Sam Marsonek – Director of Operations
Sam is a Tampa, Florida native, playing high school ball at Jesuit HS from ‘94-’96 where he helped win a state title, and lead the Tigers to national rankings all three seasons. After his senior year, he was selected in the 1st round of the MLB draft and began his professional career in Pulaski, Va. At the conclusion of the ‘99 season with the Rangers, he was traded to the NY Yankees for Chad Curtis. After his 6th season with the Yankees, he finally got called up July 8, 2004 and debuted 2 days later against the Rays. He pitched 1.1 innings surrendering 0 runs. However a journey that took nine years to reach the top, came to a crashing halt while boating during the all-star break just 2 days after his debut. The injury kept him out the rest of 2004. He returned to AAA Columbus in 2005 but struggled mightily. In ‘06 he signed with the Chicago Cubs, but shoulder surgery in spring training sidelined him for the remainder of the season. In ‘07, he signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, in hopes of making a full recovery. After finally getting back to form in 2008, he was signed by the Washington Nationals but released at the end of spring training. It was that spring where he realized Gods call on his life, to pour in to the lives of ballplayers… from youth leagues to the big leagues. He now serves as the Director of Operations for Baseball Country, a ministry of SCORE International and is able to live out that calling.
Ramiro Mendoza – Latin Co-Ordinator
June 15, 1972 in Panama. Played with the New York Yankees (1996-2002, 2005) and Boston Red Sox (2003-2004) Interesting Fact: Mendoza is the only modern day player to win a World Series ring with both the New York Yankees (1996-2000) and the Boston Red Sox (2004). Married to Cynthia Mendoza and has three kids.
Coach Rick Robinson – Director of Ministry and Partnerships
Coach Robinson has spent over twenty-five years ministering to college baseball teams with twenty-one of these years as head coach at Brevard College (NC), Young Harris College (GA) and the University of Tennessee Martin. He also spent four years as an assistant coach at Old Dominion University (VA). During this time he has helped steer and mentor coaches and players toward Jesus to discover God’s purpose for their life. While there have been a lot of wins on the field (760) and six players made it to the major leagues, (Charlie Blackmon Rockies, Cory Gearrin Giants, Nick Markakis Braves currently on Big League rosters) the thing that coach is most proud of is that he has coached 10 sets of brothers – an indication that parents trusted the program enough to send their second son. Coach Robinson has been selected conference, and regional Coach of the Year several times. Corporations, organizations and athletic teams all have had Coach Robinson speak on Building Championship Teams through Christian values and Leadership. He has also spoken at hundreds of camps and clinics all around the southeast including state coaching conventions as well as the ABCA convention. Coach Robinson started out coaching full time on the high school level at West Henderson school in NC. He played both football and baseball in college but his first coaching job was a summer girls fast pitch team.
He is an ordained deacon in the Baptist church and has held several positions in the church including Director of Men’s Ministry, Sunday School teacher and member of the missions committee. Coach has also been involved in the community serving on the advisory board for NE Georgia Youth for Christ and the Towns County Sheriff’s Board. As well as a campus advisor for FCA. He also directed FCA summer baseball camps in the north and southeast.
His wife, Luann, is his most trusted ministry partner as they have ministered together for over 25 years. They have three children. Faithe is a full time missionary in Peru and has her own sports ministry with the Quechua Futbol Club in the Andes mountains. Rhett is 18 and Ryan is 15.