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 1000 alumni move on to college baseball and 216 go on to be drafted by MLB teams including 28 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 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 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, 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: Coach K in the National Championship Game
Favorite Music: All kinds, but loud
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 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.
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: One game that sticks out to me is the win over Team Elite in the World Wood Bat Championship in Jupiter, Florida in 2015. Another one of the most enjoyable moments for me, is getting a phone call from a current Dirtbag that he has made a commitment to college baseball.
Favorite Music: All Kinds
Favorite website: espn.com
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)
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
Brendan Dougherty - Director, SC
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.
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 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 50 innings as a 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 later 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. Walker states that his biggest accomplishment with the Virginia Reds has been assisting 78 of his players to go on to play NCAA Baseball.
Everett Hancock - Youth Director
Everett Hancock is a graduate of Havelock High School, class of 1998, and helped lead HHS to the 1998 3A Championship. While there, he was named MVP of the championship series and holds several pitching records at HHS including ERA in season (0.81), strikeouts in a season (158) and wins in a season (14).
In his college career, Hancock earned a Division 1 scholarship to pitch at UNC-Greensboro (1999-2002). While at UNC-Greensboro, Hancock led UNC-G in innings pitched and games started in 2000 and 2001.
In 2002 Hancock was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 MLB draft (28th round, 830th player overall).
In his coaching career, Everett Hancock served as an assistant coach at Ragsdale High School from 2004 to 2010 under coach Donnie Maness, guiding the Tigers to the 2006 3A State Championship Series. In 2011, Coach Hancock served as an assistant coach at Forsyth Country Day School under Coach Andy Partin, leading the Furies to the 3A Private School State Championship. Coach Hancock later served as the head coach of Forsyth Country Day School and North Forsyth High School. Additionally, Hancock was the Director of Instruction at the Hitting Zone in Winston-Salem, NC prior to joining the Dirtbags Staff.
Logan Koch - 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.
Eric Leary - Team Director
Eric Leary has over 20 years of coaching experience at the high school level for both baseball and football. Leary was the assistant coach at Barton College from 1992-1994.
Leary has been published in the American Baseball Coaches Associations Coaching Digest. He is currently an associate scout with the New York Mets and was an associate scout with the Major League Scouting Bureau from 2004-2016.
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.
Ryan Falcon - Player Development
Ryan 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.
Brent Haynes - Player Development
Brent Haynes attended Southern Alamance High School and graduated in 2005. During his senior year, Haynes was a two-time, All-State selection and conference Player of the Year. In 2005, Haynes won the State Championship and was named MVP of the Championship Series.
Haynes attended Young Harris College before transferring to Mount Olive College where he would finish his college career. Haynes was selected as Conference Pitcher of the Week twice and helped Mount Olive make an NCAA Regional appearance during his junior and senior seasons.
Haynes later went on to become a pitching coach at Guilford Technical Community College for two seasons, 2010-2012. During his time there, Haynes guided pitching staff to school record wins, strikeouts and team ERA. During the summer of 2012, Haynes was the pitching coach for the Thomasville Hi-Toms of the Coastal Plains League, and joined the EM Holt staff (Burlington, NC) that fall as a PE Teacher. Haynes has been an Assistant Coach at Southern Alamance High School since 2012 and a coach with the Dirtbags since 2013.
Jacob Baker is a Dirtbags alumni who played under Andy Partin. He graduated from Garner Magnet High School in 2010 where he was a two-time All-Conference and All-State selection his senior year as a pitcher.
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 his 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coach Andy Friedlander has coached baseball at many levels including Hampden Sydney College and Claremont McKenna College. Coach Friedlander attended Southern Connecticut State University where he would play college football. We are excited to have Andy on staff with Dirtbags Baseball beginning this fall.
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.
Chandler Jenkins grew up in Lincolnton, NC and played baseball at West Lincoln for Coach Allan Chapman. While in High School, Chandler played three season for the Dirtbags. After high school, he attended Catawba Valley Community College from 2015-2017.
In 2017, he was named the National Junior College player of the year. He currently hold numerous school records such as the highest career average(.431), highest average in a single season (.460) and most HR’s in a career and in a season (18). After my time his time at CVCC, he transferred to East Carolina University and played there from 2017-2019.
Chandler was apart of the 2018 and 2019 Greenville Regional while winning the Greenville Regional in 2019 and advancing to the Louisville Super Regional. He graduated from East Carolina in 2019 with a degree in Communication.
He previously spent one year as an assistant coach at Catawba Valley Community College but the season was cut short due to COVID-19.
We’re excited to have Coach Chandler Jenkins back with the Dirtbags this upcoming year.
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.
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.
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.
During his college career, Alex Krivanek played at the University of Kentucky, where he was a relief pitcher. Krivanek played alongside 7 teammates who were selected in the MLB draft. Originally, from Ohio, Krivanek was a 2-time All-Conference selection for Olentangy Liberty before walking-on as a pitcher at UK.
Krivanek is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Business Marketing and a minor in pre-law. Krivanek currently works as a marketing analyst at a digital marketing company in the Charlotte area. Alex is entering his 1st year of coaching with the Dirtbags.
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
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
Coach Nelson is currently the head JV and assistant Varsity baseball coach for Halifax County High School (Virginia) as well as a recruiting coordinator/coach with the Dirtbags. He is a Randolph-Macon College baseball alum, class of 2006, and HCHS class of 2003. Nelson’s desire for the game forced him to jump straight into coaching upon his graduation from college. After spending 8 years coaching Halifax County Middle School, Coach 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.
After serving two different stints leading the American Legion Post 8 teams (including 2017 VA junior state champions), Coach Nelson knew it was time for him to get involved with a premier showcase organization in order to provide Southside Virginia’s players with the best opportunity to extend their careers. While there have been draft picks and collegiate players ranging from D1 to JUCO during Nelson’s tenure at Halifax, he knows the Dirtbags best prepare players no matter their next level of competition. Since coming onboard with the Dirtbags in 2018, Nelson has worked with different teams during player combines/practices as well as an assistant coach to Jon Walker. This summer and fall, Nelson will head-up the Dirtbags Premier 17U (class of 2020) club.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Schramm is a native of Harrington Park, NJ where he played three varsity seasons under the direction of Tim Byron at Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. Upon his graduation from NVOT, Matt committed to Roanoke College where he was a member of the baseball team as he rehabbed from two knee surgeries suffered his senior year of high school.
Schramm unfortunately suffered a third injury that Spring and decided to transfer to the University of South Carolina and hang up his cleats. After graduating from USC with a degree in Sports Management, Matt found himself taking a job as Director of Player Development at Rob Debrino’s Baseball Academy and helped form the NJ Wildthings Baseball Program.
Ultimately returning to the Carolinas in mid 2018, Schramm was the Asst. GM at D-Bat Indian Trail and continued coaching local travel programs in the Charlotte area.
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.
Ben Connor is entering his third season coaching with the Dirtbags. Connor played for the Dirtbags from 2010-2012 .
While in High School, Ben won two North Carolina State Championships. After graduation, Connor attended the University of Mount Olive from 2013-2018. He was a part of three conference championship while at UMO.
Ben graduated in 2018 with a B.S. Degree in Exercise Science and minored in coaching. He is currently the Hitting, Catching and Strength coach at Diamond Elite located in Conway, South Carolina.