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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 was elected the second vice chairman for the baseball division of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) in 2017 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 live in Cary, North Carolina, with their son, Braden, and daughter, Abigail.
Assistant Director, Marketing
Brittany Allen started her role of Assistant Director, Marketing in November 2017. Her responsibilities include managing the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award voting and selection processes, as well as the trophy presentation event and managing the Tournament of Stars Host Family Program.
Allen previously worked with the University of North Carolina Athletics department as a Sports Marketing and Kid's Club intern and as a Marketing intern for the university's baseball team.
She initially joined USA Baseball as a Coordinator, Community Relations in May 2017 and in that role, Allen was responsible for the marketing and ticketing strategies surrounding the 2017 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Tour. She also assisted with the execution of the 2017 Tournament of Stars Host Family Program.
Allen currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is attending the University of North Carolina where she is working on a bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sports Administration.
Senior Director, Retail
Carrington Austin was named USA Baseball's first-ever Director, Retail, in May 2013 before being named Senior Director, Retail, in January 2017. In that role, her responsibilities involve the management of the USA Baseball online shop and fulfillment center in Durham, N.C.
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 in Cary, N.C.
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.
Taylor Banner joined USA Baseball as a graphic designer in September 2018. In that role, she is responsible for creating digital marketing, digital and print publications, logos, signage and social media visuals for the organization. Banner also serves as the creative lead for all USA Baseball Shop marketing, as well as shooting and editing photos and creating graphics for USA Baseball events and national teams.
Prior to joining USA Baseball, Banner worked as the Marketing Coordinator and Graphic Designer for Raycom Sports and the ACC Network. In addition, she has worked with the Charlotte Hornets, the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Emory & Henry College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.
Banner graduated from Emory & Henry College in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications, sports management and english. While there, she was a four-year member of the Emory & Henry softball team, including two as a captain.
She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Coordinator, Prospect Development Pipeline
Senior Director, Baseball Operations
Ashley Bratcher was named Senior Director, Baseball Operations, at USA Baseball in 2015. In that role, she oversees the general management of the USA Baseball 12U, 15U and Women's National Teams. In addition to running three national team programs, she also oversees the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the National Team Championships and the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP).
Under her guidance, the 15U National Team won its first-ever World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup gold medal in 2018, as well as the program's second gold medal in a row at the COPABE Pan Am 'AA' Championships in 2017.
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.
General Manager, National Teams
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 18 years at USA Baseball, Campbell has served as the primary or assistant team administrator for almost 40 national teams. USA Baseball's Collegiate 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 played a vital role in the 2017 World Baseball Classic team claiming the U.S.'s first gold medal in the event. He also helped lead the USA Baseball Premier12 Team to a silver medal in its inaugural event in 2015.
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.
Director, Youth Programs
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 370,000 in 2016.
He received his bachelor's degree in Sport Administration in 2011 from Ball State University.
Collins currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Assistant Director, Baseball Operations
Brett Curll joined the USA Baseball organization as an Assistant Director of Baseball Operations in April 2018. In that role, he is responsible for running the National Team Championships in Arizona, as well as assisting with the 14U National Team Development and the 15U National Team.
Curll came to USA Baseball via Aberdeen, Maryland, and Ripken Baseball where he was the Assistant Director of Amateur Baseball Operations. In his seven-year tenure with Ripken Baseball, he oversaw local tournaments and the organization's Chevy Camp Tour.
After two years on the University of Maryland baseball team, Curll finished his collegiate playing career at Liberty University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Sport Management in 2010.
He currently resides in Raleigh, N.C.
Chief Financial Officer
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 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.
Assistant Director, Media Relations
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. She also serves as the primary media contact for the 12U and Women's National Teams.
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.
Assistant Director, Retail
After serving as a coordinator for the organization, Tayler Gainer joined USA Baseball full-time in May of 2018. As the Assistant Director of Retail, she serves as the primary contact for all retail operations at the USA Baseball Team Store in Cary, North Carolina, as well as overseeing retail operations for the USA Baseball National Team Championships in Arizona.
Gainer first joined the organization as a Coordinator of Retail in April of 2017. In that role, she oversaw inventory, shipping and tracking of merchandise from the USA Baseball Fulfillment Center and Team Store. Before her time at USA Baseball, she served as a Student Office Assistant for the University of North Carolina (UNC) football program for three years, working specifically with recruiting.
She majored in exercise and sport science with a concentration in sport administration, as well as communications studies at UNC and graduated with her bachelor's degree in 2018.
She currently resides in Cary, North Carolina.
Director, Travel Services
Monica Garza joined USA Baseball in December 2016 as Assistant Director, Travel Services and was later named Director of Travel Services in November 2017. 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.
Assistant Director, Travel Services
Allison Gupton was promoted to the full time position of Assistant Director, Travel Services in November 2017. Her current responsibilities include managing USA Baseball team hotel programs in the local North Carolina community and at the National Team Championships, as well as managing travel for the organizations national team programs.
