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Paul Seiler — Executive Director/CEO
Carrington Austin — Director, Retail
Amanda Baumann — Director, Travel Services
Ashley Bratcher — Senior Director, Baseball Operations
Matt Blood — Director, 18U National Team
Jalen Burks — Director, Sport Development
Eric Campbell — General Manager, National Teams
Sean Campbell — Senior Director, Sport Development
Tyler Collins — Director, Youth Programs
Ray Darwin — Chief Financial Officer
Joe DiRienzo — Director, Multimedia Production
Mark Dvoroznak — Director, Program Development
Emily Fedewa — Assistant Director, Media Relations
Monica Garza — Assistant Director, Travel Services
Russell Hartford — Director, USABat Program
Jules Johnson — Director, Prospect Development Pipeline
Kevin Jones — Director, Digital Media
Megan Kane — Director, Retail Operations
Kevin Kelly — Director, Community Relations
Kristen Krebs — Assistant Director, Marketing
Cicely Lopez — Assistant Director, Accounting & Finance
Wiley McLeod — Assistant Director, Operations
David Perkins — Chief Operating Officer
Donald Platt — Director, Baseball Operations
Lauren Rhyne — Director, Educational Resources
Rick Riccobono — Chief Development Officer
Ben Trachtman — Director, Baseball Operations
Kyle Valente — Director, 12U National Team Program
James Vick — Director, Operations
Brad Young — Director, Media Relations

Paul Seiler — Executive Director/CEO

Paul V. Seiler assumed the duties of Executive Director/CEO of USA Baseball in October 2000, after previously serving the organization as Director of National Team Operations from 1997 to 1999 and in varying capacities since being hired in 1988.

During Seiler's tenure as the Executive Director/CEO, USA Baseball has forged a long-term partnership with Major League Baseball, experienced unprecedented success in its amateur national teams, renewed its international friendship series with Cuba, and now fields seven national teams and hosts more than 100 nation-wide events.

In 2000, Seiler worked closely with Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to help lead Team USA to its first ever Olympic gold medal at the Sydney Games. The Trenton, N.J., native recently held an at-large position on the Executive Committee of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and is currently the first vice president of COPABE, the Pan American Baseball Confederation. Seiler was also one of two technical delegates for baseball in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Seiler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology (pre-med) from the University of Scranton where he played soccer for the nationally ranked Royals. Paul and his wife, Wendi, have a son, Braden, and a daughter, Abigail, and they live in Cary, North Carolina.

Carrington Austin — Senior Director, Retail — Ext. 240

Carrington Austin was named USA Baseball's first-ever Director, Retail, in May 2013, and was promoted to Senior Director, Retail, in January 2017. Her responsibilities involve the management of the USA Baseball online shop, fulfillment center in Durham, North Carolina, and the USA Baseball Team Store in Cary, North Carolina.

Austin initially joined USA Baseball as a licensing and retail coordinator in April 2012. During her time as a coordinator, Austin's responsibilities included managing merchandise at the 15U East National Team Championships in Florida and working in the USA Baseball Team Store at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

She recently led the launch of the new USABaseballShop.com in November 2015.

Austin graduated from North Carolina State University in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in finance. While at NC State, she spent time working with University Recreation in the event-planning department.

She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Amanda Baumann — Director, Travel Services — Ext. 217

Amanda Baumann joined USA Baseball as Director, Travel Services, in January 2016. She serves as the organization's liaison with local and national hotels and works to secure hotel contracts for USA Baseball's National Team Identification Series (NTIS) and tournaments.

Baumann was a Sales Coordinator at the DoubleTree Hilton in Springfield, Mo., for over two years after working in the hotel industry in multiple capacities since 2010.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration/Management from Missouri State University in 2010.

Baumann currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ashley Bratcher — Senior Director, Baseball Operations — Ext. 219

Ashley Bratcher was named Senior Director, Baseball Operations, at USA Baseball in 2015, where she oversees the general management of the USA Baseball 12U and Women's National Teams. In addition to running two national team programs, she implemented and manages the 11U/12U Futures Invitational.

