH Conley High School. He received the Pitcher of the Year at D.H. Conley both Junior and Senior years and was awarded Pitt County Pitcher of the year from 6 high school selections in his senior year of high school.
Christian Maggio

4 Year Starter at Charleston Southern. Top 10 in Career Hits At Charleston Southern. Played at Carolina Forest HS and was All-State his Junior and Senior Year.

  • 2018 Big South Second Team All-Conference Catcher
  • Second on the team with a .288 batting average with 38 hits in 132 at-bats
  • Finished the season with four extra base hits with two doubles, a triple, and a home run
  • Fourth on the team with 16 RBI and scored 11 runs
  • Drew 18 walks and was hit by a pitch

Finished the season with a .974 fielding percentage with 267 putouts and 33 assists


  • Only played in 10 games due to injury, but started all of them
  • In limited action, collected nine hits and drove in two runs
  • Went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Bucs’ 10-5 win over Citadel
  • in 308 chances


  • Hit .261 with three doubles and nine RBI, tied for the most RBI on the team
  • Drove in five runs and walked three times (both career-highs) on Feb. 28 against Delaware State
  • Made a team best 113 putouts, did not make an error, and only had one passed ball behind the plate

Finished his Playing career in 2021 as one of the best catchers in the history of CSU and graduated with a degree in communications and minor in public health..

Phil Maier

Phil Maier has 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


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:
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

Jody Nelson

Coach Nelson is a player/coach alum of Halifax County High School (Virginia). After graduating from HCHS, Nelson continued his playing days at Randolph-Macon College. Nelson’s desire for the game forced him to jump straight into coaching upon graduation. After spending 8 years coaching Halifax County Middle School, Nelson made the transition to high school. Due to his experiences coaching players of various ages, Coach Nelson brings a diverse coaching pedagogy to his players. Nelson truly embraces the challenges of fine-tuning players’ mechanics to develop increases in arm velocity and power at the plate, along with the required mental approach necessary for players to maximize their potential.

Jody Nelson is a Halifax County native who currently resides in South Boston.  He is married to Katye Temple Nelson, and they have two children together: JJ and Nora Grace.  When he is not on the baseball diamond, Coach Nelson enjoys many outdoors activities including golf, hunting, and fishing.

Earl Oliver

Earl Oliver is a graduate of South Mecklenburg High School where he lettered in baseball for four seasons and was a key member of the state championship winning team in 2013. He then went on to graduate from East Carolina University and has been the pitching coach at Covenant Day School in Charlotte for 5 seasons. This will be his 6th summer coaching showcase baseball.

Cameron Ramsey
Cameron Ramsey attended Rocky Mount High School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina playing under Pat Smith. In 2008, during his junior season, his team won the North Carolina 3A Baseball State Championship. After high school he played college baseball for two seasons at Wake Tech before heading to Campbell University to complete a degree In Exercise Science and Physical Education. 
Cameron is currently in his sixth year as a Head Baseball Coach at Rocky Mount Academy. In 2019 the RMA won the NCISAA 2A baseball State Championship. 
Chad Rothlin

Chad Rothlin graduated from Fred T. Foard High School in Hickory, NC.  At FTFHS, Chad was an All-Conference player in 2007 and 2008, including 2 conference championships.  During his senior season, he finished 8-1 with 104 strikeouts and 7 walks.

Rothlin played with the UNC-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.  Chad is entering his 3rd year of coaching with the Dirtbags.

Nolan Schrenker

Nolan Schrenker was born and raised in Tampa, FL. He attended Bloomingdale High School for 4 years playing baseball.

After graduation, he received both athletic and academic scholarships to attend Newberry College in Newberry, SC. He played all 4 years at Newberry College.

Nolan has coached in age groups anywhere from 10u to 18u. During his playing career, he specialized in middle infield, however was considered a utility player as well, playing all positions.

With this knowledge, Nolan has an extensive background on coaching and developing players of all age groups and all positions.

He currently resides in Concord, North Carolina with his fiancé, Lindsey, and 3 dogs, Winston, Titan and Lilly.

Jason Slaughter

Jason Slaughter is a Dirtbag alumni from Durham, NC and a 2018 graduate from Orange High School.  He played under Head Coach Dean Dease and was a two time All-Conference selection.

Slaughter is now playing for Belmont Abbey College where he is studies Business.

Axel Smith

Axel attended JH Rose High School located in Greenville, North Carolina. He played for the legendary Ronald Vincent for four seasons. Axel was named All-Conference in three of the four seasons while attending Rose (Sophomore-Senior).  Axel was named Conference Player of the Year his senior season as well All-State.

After graduating from JH Rose, Axel attended North Carolina Wesleyan. While attending Wesleyan, Axel played under current UNC Head Baseball Coach Mike Fox. In 1989, Axel and the North Carolina Wesleyan Fighting Bishops won the National Championship.

Axel is currently entering his ninth year as the Head Baseball Coach at The Oakwood School.  Oakwood has won the state championship (2016), since Axel Smith has been at the helm.

Justin White
High School: Prepped for coach Brett Harwood on the 2012 2a NC State Championship Whiteville High School Wolfpack … Earned all-district, all-conference and all-conference tournament laurels as a senior after registering an 8-0 record on the mound and tallying a .340 batting average … Named defensive player of the year as a junior after turning in a 7-0 clip.
Freshman: Pitched for Brunswick Community College as a freshman for Robbie Allen … pitched as a long relief/setup pitcher for the 2013 Region X Conference Champions.
Sophomore: Graduated with Associate in Arts … Worked as a closer with some spot starts for the 2014 Region X Conference Champions Southeastern Community College Rams for Scott Johnson … as a sophomore he verbally committed to NCCU … while playing in the Coastal Plains League for the Fayetteville Swampdogs during that summer he decided to decommit and commit to the University of Mount Olive.
Junior: After a fall of arm troubles he left UMO to be the Assistant/Pitching coach for Southeastern Community College under Scott Johnson.
Senior: Attended University of North Carolina at Pembroke while majoring in Exercise and Sport Science, Kinesiology with a Major Concentration in Exercise Physiology … SCC brought in a new coaching staff so he attended the walk-on tryouts at UNCP and once again was a relief pitcher under Paul O’Neils Braves.
Coaching: Has coached Whiteville’s Post 137 legion team for 2 summers, helped coach for Whiteville High School and currently is helping coach for Purnell-Swett High School … this will be his second summer with the Dirtbags after his first summer with the South Carolina Dirtbags.