Cotuit Kettleers 2017 Roster
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|PHOTOS||#||NAME,||POS, B/T, HT, WT, CLASS, COLLEGE|
|Alexander, Luke||2B, S/R, 6'0, 190, 2019, Mississippi State|
|Avant, Chandler||INF, R/R, 5'11 175, 2018, Alabama|
|Bilous, Jason||RHP, R/R, 6'2, 175, 2019, Coastal Carolina|
|Byrne, Mike||RHP, R/R, 6'2, 205, 2019, Florida|
|Cohen, Chase||RHP, R/R, 6'1, 183, 2019, Georgia Southern|
|Collins, Zane||LHP, L/L, 6'2, 215, 2019, Wright State|
|Conine, Griffin||OF, L/R, 6'1, 200, 2019, Duke|
|Cota, Clark||RHP, R/R, 6'2, 215, 2019, UNC Wilmington|
|Cresto, John||INF, R/R, 6'3, 210, 2019, Santa Clara University|
|Davis, Noah||RHP, R/R, 6'2, 195, 2020, UC Santa Barbara|
|Demby, Christian||RHP, R/R, 6'4, 218, 2019, NC State|
|Dillard, Thomas||C/OF, S/R, 6'0, 215, 2020, Ole Miss|
|Gonzalez, Ivan||C, R/R, 5'9, 188, 2019, West Virginia|
|Hooper, Justin||LHP, R/L, 6'7, 235, 2019, UCLA|
|Jenista, Greyson||INF, L/R, 6'4, 240, 2019, Wichita St.|
|Kemp, Kyle||Closer, R/R, 6'2, 228, 2019, Lipscomb University|
|Kinneman, Brett||OF, L/L, 6'0, 195, 2019, NC State|
|Kitchen, Austin||LHP, R/L, 6'0, 200, 2019, Coastal Carolina|
|Kone, Zack||SS, R/R, 6'3, 202, 2019, Duke|
|Lehman, Taylor||LHP, L/L 6'8, 225, 2018, Penn State|
|Lewis, Miles||OF, S/R, 6'1, 200, 2019, Michigan|
|Martellini, Gian||C, R/R, 6'1, 215, 2019, Boston College|
|Rapp, Brian||RHP, R/R, 2018, Boston College|
|Shugart, Chase||RHP, L/R, 5'10, 180, 2019, Texas|
|Shuman, Seth||RHP, R/R, 6'1, 195, 2020, Georgia Southern|
|Stallings, Mitch||LHP, L/L, 6'2, 170, Duke|
|Toglia, Michael||1B, S/R, 6'5, 205, 2020, UCLA|
|Vancena, Jayce||RHP, R/R, 6'5, 225, Michigan|
|Vavra, Terrin||SS, L/R, 6'0, 185, 2019, Minnesota|
|#||NAME||POS, BT, HT, WT, CLASS, COLLEGE|
|Bigras, Mitch||INF, L/L, 6'5, 210, 2018, Boston College|
|Cyphert, Dylan||LHP, L/L, 6'0, 205, 2019, Gulf Coast State College|
|Egly, Harrisen||Closer, L/R, 6'5, 200, 2018, Columbia University|
|Erickson, Jacob||LHP L/L, 5'9, 180, 2018, San Diego State|
|Fleisher, Colin||INF, R/R, 6'3, 225, 2018, Virginia Military Institute|
|Gardner, Daniel||OF, L/L, 6'0, 180, 2018, University of San Diego|
|Gibson, Keyton||RHP, R/R, 6'2, 209, 2019, Georgia Tech|
|Hanson, Alex||OF, R/R, 5'10, 180 2018, Mercer College|
|Inman, David||RHP, R/R, 6'1, 180, Florida Southwestern|
|King, Dylan||RHP, R/R, 6'4, 220, 2019, Belmont University|
|Pita, Matt||OF, R/R, 5'10, 180, 2019, Virginia Military Institute|
|Reese, Blake||INF, S/R, 5'11, 185, 2019, Florida|
|Rolette, Josh||C, L/R, 6'0, 200, Kansas State|
|Scott, Adam||LHP, L/L, 6'4, 230, 2018, Wofford College|
|Shilling, Luke||RHP, R/R, 6'5, 250, 2019, Illinois|
|Simpson, Josh||LHP L/L, 6'1, 185, 2019, Columbia|
|Thomas, Ako ("a-KAY-oh")||INF, R/R, 5'8, 160, Michigan|
|Turner, Andrew||INF, R/R, 5'11, 180, 2018, Long Island University|
2017 Coaches and Trainer
Coach Mike Roberts
Coach Roberts returns for his 14th consecutive season in 2017. During his coaching tenure in the Cape League, which includes 2 seasons in Wareham in 1984 and 2000 where both teams made the playoffs, Coach Roberts has led his team to the playoffs in 9 of the 13 seasons in Cotuit. The Kettleers have brought home the Arnold Mycock Championship Trophy to Cotuit in 2010 and 2013.