Bratcher first joined USA Baseball in April 2009 as an operations intern, working at camps and clinics and other events at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

She joined USA Baseball full time in October 2009 as the Director of Operations and the Women's National Team, managing all operational needs at the National Training Complex, USA Baseball camps and clinics and the Women's National Team program.

Bratcher was promoted to Director, National Team Development Programs and Women's National Team, in December 2012, continuing oversight of the Women's National Team program and overseeing the USA Baseball National Team Championships - West, which grew to over 230 teams and 4,000 participants. She was also responsible for the 14U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

In January 2015, Bratcher organized the inaugural Women's National Open and led the USA Baseball Women's National Team to its first-ever Pan American Games gold medal.

Bratcher graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2009 with a degree in exercise and sports science with a focus in sport administration. She also worked with the 22-time NCAA National Champion women's soccer program as both a team manager and camp administrator.

She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Jalen Burks — Director, Sport Development — Ext. 228

Jalen Burks started with USA Baseball as Director, Sport Development, in August 2016.

Prior to joining USA Baseball, Burks was a four-year member of the Neumann University baseball team, helping the team reach an NCAA Regional in 2013.

He previously interned with Nevobo in Den Haag, The Netherlands, for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. There he was the head statistics manager and assistant manager of volunteers, and was responsible for organizing and instructing volunteers on how to use a statistics program to track events in each match.

Burks graduated from Neumann University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Sport and Entertainment Management and minors in Business Administration and Marketing.

He currently resides in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Matt Blood — Director, 18U National Team Program — Ext. 225

Matt Blood was named the Director, 18U National Team Program, in January 2016, following a seven-year tenure as an area scout for the St. Louis Cardinals. Blood will take over a program that has won three consecutive World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 World Championships.

Blood will be responsible for the selection of the 18U National Team, the 17U National Team Development Program, and the Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball.

He first joined USA Baseball as an intern in 2006, assisting with the National Team Championships in Jupiter, Fla. He also spent time as a draft and prospect writer at Baseball America.

Blood graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Economics and minors in Business and Coaching.

He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Allison, and two children, Ben and Henry.

Eric Campbell — General Manager, National Teams — Ext. 222

Eric Campbell is USA Baseball's General Manager, National Teams, working with the College National Team and Professional Team.

Campbell joined the USA Baseball staff in January 2000 as the primary administrator to the Junior National Team (now 18U program) after serving as a volunteer administrator at two United State Olympic Committee (USOC) Olympic Festivals and an administrator and coach to various USA Baseball teams and events. After four years, he was promoted to the General Manager position.

In his 17 years at USA Baseball, Campbell has served as the primary or assistant team administrator for almost 40 national teams. USA Baseball's National Team won gold medals at the 2004, 2006 and 2008 FISU World Collegiate Championships, and he helped guide the 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team to a bronze medal in Beijing. Campbell also served on the technical committee for the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and was the team leader for the 2009 squad.

In 2009, Campbell helped lead the World Baseball Classic Team to a fourth-place finish, the Collegiate National Team to a World Baseball Challenge title and the World Cup Team to its second consecutive gold medal.

Most recently, Campbell helped lead the USA Baseball Premier12 Team to a silver medal in its inaugural event.

Campbell helped lead Omaha Burke High School to the 1979 Nebraska state high school championship. As a player at Creighton from 1981-84, Campbell played a variety of positions and even played all nine positions in a college baseball game. After being drafted by the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher and catcher, Campbell was released from professional baseball in 1985 and began his coaching/administrative career. After serving nine years in assistant-coach roles at Creighton, St. Thomas University (Fla.) and the United States Air Force Academy (AFA), Campbell served as the head baseball coach at the AFA from 1995-98. Campbell's 1995 club posted 29 wins, a mark that stands as the second most wins in a season in AFA history.

Campbell graduated from Creighton University in 1986 and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, the former Janette Bushyager, and two daughters, Tillie and Lucy.

Sean Campbell — Senior Director, Sport Development — Ext. 247

Sean Campbell joined USA Baseball in November 2015 as the Senior Director, Sport Development. He is responsible for overseeing all current and emerging sport-development initiatives for the organization.

Campbell played at UNLV from 1996-98 and was drafted as a catcher in the ninth round by the San Diego Padres in the 1998 First-Year Player Draft. After playing with the Padres organization for three seasons, he retired in 2001 following multiple hip surgeries.