Gupton initially worked as an hourly employee at the National Training Complex before joining USA Baseball as a Coordinator, Baseball Operations in May 2017. She was responsible for assisting with operations for the National Team Championships in Florida and with the 14U National Team Development Program.
Before joining USA Baseball, Gupton worked for the Jacksonville Jaguars in ticket sales and member relations, as well as for the North Carolina State University football team as a recruiting intern.
She will graduate from North Carolina State University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management, as well as minors in Business Administration and Health.
Gupton currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Director, USABat Program
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.
Assistant Director, SafeSport and Compliance
Her in role as Assistant Director of SafeSport and Compliance, Jenny Haskill is responsible for providing support to the Senior Director of SafeSport and Compliance in ongoing efforts with SafeSport, Pure Baseball and the management of the CRM.
Haskill first started at the organization as the Communications Coordinator for the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) in July of 2018. In that role, she was responsible for assisting with social media and communications efforts for the program, as well as creating individual players reports from PDP events. Prior to joining USA Baseball, she worked as a student manager handling day-to-day and gameday operations for the baseball program at the University of Southern California (USC). She also spent time in baseball operations with the Arizona Diamondbacks High-A affiliate Visalia Rawhide.
Haskill graduated from USC in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Assistant Director, Baseball Administration
Carter Hicks joined USA Baseball full-time in August 2018 as the Assistant Director of Baseball Administration, where he provides support to the entire baseball operations department. He assists with all of the National Team Programs, National Team Development Programs (NTDP) and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS). Hicks is also responsible for managing baseball, event and team operations during the National High School Invitational (NHSI).
Before starting full-time with the organization, Hicks served as the Coordinator, Collegiate National Team, assisting in carrying out all operations necessary to the Collegiate National Team program. He also spent time working with the Holly Springs Salamanders of the Coastal Plain League and three years as the head student manager for the University of North Carolina (UNC) baseball program prior to his time at USA Baseball. In his role at UNC, he handled all video needs for the program and helped out extensively with team equipment and operations.
Hicks graduated with a bachelor's degree from UNC in 2018 where he majored in both Economics and Sports Administration, while minoring in Coaching Educations. He currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Director, Prospect Development Pipeline
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.
Director, Digital Media
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 Holly Springs, North Carolina, with his wife, Catherine.
Director, Retail Operations
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.
Assistant Director, Baseball Operations
In November 2017, Ben Kelley was named Assistant Director, Baseball Operations. He is responsible for assisting with the planning and execution of the annual National Team Championships in Arizona and Florida, including working onsite at the tournament facilities in Arizona. He also assists with facility operations at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Prior to his time with USA Baseball, Kelley worked with the North Carolina State University Athletics Marketing, Wolfpack Sports Properties, the Holly Springs Salamanders and assisted with tournament operations for the Rex Hospital Open.
He first joined the USA Baseball organization as a Coordinator, Operations in March 2017, assisting with the facility operations at the National Training Complex.
Kelley received a bachelor's degree of science in Sport Management from North Carolina State University in 2017. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Kristen Krebs is the Director of Marketing at USA Baseball, assisting with the organization's marketing initiatives and managing USA Baseball's key partnerships with companies such as Gatorade, Wilson, Panini America and more. She also oversees the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, which is presented annually on ESPN's SportsCenter to the top amateur baseball player in the United States.
Before joining USA Baseball, Krebs attended Clemson University where she graduated in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Sports Communications and a minor in Business Administration. At Clemson, she was involved as an Orientation Leader, a marketing intern in the Office of Public Affairs, and a community relations intern with the Greenville Drive, the Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Krebs first joined USA Baseball in the summer of 2015 as an intern, responsible for maintaining the alumni database and assisting with the Golden Spikes Award. She accepted a full-time position as the Assistant Director of Marketing with USA Baseball in 2016 and was promoted to Director in November of 2017. She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Assistant Director, Baseball Operations
Charles Lane joined USA Baseball in February 2018 as the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations. In this role, he is in charge of the National Team Championships (East) and assists with the 14U National Team Development Program (NTDP) and 15U National Team.
Prior to his time at USA Baseball, Lane worked as the East Coast Baseball Manager for Triple Crown Sports. He also served as an athletic training intern with the Cleveland Browns and the baseball team at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
He graduated from East Carolina with a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training in 2009 before earning a master's degree in Sport Leadership from VCU in 2011.
He currently resides in Hillsborough, North Carolina with his wife, Erin.
Assistant Director, Baseball Operations
Jacob Larson started full-time with USA Baseball in October 2018 as an Assistant Director of Baseball Operations. He is responsible for assisting with the National Team Identification Series (NTIS), the 12U Open Development Camps and various other fall camps and clinics.
