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MEET OUR TEAM
Krystal is a mother to 4 amazing kids. Prior to the baseball world, she worked at a large corporation for 6 years, with a background in marketing. Krystal and her husband successfully ran an independent baseball organization from 2013-2018. She is extremely excited to embark on this new journey at Rip City Baseball Facility.
Founder/COO/Director of Player Development
Owner/Instructor Jared Brown has been in love with baseball since a young child. His experience validates his admiration and knowledge for the game. Experiences throughout his career include being selected to the Area Code Games, Long Beach California(2000), FL. JUCCO state Champion (2001 Manatee Community College, Fl.), JUCCO World Series 2nd Place finish (2001), NAIA National Champion Cumberland Bulldogs (2004), Drafted twice in the MLB draft (2001 Montreal Expos, 2005 Pittsburgh Pirates), travelling all of the US and Canada in college and professional baseball, along with 10+ years of coaching local youth.
Coach Browns experiences give him an advantage on how to teach athletes the proper methods and processes that are needed to get to the next level. Growing up around MLB all star Carlos Pena, training with collegiate and Olympic trainer Jim Ronai, as well as spending time at the world renowned IMG academy, he has seen and experienced what it takes to get there.
Welcome aboard Oberto Munoz, a Venezuelan native who is in love and passionate about baseball. Oberto has a wide range of experience including multiple national and international tournaments. 3 times champion of Latin America, 4 times national champion, participated twice in the Little League World Series in 2009 and 2011, and in 2013 signed a professional contract with the Tigres de Aragua in the Professional League of Venezuela. In 2014, Oberto signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners, among which he stood out for his defense behind home plate, with a caught stealing percentage hovering around 50%. After an unfortunate knee injury took him out for some time, Oberto began his passion for giving back to the game by instructing and assisting in camps. Oberto has learned a lot about fielding, defense and hitting, with his professional experience and will be an asset to the Rip City team.
Seasonal Coach/ Current RHP Colorado Rockies
From Jacksonville, Justin attended First Coast High School. He received an offer to attend Daytona State College in Daytona Beach Florida. Coach Lawrence was drafted by the Rockies in the 12th rd. of the 2015 MLB draft and has been steady climbing the ranks since. Justin is currently on the 40 man roster for the Colorado Rockies, and is a major part of our student-athletes development. His connection to our athletes, knowledge, and humble personality is an invaluable resource.
Mike Hensch is from Altamonte Springs, Florida. Mike attended Lyman High School and played SS for the Florida 6A State Champion Lyman Greyhound team. He then went on to play MIF for the Santa Fe Community College Saints in Gainesville, Florida. After his playing days with the Saints, he attended the University of Florida and graduated with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering. Mike has lived in Jacksonville for 17 years, coached youth teams for 6 years, and has been a coach at Rip City since the inaugural season. He enjoys working with athletes to maximize their talents and develop teams with hard working players.
Office Manager/Team Coach
Evelyn Messinger was born and raised in Arizona, the birthplace of fastpitch softball. Coach Messinger had the opportunity to watch and play the game at a high level while growing up.
Coach Messinger earned an athletic scholarship to South Mountain College in Phoenix, Arizona, where she was the starting catcher and caught 112 games in her career while compiling a career .319 batting average. After college, Coach Messinger played professional softball in Mexico, for team Sonora compiling 2 full seasons under her belt.
Evelyn has learned from some of the best in the game and has assisted in coaching with pitching, catching and hitting clinics at The University of Arizona, and Arizona State University.
She has coached various 12u-18u girls fastpitch teams, including 2 years as a Yuma High School Assistant Coach, and Rota High School Varsity team (Spain) as the Pitching and Catching coach. She also led the Women’s fastpitch team at Naval Station Rota, in Rota Spain. Where they traveled throughout Europe to play in tournaments.
We’re very excited to bring Evelyn’s knowledge to the Rip City family, as we continue to provide the best resources for our athletes!
Hailey Carter was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and graduated from First Coast High School. After high school, she attended the University of South Carolina-Sumter on a softball scholarship where she earned her Associates in Science. At Sumter, Hailey started in every game her freshman and sophomore year catching or playing third while receiving awards for all-region and Player of the Year in 2019. Hailey transferred to play D1 softball at South Carolina State University as a catcher. We're excited to have her experience and understanding of the process in our organization and help cultivate the talent of our young ladies.