After his playing career was over, he began teaching special education and coaching. During this time he assisted in coordinating international baseball trips to Australia and China.

In 2005, he began work as an area scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates before being hired by the San Diego Padres as the northeast regional supervisor in 2010. After three successful years in that role, he was then named the national crosschecker for the Padres amateur scouting department.

Campbell currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Jessica, and son, Jackson.

Tyler Collins — Director, Youth Programs — Ext. TBD

Tyler Collins was named Director, Youth Programs, at USA Baseball in January 2017. His primary responsibility is overseeing the Fun at Bat program.

Collins managed the NFL FLAG program at USA Football prior to joining USA Baseball. During his nearly five years with USA Football, he worked on a number of youth football initiatives and played an integral role in increasing the participation in the NFL FLAG program from an estimated 150,000 participants in 2011 to over 400,000 in 2016.

He received his bachelor's degree in Sport Administration in 2011 from Ball State University.

Collins currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ray Darwin — Chief Financial Officer — Ext. 216

Ray Darwin serves as USA Baseball's Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the accounting, financial affairs and human resources for the organization, with a focus toward maximizing efficiency. In addition, Darwin assists in the planning, selection and administration of USA Baseball's various professional teams that participate in the World Baseball Classic, IBAF Baseball World Cup and Olympic Games.

Darwin started at USA Baseball as a media relations intern in 1997 before joining the organization full time in January 1998 as a Youth National Team Director (16U and 18U). Under his guidance, the USA Baseball 18U National Team program won four medals from 2004 to 2008 including the silver medal at the 2008 IBAF "AAA" World Junior Championships. From 1998 to 2003, the 16U National Team program compiled an overall record of 34-3 and won three consecutive IBAF "AA" World Youth Championships.

Before joining USA Baseball, Darwin gained sports management experience working for the Texas Rangers and the University of Pennsylvania athletic department.

Darwin holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania (1997) and has extended his education in accounting at North Carolina State University. He also completed the Major League Scouting Bureau's scout development program in 2000.

Darwin lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Stacy, and two children, Miranda and Sam.

Joe DiRienzo — Multimedia Production — Ext. 241

Joe DiRienzo is USA Baseball's Director, Multimedia Production, responsible for on-air reporting, videography and video editing, as well as the creation of social media graphics and other content. DiRienzo also hosts USA Baseball's Our Pastimes Podcast.

DiRienzo joined the organization in May 2014 as a multimedia coordinator before being promoted to a full-time staff member in November 2015.

A graduate of Elon University, he holds a bachelor's degree in media arts and entertainment with a focus in broadcast and new media. While attending Elon University, DiRienzo was involved in a multitude of student media outlets including the Elon Phoenix Weekly, and served as a host and producer for One on One Sports, which aired on Elon Student Television. He also served as a radio play-by-play announcer on WSOE 89.3 FM and co-hosted a sports talk radio show called "The 14th Inning Stretch."

DiRienzo currently resides in Cary, North Carolina.

Mark Dvoroznak — Director, Program Development — Ext. 235

Mark Dvoroznak is the Director, Program Development, at USA Baseball, primarily responsible for the National High School Invitational (NHSI) and National Team Identification Series (NTIS), in addition to providing research and administrative support for future USA Baseball programs, products and projects from the conceptual phase through launch.

Dvorozank joined USA Baseball in January 2013 as a coordinator with the 18U National Team program and alumni relations. As a coordinator, he assisted with the operations of the inaugural Irish Classic, the Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball, and provided support to the 18U National Team Director.

He was an administrator for the 2013 18U National Team and 2015 12U National Teams that won gold medals in their respective World Cups. Dvorznak was responsible for the implementation of the 12U National Team Selection Process, which included the creation and execution of the 2014 12U Open Development Camps, 2014 12U National Open and 2015 12U Futures Invitational.

Prior to joining USA Baseball, Dvoroznak worked in a variety of roles for the Cleveland Indians organization, including serving as the Minor League video coordinator for the Single-A Carolina Mudcats in the summer and fall of 2012. He also spent time working for his hometown NFL franchise, the Cleveland Browns.

