Tim Spooneybarger was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 29th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft and spent three seasons in the minors, where he compiled an outstanding record of 11 wins, 2 losses and 16 saves with a 1.79 ERA. He made his major league debut with the Braves on September 5, 2001. Spooneybarger spent most of the 2002 season in the majors recording a 2.63 ERA in 51 games for the Braves. On November 18, 2002, Spooneybarger was traded to the Florida Marlins along with minor league pitcher Ryan Baker for Mike Hampton.
He started 2003 in the majors appearing in 33 games before going on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis. Before beginning a rehabilitation assignment, he was forced to have Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2004 season. On July 20, 2005, while rehabilitating, he left the game due to pain and later learned he would have to undergo Tommy John surgery for a second time. The Marlins released him after the 2005 season and Spooneybarger would be out of professional baseball for the next two years.
In May 2008, he signed with the Baltimore Orioles and played for the team’s Low-A affiliate the Aberdeen IronBirds.
Robby Howard is a native of Selma, Alabama. He attended Meadowview Christian High School where he was standout athlete in both baseball and football. He was selected as a first team All American during his junior and senior season in baseball as a third baseman. Robby met and married Heather Stricklin Howard and they have three sons who all play travel baseball. Robby has been a coach with the West Florida Hammerheads Major Elite team for the last six seasons. Robby has coached at the academy since its inception. When he is not coaching, studying, or watching baseball, he is supervisor with Riviera Utilities in Spanish Fort, Alabama.
Eric has been instructing baseball and softball hitting for more than 26 years. He is especially passionate about softball, many of the girls he has instructed currently play in the SEC. Our Academy and community is very fortunate to have Eric to share his knowledge and love of the game with our local athletes.
Lister was drafted in the seventh round by the Cincinnati Reds in the 1992 MLB June Amateur Draft from Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton. He has pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Lister was the head baseball coach at Northview High School before coming to the academy. In the 2014 season, Lister led the Chiefs to their first appearance in the 1A state final four in the school’s history. Lister taught at Escambia High School in Pensacola for five years before moving to Northview to teach drafting and construction technology. He coached varsity baseball for four years at Escambia, along with freshmen football, running back coach for varsity football and boys weightlifting. He also was an assistant baseball and pitching coach at Pensacola State College.
Eddie Jack “Scooter” Tucker is an American former Major League Baseball catcher. Tucker played for the Houston Astros (1992–1993, 1995) and the Cleveland Indians (1995). Originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1988, Tucker is now the manager of the Lake County Captains.
He broke into the big leagues with the Houston Astros
He played college baseball for Delta State University
He was traded to the Cleveland Indians for pitcher Matt Williams in 1995
He is currently the manager of the Lake County Captains, the single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians
Cory was a 10th round draft pick for the Detroit Tigers in 2004.
Greg Litton was drafted by the San Francisco giants in the first round of the 1984 draft. He played for the Giants (1989-1992), Seattle Mariners (1993), and Boston Red Sox (1994). The positions he played most were second base, shortstop, and third, and is currently the TV announcer for the Pensacola Wahoos.
He holds the major league record for postitions played during his career, having played all nine.
He batted 500 in the 1989 World Series against the Oakland Athletics.
He hit a 2 run home run in game 4 of the World Series.
He hit a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the 13th inning on October 4, 1992.
He finished he career with a lifetime batting average of .241, 13 HR, 97 RBI, and 78 runs scored in 374 ballgames.
Trey was a 14th round draft pick for the Braves in 2015.
Bernardo ‘Bernie’ Carbo is a former outfielder and designated hitter who played from 1969 through 1980 for the Cincinnati Reds (1969–72), St. Louis Cardinals (1972–73, 1979–80), Boston Red Sox (1974–76, 1977–78), Milwaukee Brewers (1976), Cleveland Indians (1978) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1980). He batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was raised in the Detroit suburb of Livonia and graduated in 1965 from Franklin High School, playing for the school’s baseball team while there.
Carbo was an outfielder who started his career with Cincinnati. He had been the Reds’ number-one draft pick in the inaugural 1965 draft, ahead of Johnny Bench. In his 1970 rookie season, Carbo posted career highs in batting average (.310), home runs (21), runs batted in (63), hits (113), on-base percentage (.454), slugging average (.551), OPS (1,005) and games played (125). Carbo was selected Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News, and later was sent to the Cardinals. Then, he was traded to Boston in 1973.
Played with 4 major league organizations over a 15 year period, including the Oakland A’s, Boston Red Sox, Florida Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies. Derell also had several stints in various independent leagues.
He has had Several allstar appearances
He had a 15 year professional career
Over 2,200 innings pitched in his professional career
He played on Team USA in 2000
Mac Seibert Jr is currently playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. It is clear that baseball runs in the Seibert blood… His father, Mac Seibert, played baseball at Jacksonville State University and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers … played for the Victoria Generals of the Texas Collegiate League in 2013 and for the Xenia Scouts of the Great Lakes Summer League in 2014 … was drafted in the 36th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft by the San Diego Padres and in the 34th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves.
