Scott "Nate" Nathanson - Manager
Nate brings a wealth of Baseball knowledge and experience to the Old Orchard Beach Surge of the North Country Baseball League and the Carolina Professional Winter League. He has coached at the High School and College levels as well as coached and managed at the Professional level. Nate has served as Director of Player Personnel with the New York State League and served as an instructor at multiple camps across the country sharing his knowledge with players of all ages.
Some of Nathanson’s stops include time in the CanAm League, Northeast League, Myrtle Beach Winter League, Texas Summer League, New York State League, Westchester Community College, Futures Collegiate Baseball League, Empire State League, Fordham University, DeWitt Clinton High School, and at the Hudson Valley Team of the Empire State Games.
In addition to his plethora of experience, Nathanson has also had a great amount of success helping players move up the baseball ladder.
In 2012, two of Nate’s former CanAm League pitchers signed affiliated contracts, Right Handed Pitcher Luis Pardo, with the Baltimore Orioles and Right Handed Pitcher Zach Woods, with the New York Yankees. RHP Jim Schult pitched for the Brisbane Bandits in Australia. In the last week of February, 2013, two more of his NY Federals players signed affiliated contracts. RHP Andy Wells signed with the NY Mets and 2012 CanAm Rookie of the Year, Infielder, Tucker Nathans, signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Later in 2013, 17 of his former players competed in the Atlantic League, American Association, CanAm, Frontier, United, Pacific Association or Pecos League. Dan Coury and Derrick Pyles won the United League Championship with the Edinbugh Roadrunners. James Bierlein won the Frontier League Championship with the Schaumburg Boomers.
In 2014, Nate managed the Mansfield Aces to the Texas Summer League Championship and 10 of his 14 players signed professional contracts.
Additionally, two of his former players made it to the Major Leagues in 2014. Left Handed Pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser played for the Tampa Bay Rays. Joe Panik was the starting Second Baseman for the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.
In 2015, 9 members of his 22 man roster from The Old Orchard Beach Surge, signed contracts to play in the Atlantic League, American Association, Frontier and Can Am Leagues.
CJ Thieleke - Hitting Coach
CJ Thieleke will be the hitting coach for the Carolina Winter League. Cj brings years of expernice playing and coaching at the Professional level. He served as Hitting and Third base coach for the Frontier League’s Boomers the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Prior to that he was assistant coach with the Gary South Shore RailCats in the American Association.
CJ attended the University of Iowa and was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 32nd round of the 1996 first-year player draft. Manager for the Madison Mallards of the Northwoods League, a summer collegiate wooden bat league from 2005-2010.
Thieleke is one of just four managers in Northwoods League history with more than 200 career wins. He owns a 230-178 career mark with the Mallards, having made the postseason three times, including a runner-up finish in the 2008 Northwoods League Championship Series. In the 2011 MLB draft 14 players he coached was selected.
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Thieleke is also an Assistant Coach for Madison College’s baseball team, a position he has held since 2005.
Ryan Parent - Coach
Ryan Parent is the Manger of the Skagit Valley Lumberjacks in the Mount Rainier Professional Baseball
2012- Served the assistant coach for the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos league. Helped with hitting, Catchers and Outfielders.
2013- Hired as the Field manager of the Pecos Bills of the Pecos league.
2014- Hired as the field manager of the Independent Baseball League Tiffin Saints out of Tiffin Ohio. Served as the league’s player procurement director.
Played for the US Military All Star team in 2009-10 as a catcher, served as the Bullpen catcher for the Southern Md Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League in 2010. Played in the Arizona winter league in 2011 for the Arizona Roadrunner under Benny Castillo.
Born in Atlanta Ga. Lived in GA most of my life. I joined the US Marines in 2003 at age of 20. Deployed to Iraq in 2005 for 7 months. Was stationed in North Carolina and Quantico Va. Still currently a Marine Reservist. Married with two kids, Anna and Gabriel.
Bart Zeller - Manager
Bart Zeller manger of the Ozark, Missouri team, in the Ozark Independent Baseball League, located in Springfield, Missouri.
Hitting Coach in Sioux Falls (2005-2006); Hitting Coach and Pitching Coach for Southern Illinois Miners (2007-2010); Manager of the Joliet Slammers (2011-2012: and Manager of the
Washington Wild Things (2013-2014). In 2011, the Joliet Slammers were
crowned the Champions of the Frontier League and Zeller was named by his peers as Manager of the Year.
Zeller signed his professional baseball contract after graduating from Eastern Illinois University. He played in the St Louis Cardinal organization for seven (7) years and spent one year in AAA with the Brewers and Yankees. As a catcher, he reached his dream and broke camp in 1970 with the Major League Team.
Dave Hilton- Manager
Dave Hilton is a manger in the Ozark Professional Baseball league located in Springfield, Missouri. Dave has been a player, manager, coach and Director in various levels of baseball. Dave brings many years of professional experience to Carolina Winter league.
In 1971, the San Diego Padres selected Dave as the number one draft choice in the nation out of Rice University in Houston, Texas. At Rice, he majored in psychology and languages, having a strong interest in the role of the mind in sports performance. He went on to play twelve years professionally, including four years in the Major Leagues with the San Diego Padres. Following his career in the states, Dave traveled to Japan to play for three years, where the Yakult Swallows of Tokyo won the Japan World Series, with Dave being an MVP. In addition, Dave played eight years of winter ball in Latin America, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, and played in two Caribbean Championship Series.
Since 1984, Dave has worked in professional baseball as a field manager, hitting instructor, pitching coach, and infield and base running coordinator.
He also served for two years as the infield coach and first base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, where his belief in the importance of mental skills training was reconfirmed.
Dave also has given instruction in other countries as a coach for Major League Baseball International, and has served as a field manager in winter ball and foreign professional leagues for four years.
In his career he has managed, coached, and instructed players for the followings teams:
Oakland Athletics Atlanta Braves
San Francisco Giants
MANAGING / COACHING
• Director of Instruction – Arizona School of Baseball (2005-08)
• Minor League Infield Instructor – Oakland A’s (2004)
• Director of Instruction – Line Drives of Arizona (2003)
• Field Manager – Taiwan Major League (2002)
• Minor League Pitching Coach – Anaheim Angels (2001)
• Field Manager – Taiwan Major League (2000)
• Field Manager – Taiwan Major League (1999)
• Minor League Hitting Coach – Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998)
• Minor League Manager – Baltimore Orioles (1997)
• Minor League Manager – Texas-Louisiana League (1996)
• Minor League Manager and Hitting Coach – Atlanta Braves (1992-95)
• Director of Instruction – Arizona School of Baseball (1991)
• Roving Hitting Instructor – Philadelphia Phillies (1990)
• Minor League Infield Instructor – San Francisco Giants (1989)
• Major League Infield Coach – Milwaukee Brewers (1987-88)
• Minor League Infield Instructor – Oakland A’s (1986)
• Minor League Manager – Minnesota Twins (1984)
AS A PLAYER (1971-1982)
• 4 years, San Diego Padres
• 5 years, Minor Leagues (3 yrs. AAA)
• 3 years, Japan Central League
• 8 years winter ball (fluent in Spanish)
As player during professional career:
• 4 years, San Diego Padres
• 3 All-Star Games (AAA)
• 3 Silver Gloves (AAA)
• 2 Pacific Coast League Championships (AAA)
• 1 Japan World Series Championship