Dvoroznak holds a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University in business administration with a focus in accountancy, and a minor in sports and exercise psychology. Dvoroznak was a four-year member of the Mountaineers baseball team.

He resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Emily Fedewa — Assistant Director, Media Relations — Ext. 255

Emily Fedewa returned to USA Baseball in January 2017 as Assistant Director, Media Relations, to manage the official USA Baseball social media accounts and assist with all media relations for the organization, including all of the USA Baseball National Teams and programs.

Fedewa first joined USA Baseball in 2014 as the Coordinator, Communications. She assisted with all communications and media relations for the organization, the Golden Spikes Award, the National Teams and all events at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. In addition, she traveled with the 2014 Women's National Team as a Press Officer.

Prior to returning to USA Baseball, Fedewa was the 2015 Social Media Seasonal Assistant for the Atlanta Falcons and was responsible for all digital and social media for the Falcons' new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in 2016.

She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she served as a student assistant in the Athletic Communications Office. While there, she worked closely with the baseball, men's basketball, football and soccer teams writing stories and press releases, keeping stats and assisting with other media relations duties.

She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Public Relations.

She currently resides in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Monica Garza — Assistant Director, Travel Services — Ext. 226

Monica Garza joined USA Baseball in December 2016 as Assistant Director, Travel Services. Her primary responsibilities include managing travel for the National Team programs.

Garza worked at the University of Florida as a baseball operations assistant before her time at USA Baseball. She was also a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Life, where she worked to help freshmen student athletes make a smooth transition into college, and advised track-and-field student athletes.

Most recently, Garza worked as an executive assistant and coordinator in Administration, coordinating travel for the football team and senior staff, serving as a liaison between teams and charter companies and assisting with capital improvement projects.

She received a bachelor's degree in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration and a master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Florida in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Garza currently resides in Morrisville, North Carolina.

Russell Hartford — Director, USABat Program — Ext. 232

Russell Hartford was named Director, USABat Program, in November 2016. He is responsible for the day-to-day administration of USA Baseball's bat licensing program (USABat).

Hartford first joined USA Baseball as Coordinator, National Team Championships, in 2015. During his internship, he was responsible for the championships but also worked with the 15U National Team as an operations assistant. In November 2015, he was hired full time as the Director, National Team Championships, and was responsible for the annual USA Baseball National Team Championships held in Peoria, Arizona, and the 17U National Team Development Program.

Prior to joining USA Baseball, he worked in residential construction as a site manager for Silverwood, Inc.

Hartford earned a bachelor's of science degree in sport and event management from Elon University in 2014. During his time at Elon, he assisted with the planning and implementation of a charity golf tournament to benefit Mental Health America of the Triangle in 2012.

He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Jules Johnson — Director, Prospect Development Pipeline — Ext. 220

Jules Johnson joined USA Baseball as Director, Prospect Development Pipeline, in November 2016.

He is responsible for overseeing and executing Premier Events for the newly formed Prospect Development Pipeline, which is a joint initiative between USA Baseball, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. It establishes an official identification and player assessment pathway for elite baseball players to all 30 MLB clubs for the amateur draft.

Before coming to USA Baseball, Johnson supervised Baseball Operations and special projects for Cooperstown Dreams Park. He also oversaw the completion of construction and operation of events and marketing for a new, 16-field tournament complex built in Newberry, Florida.

Johnson graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology.

He currently resides in Cary, North Carolina.

Kevin Jones — Director, Digital Media — Ext. 227

Kevin Jones returned to USA Baseball as the Director, Digital Media, in January 2017. In his current role, Jones is responsible for the branding and image of the organization in all mediums, including graphic design, videos, photos, social media and the website. He is also in charge of overseeing USA Baseball's photography by managing photo and video archives.

Jones started with the organization in April 2012 as the Coordinator, Multimedia, before being hired full-time in November of that year as the Director, Digital and Social Media. At that time, he was responsible for creating video highlights and packages, as well as all graphic design for USA Baseball.

Prior to joining USA Baseball, he worked as a student manager for the North Carolina State baseball team in 2009 and served as the production intern for CanesVision with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2011-12 season.

Jones graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communication (Media) from North Carolina State University in 2012.

