The Alexandria Aces are excited to announce the promotion of Mr. Lou Nolan as the next General Manager of the Alexandria Aces. After the conclusion of the 2014 season Lou was hired as a “Special Advisor” to Aces Manager David DeSilva. In that role, he helped prepare the Aces for a strong 2015 campaign utilizing his skills to broaden the Aces brand recognition, strengthen ties in the Alexandria Community and provide support to DeSilva where needed. Lou’s General Manager duties are in effect immediately.
While this is Lou’s first foray on a Front Office Staff, Lou brings an insatiable passion for the game as a lifelong baseball fan who has attended over 1300 Major, Minor, Independent, Winter or College Summer League games at almost 300 distinct venues in the United States, Mexico and Canada. A fan of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League upon moving to Fort Meade, MD in the summer of 2011, he has attended over 100 CRCBL games and visited all the different venues.
Now retired and working fulltime as a Department of Defense civilian employee at Fort Meade, Lou offers a wealth of leadership and organizational skills to the Aces which he acquired during a 28 year career in the United States Air Force. He is intrigued with the challenge to continue the recent successes of the Alexandria Aces on the field and continue their sustained growth as a recognized jewel in the local community. Nolan remarked, “I am thrilled with the opportunity to join a solid franchise with a vision and desire to succeed both on and off the field. I look forward to sustaining an atmosphere and product that not only develops the players, but also provides developmental opportunities for team coaches and interns. I am also motivated to benefit the team in ways that build upon the hours and contributions provided to the Aces by current and past board members, local sponsors, game day staff, and host families. I’ve joined a heckuva good organization!”
The Aces are excited to welcome Lou as the new General Manager!
Taylor Neuhart is a sophomore at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently a pitcher for the Lipscomb Lady Bison softball team and competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Taylor is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and is planning on furthering her education by working towards a masters in Administration. She is an avid baseball fan and is a true student of the game. Taylor has experience as an umpire for a youth softball organization and for the past several years has held positions as an assistant and pitching coach for elite travel fastpitch organizations that compete nationwide. During this time she also has trained and mentored numerous fastpitch pitchers. Taylor is a native of Alexandria and is excited to support her hometown Aces.
The Aces are excited to announce the return of a key 2014 intern!
Ali Murphy is a Junior at Morehead State University, pursuing a bachelors degree in Business Administration-Marketing. For the past two years Ali has worked for the University as an assistant to the Director of Athletic Marketing. She has had the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of marketing at the collegiate level. While she has enjoyed promoting all University athletics and improving the game day experience for fans, her main focus and interest lie with the MSU Basketball and Baseball programs. With the experience she has gained, Ali aspires to have a career in marketing for a professional sports team.
Ali returns to the Aces in 2015, after spending her first season with the Aces as the Assistant Director of Marketing during the summer of 2014. Her contributions to the Aces included sponsor relations, game day promotions and operations. Ali looks forward to increasing the Aces fan base and is excited to be a part of the growth of this organization. We are excited to bring her passion and experience back to Alexandria.
The Aces are excited to introduce the two gentlemen who will be calling all home games and select road games for the upcoming season.
Caleb Waters is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill from Winston-Salem, NC. He is a Journalism major, with a focus in Broadcast and Electronic Communications and is also studying for a double minor in Hispanic Studies and History. Caleb is pursuing a career in play-by-play broadcasting and would love to one day work with a Major League team or at a University. He has prior broadcasting experience in high school and Division III college basketball with Triad Sports Coverage in Winston-Salem, NC. He also does play-by-play for a number of UNC sports, including Men’s and Women’s lacrosse, softball, and baseball. He spent three semesters writing for The Daily Tar Heel, the school newspaper, produces graphics and is a Technical Director for a student-produced sports show, and is the co-host of a weekly sports podcast. He is extremely excited about spending this summer with the Aces!
Ron Kroptavich is currently a junior at Penn State University in State College, PA. A native of Scranton PA, he is pursuing a Broadcast Journalism major while also earning a minor in Meteorology. Ron aspires to successfully apply his degree in the field of radio. Currently, he is a play-by-play caller for ComRadio and the Big Ten Network, primarily for wrestling and baseball. In addition, he hosts his own radio show, and has had the opportunity to run the board operations and learn the ins and outs of operating an everyday sports station. A passionate baseball fan, Ron looks forward to using his skills this summer with the Aces so that all of the fans and family members can feel as they are truly part of the Aces season and success.
Aces broadcasts will be available on line at http://www.alexandriaaces.org/aces-radio/. We hope fans and family members enjoy all of the action as Caleb and Ron call the play-by-play throughout the 2015 Alexandria Aces quest to win the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship!
The Alexandria Aces are pleased to announce that The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has released the 2015 schedule. This year’s schedule is packed with excitement and the new division format is sure to bring additional importance to match-ups.
The Aces open their 40 game regular season schedule on the road against Southern Dvision foe, FCA Herndon Braves, at Herndon High School. The game is slated for June 2nd at 7PM. After another road game the following evening, the Aces return to the friendly confines of Frank Mann Field for their Home Opener on June 4th. The home opener is a rematch of last year’s wild card game in which the Aces beat Gaithersburg 5-3. The June 4th home game marks the first of 20 schedule regular season home games and the beginning of a three game home stand for the Aces.
Overall, the Aces play 12 home games in June and 8 home games in July. The regular season ends on the road on July 24th against the arch rival Bethesda Big Train at Shirley Povich Field.
For the first time in history, the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has moved to a two division format. This forces the Aces to play an unbalanced schedule. Southern Division rivals, the DC Grays and the Vienna Riverdogs will visit Frank Mann Field three times during the season, while the Aces travel to the Grays’ National Academy and the Riverdog’s Warhawk Field at James Madison High School, for two away games. The five games against the remaining two Southern Division ball clubs, the Herndon Braves and the Bethesda Big Train, will be split with two home games at Frank Mann Field and three road games at McCullock Field and Povich Field, respectively. Against the five Northern Division franchises, the Aces will play four games, two home and two on the road.
Highlights for the 2015 regular season include June 18th and July 9th home games against last year’s regular season champion Bethesda Big Train. The 2015 Tournament Champion, Baltimore (Towson, MD) Redbirds make their visits to Frank Mann Field on June 10th and July 1st. The Aces are scheduled for two Monday, three Wednesday, five Thursday, four Friday, three Saturday and three Sunday home games. Tuesdays are set aside for makeup games in the event of inclement weather. In addition, the Cal Ripken League is not slated to play on June 25th, July 4th and 5th during the Independence Day weekend, and July 13th and 14th prior to the Cal Ripken League All Star game on Wednesday July 15th.
The playoffs are scheduled to begin on Sunday July 26th, with 6 teams qualifying. After single elimination games between the 3rd and 6th seeds, and the 4th and 5th seeds, the playoffs will continue with best of three semifinal and championship series, culminating no later than Sunday August 2nd. The goal of the Alexandria Aces is to be playing baseball in August 2015!
An important note for 2015 as it is new this year: all Alexandria Aces home games will be played at 7PM. In the event of a home makeup game or doubleheader due to previous postponements, the updated game time will be posted on the Aces website and across the various Aces social media outlets.
Hope to see you at Frank Mann Field for the Home Opener on June 4th! Go Aces! Be sure to check out the full schedule here: http://www.alexandriaaces.org/schedule/