In 2012, the team won the President’s Trophy for the best regular season record in the league at 30-14. This was the first time the Kettleers had reached 30 wins under Coach Roberts’ leadership.
From 1978 through 1998, Roberts was the head coach at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then went on to UNC-Asheville, where he coached in the spring of 2000. All totaled, Roberts’ UNC teams made nine NCAA post-season and two College World Series appearances. Five times his teams captured the ACC Regular Season Championship and four times the ACC Tournament Championship. Eight of Roberts’ former players have been first round draft picks. Sixteen of his former players at UNC have played in Major League Baseball. His greatest individual coaching success is his own son, Brian Roberts, who played 14 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. Brian was a two-time all-star 2nd baseman with Baltimore.
Bobby Evans, former student manager at UNC for Coach Roberts, is the current GM of the San Francisco Giants. Walt Weiss, who played for Coach Roberts at UNC-CH and went on to become the American League Rookie of the Year in 1988, formerly managed the Colorado Rockies. Five of Coach Roberts’ former players are now head college baseball coaches, many are assistants, and several others work in professional baseball or are professional baseball athletic advisors. “I am pleased so many of the excellent student athletes I have recruited through the years continue to enjoy a career helping young men try to reach their academic, athletic, and career goals.”
“Every summer in Cotuit, the goal is to win a Cape League Championship. We strive to accomplish this goal with mature college student athletes from around the nation who embrace practicing and playing at picturesque Elizabeth Lowell Park. Many of the Kettleers players become involved in our wonderful community with the July 4th parade and activities at the Cotuit Library, Willowbend Country Club, and the ever-growing Kettleers baseball clinics. The athletes provide excellent leadership to young people during the summer as they are also building close relationships, many which last a lifetime, with their host families.” explained Roberts.
Prior to managing Wareham to the Western Division regular season title in 2000, Roberts led Wareham to the same title in 1984. Each of those two seasons, Roberts’ Cape League teams led the entire League in stolen bases and continues this tradition with the Kettleers. In 2000, Roberts’ Wareham team tied the Cape League all-time single season stolen base record with 134 stolen bases.
In the off-season, Coach Roberts has studied part-time for his Doctorate in Sports Administration at the University of New Mexico. He holds base stealing clinics and recently spoke at the 2017 ABCA Coaches Convention in Anaheim before 4,000 coaches. He writes and produces baseball videos. He has written two books on base stealing : You Can’t Steal Second Base and Keep Your Foot on First! published in Dec.2008 and Baserunning published in Dec. 2013. When not in Cotuit coaching the Kettleers, Mike is a full time consultant with the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs, where his emphasis is catching, base stealing and working on improving speed, utilizing a new program built by Coach Roberts.
Several base stealing videos were filmed at beautiful Lowell Park in Cotuit in 2011, and a hitting video was filmed at Lowell Park in 2012. His son Brian, who led the American League in stolen bases in 2007, contributed to the first book and the DVD which shows clips of Brian stealing bases for the Orioles.
Mike is a former full-time professor for Asbury University, outside of Lexington, Kentucky, where he was Director of the Dept. of Sports Management. Several of his former students have interned for the Kettleers the past three summers.
In January 2015, Coach Roberts was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Mike’s daughter Angie Stroman and her husband David live in Dallas, TX, with their two boys Tyler (8) and Brock (5).
Mike’s son Brian and his wife Diana live in Sarasota, FL, with their two boys, Jax (3) and Nash (10 months).
Trey McCall – Assistant Coach
Trey McCall is entering his 12th season of his second stint and 13th year overall as Head Baseball Coach at Emory & Henry College. Returning to Emory in the fall of 2005, he is the first full-time head coach in the history of the Wasps’ program.