He currently resides in Cary, North Carolina, with his fiancÚ, Catherine.

Megan Kane — Director, Retail Operations — Ext. 256

Megan Kane was promoted to Director, Retail Operations, at USA Baseball in January 2017. Her focus is on e-commerce fulfillment (retail and wholesale orders), customer service and inventory management.

She was initially hired in February 2016 as the Coordinator, Retail. In that role, Kane oversaw inventory, shipping and tracking of merchandise for the USA Baseball Fulfillment and Flagship stores. She also traveled to the East Championships to oversee event merchandising, managed e-commerce orders and provided customer service.

Kane also worked in retail at Finish Line for four years and spent a year at Nike before joining USA Baseball.

She graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Sport Management.

She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Kevin Kelly — Director, Community Relations — Ext. 236

Kevin Kelly serves as the Director, Community Relations, responsible for connecting USA Baseball to both the local community as well as the increasing community involvement nationwide. He is charged to increase the visibility and awareness of USA Baseball across the country. Kelly is also responsible for the USA Baseball Host Family program and Extra Innings Networking Event and oversees the organization's coordinator program.

Kelly initially joined USA Baseball in 2007 as a baseball operations intern where he served as a coordinator for the USA Baseball 16U National Team and the USA Baseball National Team Championships - formerly known as the Junior Olympics. Kelly also assisted with the 18U National Team Trials and served as press officer for the gold-medal winning 2007 14U National Team at the Pan American Championships in Coamo, Puerto Rico.

Prior to joining USA Baseball full-time, Kelly worked as a strategic advisor and marketing consultant for iContact. Previously, he has worked as a director for the Cary Family YMCA, in ticket sales and operations for the Durham Bulls in and sales and consulting for Vocus Marketing and iContact.

Kelly holds a bachelor's degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a concentration in Sports Management from North Carolina State University (2007).

He currently resides in Warrenton, North Carolina, with his wife, Meredith, and daughter, Emerson.

Kristen Krebs — Assistant Director, Marketing — Ext. 246

Kristen Krebs is the Assistant Director, Marketing, at USA Baseball, assisting with sponsorships for various events and programs, including the annual Golden Spikes Award.

Krebs joined USA Baseball in the summer of 2016 as an alumni relations coordinator, responsible for maintaining the alumni database and helping with preparation for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award presented live on ESPN.

Krebs graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor's degree in Sports Communication and a minor in Business Administration. During her academic career she was a sports marketing intern with the Greenville Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. She was responsible for helping maintain community relations, community initiatives and sponsorships for the team.

She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Cicely Lopez — Assistant Director, Accounting & Finance — Ext. 257

Cicely Lopez serves as the Assistant Director, Accounting and Finance, for USA Baseball, overseeing the day-to-day financial needs of the federation.

Lopez joined USA Baseball in 2013 as a coordinator of retail and finance. She was promoted to a full-time staff member in July 2013.

Lopez has a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (2013). She competed on the Pirates' softball team as a utility players, helping the team to NCAA regional appearances in 2010 and 2011.

She also received her master's degree in Accounting from North Carolina State University in 2015.

She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Wiley McLeod — Assistant Director, Operations — Ext. 223

Wiley McLeod serves as the Assistant Director, Operations, for USA Baseball, responsible for day-to-day operations at the organization's fulfillment center in Durham, North Carolina, as well as operations support at the National Training Complex.

McLeod joined USA Baseball as a National Team Championships coordinator in April 2015, overseeing the 14U National Team Championships - East in Florida and assisting with the 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP). He joined the organization full-time in January 2016.

McLeod holds a bachelor's degree in Sports Management from North Carolina State University (2011) and currently resides in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.

David Perkins — Chief Operating Officer

David Perkins is the Chief Operating Officer for USA Baseball, a position he has held since 2008. He is responsible for the ongoing business operations for the federation and works to further develop the organization's revenue opportunities through both on-field programs and marketing programs, which include USA Baseball's multiyear marketing partnership with Major League Baseball. He continues to oversee all marketing and sponsorship programs, including the organization's trading-card licensing program, which provides some of the trading-card industry's most high-profile products.