The University of Auburn at Montgomery: 2016 [SENIOR YEAR]- Seibert appeared in 56 games as a senior, hitting .337 with a team-high seven home runs and 38 runs batted in. He added six doubles, three triples, scored 28 times and walked 27 times, a mark which ranked second on the team. He tallied a team-best 18-game hitting streak during the season and finished with nine multiple-RBI games. 2015 [JUNIOR YEAR]: Played in 38 games for the Warhawks, earning the starting nod in 32 … batted .305, collecting 32 hits in 105 trips to the plate … accounted for nine extra-base hits, with six doubles and three home runs … scored 10 runs, while driving in 18 … posted a .448 slugging percentage, good for second on the team … finished with a .982 fielding percentage, committing only two errors for the season … drew 13 walks … had 10 multi-hit games, with eight two-hit performances and two three-hit performances … recorded a total of five multi-RBI games, collecting two RBIs three times and three RBIs two times … batted .300 in conference play, going 15-for-50 … had a slugging percentage of .480 and an on-base percentage of .397 versus conferences opponents … knocked a season-high three base hits against Martin Methodist on March 15, a game in which he also hit a home run and drove in three runs … hit a walk-off home run against Bethel University on March 21.
Meridian Community College: Played two seasons at Meridian Community College in Meridian, Miss. … saw action in 47 games as a sophomore, hitting .270 with 11 doubles, 23 runs batted in and 18 runs scored … finished with 40 hits in 148 at bats … also walked 14 times and had two stolen bases … played in 43 games as a freshman … collected 33 hits in 115 at bats, good for a .287 batting average … had eight doubles and three home runs … drove in 18 runs and scored 21 runs … walked 18 times.
Tate High School: Lettered in baseball for head coach Greg Blackmon … helped the Aggies to a 22-6 record, including a 12-2 mark in district play, as a senior … earned all-district honors his final season after hitting .289 with seven doubles, two home runs and 23 runs batted in … added 15 runs scored and 12 stolen bases … recorded a .400 on-base percentage … earned all-area honors his final two seasons.
Rob is married to Alisha Golden for 20 years this past May, and is a Father of Josiah (18 – Attending Mississippi College on Football Scholarship), Job (17), Keilah (14), and J.R. (11). The Goldens currently live in Foley, AL but they were raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL and NW Indiana. He played collegiately at Lee University (Cleveland, TN) under Coach David Altopp (Retired) and Current HC Mark Brew where he played catcher and finished with a .371 AVG for the Flames Program. He is now employed at the Alabama State Port Authority – Terminal Railway where he hold the title of Assistant General Manager.Most recently the Golden’s moved from Atlanta, GA where Rob was a head coach and certified instructor for NextLVL Sports Institute under the instruction of Brian Doyle and Kirk Doyle. Rob Served under Kirk for roughly five years as head coach and instructor at multiple age levels inside NextLvL’s Organization. Coach Golden has been with the WFBA Program for the last two seasons.
Marc Seibert was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, where he graduated in 1988 from J.M. Tate High School. Marc played third base for the 4A Florida State Championship team his sophomore year in 1986. Marc finished his career at the University of South Alabama in 1992, where he played third base and co-captained the Jags to a Sunbelt Conference Championship and berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Marc is a twenty year veteran of federal law enforcement, and he and his family live in Spanish Fort. Marc is the father of Mac Seibert.
College Coaching Profile: 2010-2012 Mississippi College Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach, Infielders and Hitting Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, and Strength and Conditioning Coach.
2010 SENIOR SEASON: First Team All-Conference/First Team All-Region
started 50 games at shortstop for the Choctaws who were 39-11 and 15th in the Country, batted .337 with 11 doubles, three triples, two homeruns, and 38 RBI, stole 13 bases on 17 attempts, complied a .925 fielding percentage on 257 chances, and turned 26 double plays
2009 JUNIOR SEASON: Second Team All-conference
started 45 games at shortstop for the Choctaws, batted .298 with 11 doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 22 RBI, stole 12 bases on 14 attempts, compiled a .916 fielding percentage on 191 chances
BEFORE MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
played for Coach Wayne Larker at Faulkner State in Bay Minette, AL (finished with a .285 batting average), played for Coach Kevin Raley at Robertsdale High School (finished with a .390 batting average), named team captain (Mr. Clutch), and was an All-County performer
Phil Hiatt played with three major league baseball teams during his career the Kansas City Royals (1993-1995), Detroit Tigers (1996), and LA Dodgers (2001). Phil Hiatt broke into the big leagues as a third base man and later, in his career, played first and out field.
He has 16 years of professional experience.
He hit over 300 home runs in the minor leagues
He hit 42 home run’s in 1996 and was awarded the Pacific Coast League MVP while playing for the LA Dodgers
He hit 44 home runs in 2001 and was awarded the International League MVP while playing for the Detroit Tigers
He played internationally for the Hanshin Tigers