During the summer of 2013, McCall served as an assistant coach for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He helped lead the Kettleers, a team made up of many elite-level Division I players, to the Cape League Championship. McCall also spent four weeks on the Cape during the summer of 2015 to again work with the Kettleers.
In 2012, the Wasps had a breakout season, finishing tied for third in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference after being picked to finish 10th. McCall led E&H to its first ODAC Tournament appearance since 1999 and saw four players named all-conference including second baseman Josh McMillian, who was selected to the All-South Region First Team by the ABCA. For his efforts, McCall earned ODAC Coach of the Year honors.
A legendary high school baseball star at Abingdon High School, McCall caught for the Falcons and had ferocious power as a hitter. After his high school graduation, he was selected as the 16th pick of the First Round in the 1985 Major League baseball draft. McCall spent four and a half seasons in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and progressed to the major league spring training camp for the 1988 season.
McCall spent several years working in the financial industry before returning to baseball as the Head Coach at Abingdon High School from 1999 to 2005. During his seven years at Abingdon, McCall led his team to four appearances in the regional play-offs and an undefeated regular season in 2004. McCall assumed his current duties as the E&H Head Coach in prior to the 2006 season. He previously served as Head Baseball Coach at Emory & Henry in 1991 while he was completing his undergraduate degree.
He was named Assistant Athletic Director in the fall of 2006 and served as Interim Director of Athletics from August 2009 to March 2010. In his current role, McCall is responsible for facilities oversight and the athletic department’s special projects.
McCall attended Emory & Henry during the off-season while playing in the minor leagues, and he graduated from E&H in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. He completed his master’s degree in Physical Education at East Tennessee State University in 2008. He resides in Abingdon with wife Laura Sykes McCall (E&H ’91) and two daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth.
Nick Calhoun – Assistant Coach
Nick enters his second season with the Cotuit Kettleers in 2016. Nick currently is an assistant coach at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. There Nick coach’s third base, is head of the strength and conditioning program for position players, recruiter and team academic advisor. From 2013-2015 Nick was an assistant coach at Salem International University, in Salem West Virginia, where Nick worked with position players, managed and organized team fund raising events and placed players in summer leagues.
Nick graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL where he played baseball and was the 2011 Male Athlete of the year, Team Captain 2011 & 2012 and Academic All Conference in 2011 & 2012. Nick resides in Evansville, IN.
Tim Smith – Assistant Coach
Tim Smith Jr enters his 1st season as strength and conditioning coach with the Cotuit Kettleers in 2017. Tim is the strength coach at Cressey Sports Performance in Jupiter, FL. He is a graduate of Keiser University in Palm Beach, FL, with a degree in Biomedical Sciences and Business Management, where he was on the Presidents List for two years. Tim also attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN for two years and graduated with degree in Biology & Biochemistry.
Tim was a member of the NAIA National Champion baseball team and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He served as the assistant strength coach with Vanderbilt baseball this spring. He will serve as the graduate assistant for the strength and conditioning programs at Purdue in the fall while earning his masters degree in Health and Kinesiology. Tim resides in Nashville, TN
Jonathan King – Assistant Coach
Jonathan King enters his 1st season with the Cotuit Kettleers as a coach. Jonathan is a recent graduate of Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering. During his time at Tech Jonathan was on the ACC Academic Honor Roll three years, and in 2016 received The Georgia Tech Association Leadership Award. Jonathan was a LHP and pitched for the Kettleers in 2015. Jonathan resides in Murfreesboro, TN.
Craig Moody – Athletic Trainer
Craig Moody joined Cape Cod Rehab and Mashpee Fitness staff in August 2013 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Maine at Presque Isle and a Master’s degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Craig is a National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certi cation (NATABOC) Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Performance
Enhancement Specialist (PES), a National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE) Certified Specialist, and a Level 1 & 2 Certified Burdenko Method Instructor.
After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, Craig had an internship with the Toronto Blue Jays AA Minor League team located in Manchester, NH for the 2010 season. He then worked as an Athletic Trainer for Bridgton Academy until he was employed by the Philadelphia Phillies AA Minor League team in Reading, PA as their Assistant Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Intern for the 2011 season. After the completion of the 2011 season, Craig was accepted as a Graduate Assistant with the College of Charleston to perform the duties of the Head Athletic Trainer for the Cougars Baseball team for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Craig became the Head ATC for the Cotuit Kettleers for the 2014 season and is even more excited to be returning for his fourth summer of work with the Kettleers for the 2017 season.