Prior to joining USA Baseball, Larson spent two years working stadium operations for the Durham Bulls, spent time with the Fort Myers Miracle and assisted with the Minnesota Twins Florida Operations. He also worked in the Minnesota Twins Guest Services department from 2011-2014 and served as a volunteer for St. Cloud State baseball and the Minnesota Twins Youth Camps.
Larson first joined USA Baseball as a Coordinator of Equipment Operations in March of 2018 where he was responsible for helping with receiving, processing and distributing equipment for USA Baseball's various national teams. He also assisted with day-to-day facility operations at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Larson graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Recreation and Sports Management. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his fiancé Ashley.
Senior Director, SafeSport and Compliance
Kyle Lubrano came to USA Baseball in May of 2018 as a Senior Director of Sport Development. She is responsible for creating continuity and alignment between all of the organization's sport development initiatives, as well as development certification programs.
Lubrano brings eight years of experience working with Team USA to her role at USA Baseball. Prior to joining the organization, she worked with both US Lacrosse and USA Field Hockey where she developed and delivered certification programs and education resources and led growth initiatives, respectively. She also spent time working with Major League Soccer's DC United.
Lubrano played soccer in college before going on to coach the sport at both the youth and collegiate levels. Most recently, she served as the Multisport Account Manager at Soccer.com and is currently part of a United States Olympic Committee group that develops scalable Athlete Development Models for National Governing Bodies.
She earned a bachelor's degree from William Paterson University of New Jersey in 2000 and a master's degree from Mercy College in 2004.
She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her daughter, Ani.
Director, Accounting & Finance
Cicely McLaughlin serves as the Director, Accounting and Finance, for USA Baseball, overseeing the day-to-day financial needs of the federation.
McLaughlin joined USA Baseball in 2013 as a coordinator of retail and finance. She was promoted to a full-time staff member, the Assistant Director, Accounting and Finance, in July 2013 before being promoted in the fall of 2017.
McLaughlin 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 player, 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, with her husband, Brian.
Assistant Director, Prospect Development Pipeline
Matt Pajak joined USA Baseball in spring 2017 as the Assistant Director, Prospect Development Pipeline. Pajak assists in the execution of premier events for the 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 First-Year Player Draft.
Pajak first joined the organization as the Coordinator, Program Development, in February 2016. In that role, he assisted with all aspects of both the National High School Invitational and the National Team Identification Series. Afterward, he transitioned to Coordinator, Prospect Development Pipeline, in November 2016, before starting his current role.
Prior to his time at USA Baseball, he spent two summers working with the Harwich Mariners and the Commissioner of the Cape Cod Baseball League in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
He graduated from Bryant University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University.
Pajak currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
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 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. Eighteen 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 States, 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 sons, Lincoln and Dayton.
Assistant Director, Media Relations
In September 2018, Chris Pharis joined the USA Baseball staff as an Assistant Director of Media Relations. In that capacity, he assists with executing the organization's media plan and serves as the primary media contact for the 15U and 18U National Teams, as well as the 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs. He also coordinates media relations efforts for the annual National Team Championships and Tournament of Stars events.
Pharis came to USA Baseball from West Virginia University where he served as a student assistant and a graduate assistant in the athletic communications office. As a graduate assistant, he was the primary media contact for tennis and rowing, while also working closely with the nationally-ranked football and men's basketball teams. Additionally, he also spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates Single-A Affiliate West Virginia Black Bears and the Outer Banks DareDevils of the Tidewater Summer League.
A two-time graduate of West Virginia University, Pharis earned a bachelor's degree in sport management in 2016 before receiving a master's degree in 2018 from the university in communications studies.
Pharis currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Director, Educational Resources
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.
Chief Development Officer
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 program, 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.
Director, 12U National Team
Will Schworer joined the organization in May of 2018 as the Director of the 12U National Team. In that role, he oversees all baseball operations associated with the USA Baseball 12U National Team, as well as its identification events. He is responsible for the selection of the 12U National Team through the 10U and 11U Futures Invitationals, the 12U National Open and the 12U Open Development Program.
Prior to joining USA Baseball, Schworer worked in the restaurant industry. As a regional manager, he oversaw six million dollars in annual sales and was in charge of the on-boarding and development of managers, training of new staff and the opening of new locations throughout the Southeast.
Schworer graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with his wife, Emily.
Director, NTC Operations
James Vick currently serves as the Director, NTC 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 also responsible for field scheduling and maintaining gameday logistics. Additionally, he manages the administration and operation of the USA Baseball 14U and 16U Cups.
Vick began with USA Baseball as a coordinator in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, he worked with the National Team Championships in Arizona, while in 2013, he was oversaw 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, North Carolina, with his wife, Chelsea.
Director, Media Relations
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. He also serves as the primary media contact for the Collegiate National Team, the Professional National Team and the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
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.