Perkins joined USA Baseball in March 1998, first working on the organization's Junior Olympic Baseball Championships. The then-56-team tournament has grown into the annual USA Baseball 14U/15U/17U National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida.

Following his internship with the Junior Olympics, he was named director, merchandise and apparel sales, in 1999 and launched and assumed responsibility for USA Baseball's merchandise and retail programs. One year later, prior to the 2000 prior to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Perkins moved into the role of associate director of business development.

In 2003, Perkins was promoted to director of marketing and licensing and was part of a five-person relocation committee that selected North Carolina's Triangle-area as the new home for USA Baseball. Following the organization's relocation, he was named the Chief Operating Officer. Under his guidance as the COO, he has headlined numerous successful endeavors.

Perkins formalized the organization's internship program, which has seen over 100 interns successfully complete the program and go on to full-time positions in sports or opportunities of higher education. Twenty of USA Baseball's current full-time employees were interns with the organization.

He oversaw the development of the organization's digital media strategy, including multiple web site launches with the assistance of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, national television broadcasts on MLB Network, growth on social media platforms, and the creation of the organization's digital media department -- which is recognized as one of the top five most "socialed" National Governing Body sites.

Perkins also developed and launched the USA Baseball Prospect Classic, an exhibition series between the USA Baseball Collegiate and 18U National Teams, which was broadcast nationally on MLB Network. Additionally, he oversaw the tour contact, venue relations and logistic for the 2013 and 2015 USA/Cuba International Friendship Series in the United Stated, which was the first time the teams have played on U.S. soil since 1996.

Perkins graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's of science degree in Finance with a concentration in International Business.

Currently serving on the advisory board with the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance (GRSA), he resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Liz, and son, Lincoln.

Donald Platt — Director, Baseball Operations — Ext. 210

Donald Platt was hired by USA Baseball in January 2017 to assist with the 15U National Team Championships - West, held in Peoria, Arizona, as Director, Baseball Operations.

Platt worked as the director of baseball operations and co-camp coordinator at West Virginia University before joining USA Baseball.

A 2014 graduate of West Virginia University, he finished with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health Education and a master's degree in Athletic Coaching Education.

Platt currently resides in Morrisville, North Carolina, with his girlfriend, Mariana Matthews, and son, Julian Matthews.

Lauren Rhyne — Director, Educational Resources — Ext. 211

Lauren Rhyne was named Director, Educational Resources, at USA Baseball in November 2015. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining several youth- and governance-drive initiatives, such as USA Baseball's Amateur Resource Center, Online Education Center, Sport Development Blog and USA Baseball Mobile Coach app. Rhyne is also responsible for overseeing USA Baseball's partnership with the MLB for the Pitch Smart, Play Ball and Play Sun Smart initiatives.

Rhyne joined USA Baseball in the summer of 2014 as a research and development coordinator before being promoted to Assistant Director, Amateur Development, in November 2014.

Rhyne graduated from Elon University with a bachelor's degree in Sport and Event Management with minors in Business Administration and Coaching, and was also a four-year member of the Phoenix softball team. As part of her undergraduate career, she conducted a three-year study that explored the relationship between the gender diversity of NCAA Division I softball coaching staffs and their programs' winning percentages.

Rhyne received her master's degree in Park, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management from North Carolina State University in May 2016 and currently resides in Pittsboro, North Carolina, with her husband, Forrest.

Rick Riccobono — Chief Development Officer — Ext. 214

Rick Riccobono is USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer and is responsible for the Sport Development department, including the Play Ball and Pitch Smart programs, as well as other amateur programs designed to continue to grow the game of baseball.

Rick Riccobono was promoted to senior director of development for USA Baseball in March 2013 after serving the organization as the director of development from 2010 to early 2013. Riccobono has directed a multitude of programs since his hiring in 2004.

In his current role, Riccobono is responsible for areas of governance and the continued health and proliferation of the amateur game. As part of his duties, Riccobono serves as a liaison between Major League Baseball, USA Baseball and its national member organizations in matters pertaining to the amateur game.

During his tenure with USA Baseball, Riccobono has been innovative, leading USA Baseball's efforts with the Pitch Smart initiative, a joint youth arm care website created in partnership with MLB, while also taking the USA Baseball Breakthrough Series, the 12U National Team program, the 14U National Team program, the National Team Identification Series and the National High School Invitational from conception to publication.