Lauryn grew up in upstate New York and graduated from Granville High school. She was an asset to Adirondack Avalanche travel team for 6 years, where she played third base and short stop. Lauryn went on to play softball at Southern Vermont College as a pitcher, third basemen and short stop. She was awarded MVP for that season. She then transferred to SUNY Adirondack and ended that years season with a .533 batting average. Since, she has been an Assistant coach for SUNY Adirondack for the last 2 seasons.
This is Coach Alex Mitchell, head strength coach and infield coach at Rip City. Coach Mitchell graduated high school at Columbia High in Lake City, FL where he was part of 2 district championships and a member of the all-decade team. Alex played college baseball and earned a bachelor's degree in 2020 from Thomas University, an NAIA school in the Sun Conference. At Thomas, he had a good 3 year playing career (1 redshirt) with a standout junior season. As a junior Alex hit .324 with 10 doubles and a HR, as well as being part of the first TU team to win the Sun conference championship. After a long-playing career, he decided to continue to stay in the game to coach as well as earn his personal training/ strength and conditioning certification. Alex played for me years ago and we are excited to bring him on here at Rip City. His goal here is to develop athletes both in the weight room and on the field to compete.
Kyle Phillips has been coaching youth baseball since 2010, with experience ranging from 9u to 16u baseball. He successfully coached a team to three consecutive Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth State Championships. That team appeared in three Southeast Regional Final Fours, advancing to the Championship twice. Coach Kyle was also Athletic Director and President of one of the largest baseball organizations in the state of Florida for four years. His knowledge of the game, communication/organization skills, and ability to teach the game to youth players makes him an asset to the Rip City organization.
Cason is the son of Jared and Krystal Brown (owners of Rip City). He has been absorbing the high-level fundamental knowledge since the age of four; alongside Coach Jared. Cason has played the game from a young age, currently a Sophomore in High School playing for his schools Varsity team. When he is not on the field or in the cages training, Cason can be found coaching our 9U select team, running summer camps and instructing our weekly classes for the last 3 years. Cason's baseball IQ is a great asset to the facility.
COLTON CLARY, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy
STEPHEN M. BROWN, ED.D
Colton is a Licensed Physical Therapist who received his Doctorate at UNF in 2018. Dr. Clary provides movement screen assessments inside of Rip City that are used to identify how our athletes are moving, and mitigate injury, in connection with the objective data provided through our Rapsodo and Blast Motion technology findings. All of this is done in an attempt to improve overall athlete performance. Dr. Clary is also the head of Athletes Advantage/Rip City Baseball in house developed arm care program. Our goal is to provide Patient-centered care that is measurable and specific to individual student-athletes..
Dr. Stephen M. Brown was the academic advisor to a Division 1 Baseball program for 8 years. We are blessed to have him on the team to help assist our student-athletes and parents in the process.
Dr. Brown is Professor Emeritus of Management, and the former Dean of the John F. Welch College of Business at Sacred Heart University. At Sacred Heart University he also established SHU Online, corporate campuses at three major corporations, and the Center for Not for Profit Organizations. Previously, Dr. Brown was the Dean of the Graduate School and the School of Management at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where he was credited with establishing programs innovative in both delivery and content. Dr. Brown is a frequent presenter and trainer to professional groups and conferences. Among the groups to whom he has presented are: The National Conference on Adult Learners, American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Professors’ Group, Digital Equipment Corporation’s (DEC) Education Management Council, The National Center for Excellence in Adult Learning, The Massachusetts ASTD Training of Trainers Program, The Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE), Techlearn, and the National Conference on Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation. He has also produced a TEDx talk on Purpose.
Dr. Brown is the author of over thirty articles, co-author of Outsourcing and Human Resources: Trends, Models and Guidelines, co-editor of Evaluating Corporate Training: Models and Issues, and author of Tips for Facilitating On-line Learning and Tips for On-line Training. His current research interests are: Purpose, Nonprofit Management, learning in an organizational context and developing ethical leaders. Dr. Brown has developed over thirty curricula that have been used in business and higher education and numerous funded grants.