Riccobono's time at USA Baseball has also included National Team Program Director duties at the 12U, 14U, and 18U age levels. In all, he served the organization as part of six different national teams that captured five gold medals while compiling a total international record of 43-2.

Riccobono was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Commack (N.Y.) High School.

He received a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Katie, and their three daughters, Riley, Emmalyn and Vivian.

Ben Trachtman — Director, Baseball Operations — Ext. 229

Ben Trachtman was the Director, National Team Championships, responsible for the annual 14U, 15U, and 17U USA Baseball National Team Championships - East, held in Jupiter, Fla.

Trachtman began with USA Baseball in March 2014 as a baseball operations coordinator. During this time, he traveled to Arizona to facilitate the National Team Championships and coordinated all operational information for the organization and participating teams. He also assisted with on-site logistics for the 15U National Team Trials and Training.

Prior to joining USA Baseball full-time in November 2015, Trachtman served as a sales associate with the Carolina Hurricanes ticket sales department.

Trachtman holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Exercise and Sports Science with a focus in Sports Administration (2015). He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.

Kyle Valente — Director, 12U National Team Program — Ext. 230

Kyle Valente was the Director, Amateur Events, responsible for operations assistant for the organization and the 11U/12U Futures Invitational.

Valente began with USA Baseball in March 2013 as a National Team Championships coordinator. During this time, he traveled to Florida to facilitate the National Team Championships and coordinated all operational information for the organization and participating teams.

Prior to joining USA Baseball full-time in November 2015, Valente worked with Genesee General in Atlanta as an underwriting assistant. He also worked with The Aspire Group where he served as a ticket sales consultant for NCAA championship events.

Valente graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Administration. During his undergraduate career, he worked with the Carolina RailHawks, Tar Heel Sports Properties, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and The Rams Club.

Valente currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

James Vick — Director, National Training Complex Operations — Ext. 221

James Vick currently serves as the Director, National Training Complex Operations, for USA Baseball, responsible for the day-to-day logistical operations for the organization's official training complex in Cary, N.C. He is responsible for field scheduling and maintaining gameday logistics. Additionally, he is responsible for the administration and operation of the USA Baseball 14U, 16U and 18U Cups.

Vick began with USA Baseball as a coordinator in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, he worked with the National Team Championships in Arizona; and in 2013, he was responsible for National Training Complex operations.

He was promoted to a full-time staff member in January 2014, initially the assistant director of operations.

Vick has a bachelor's degree in Sports Management from North Carolina State University.

He currently resides in Apex, N.C., with his wife, Chelsea.

Brad Young — Director, Media Relations — Ext. 212

Brad Young was named USA Baseball's Director, Media Relations, in October 2016. In that role, he is responsible for the organization's internal and external communication, media and public relations, and for overseeing the Media Relations Department.

Prior to his current role, Young was hired as the Director, Communications and National Team Travel, in January 2016. He was responsible for the organization's communication, as well as travel services for the five USA Baseball National Teams and the National High School Invitational (NHSI).

Young originally joined the organization in a joint internship between USA Baseball and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) in May 2008. At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, he was responsible for the media operations for Field 2 of the Wukesong Olympic Baseball Complex, and served as a liaison for international media.

In addition to his experience at the Olympic Games, he served as a USA Baseball Press Officer for the 2008 18U National Team Trials, the gold medal-winning 2008 14U National Team, the 2009 College National Team, and the gold medal-winning 2009 USA Baseball World Cup Team. He also served as an operations assistant to the general manager during his 2009 tours with the Collegiate National and World Cup Teams.

Before rejoining USA Baseball, Young worked within the Falls Church City Public Schools district in Falls Church, Va. During his time there, he coached baseball and volleyball for George Mason High School, and helped lead the baseball program to the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Region 2A East semifinals, and the volleyball program to its first-ever conference championship in 2015.

Young graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Organizational and Interpersonal Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008. During his undergraduate career, he worked within the Office of Athletic Communications, serving as a student assistant for women's tennis and wrestling, as well as working closely with the baseball, field hockey and soccer teams.

Young currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.