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/
Memorial Services for Aces former General Manager, Dennis Feeney, will be held in Washington D.C., on Thursday, February 5 at 12:00 P.M. at St. Peters Catholic Church, 313 2nd Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003.
A reception will immediately follow at the American Legion, 224 D Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003.
All are welcome to attend in remembering Dennis.
The Alexandria Aces are pleased to announce the 2015 coaching staff led by Manager David DeSilva. Newcomers Chris Metz, Anthony Naso and Tim Hadley round out the staff as the Assistant Coach, Pitching Coach and Bench Coach.
David DeSilva returns for a fourth season with the Alexandria Aces and his third as the Manager. With a regular season record of 50-34, DeSilva has led the Aces to the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League playoffs in his first two seasons, winning the Aces’ opening playoff game before heartbreaking losses in the modified double elimination playoff format. His 2013 squad finished the regular season with the second best record in the league at 27-17 en route to its first playoff game victory. Last season, the Aces finished tied for fourth in the league with a 23-17 record. After only two seasons as Manager, DeSilva holds the all-time wins record as well as highest winning percentage in Aces organizational history.
Chris Metz brings over 10 years of coaching experience at the high school level as he assumes Assistant Coach responsibilities. Currently the Head Coach at TC Williams High School in Alexandria, Chris played collegiately at both the University of Averett (Danville, VA) and the University of Findlay (Findlay, OH). When asked about Metz, DeSilva said “when I first met Chris, there was no doubt he was the right guy for the job. His passion for the game of baseball is unmatched and everything about the Aces excited him. In addition, he is a local guy that can provide a long term, stable solution for my staff.”
Anthony Naso, a recent graduate of Slippery Rock University, joins the on field staff as Pitching Coach. The current director of baseball operations at Canisius College (Buffalo NY), he joins a Golden Griffins program that holds back to back 40 win seasons, and a berth in the 2013 NCAA Baseball Tournament. He also pitched in three summer college baseball leagues from 2011 through 2013. DeSilva commented on Naso saying “He is a young energetic guy. I am really looking forward to having Anthony lead our pitching staff. His experience, knowledge and ability to relate to these guys will be a tremendous asset this summer.”
Tim Hadley joins the Aces as the Bench Coach. Tim was recently the assistant coach for Dig In Baseball of the Maryland Collegiate Baseball League. Tim began umpiring high school and semi-pro baseball in college as well as coaching as a Varsity Assistant and JV Head Coach at his alma mater, the Heights School, in Potomac, MD. DeSilva stated, “I am excited for Hadley to join the coaching staff this summer. His excitement for baseball and great attitude will be a great benefit to the Aces!”
For additional information on these three coaches, click the following link: http://www.alexandriaaces.org/coaching-staff/.
Long-time Alexandria Aces General Manager, Dennis P. Feeney, 59, a resident of Oswego, NY and formerly of Washington D.C., passed away after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer on Wednesday January 7, 2015, at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, surrounded by his family.
For Denny, baseball was life. He loved the game and the game loved him. Denny joined the Aces during the 2009 season and he quickly became a fan favorite at Frank Mann Field. At Aces home games, he could always be heard urging fans to support the club and win some money by participating in the ’50-50′ raffle tickets. He would often joke with fans telling them that they can’t let the other team buy the winning raffle ticket.
His love for the game of baseball led him to fulfill the role of general manager for the Aces in 2011. While assisting Aces owner, Don Dinan, with both on-and-off-the field operations, one of Denny’s favorites responsibilities was managing two weeks of youth summer baseball camps. At these camps, he encouraged all the kids to have a great attitude in life and to ‘keep swinging for the fences’. Denny always worked to make sure that children had great experiences at the ballpark. His own positive attitude and humor inspired us all.
Denny would always participate in the superstitious activities that Head Coach David DeSilva and former broadcaster Lukas Favale believed in. Whether it was eating at Chipotle for lunch every day, getting smoothies, slurpees or milkshakes, Denny was always involved.
The Alexandria Aces will greatly miss Denny and thank him for all that he did for the organization. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.
Denny’s family has asked in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Purple Hope Foundation, Three Lakeview Drive, Wilton N.Y. 12831.
The Alexandria Aces are proud to introduce to you the new new host family coordinators! Thank you to the previous host family coordinator – Dave Cheney – who has made this position a very valuable one. For the 2015 season, John Kelly and Amy Goodrich will be taking over as host family coordinators. We are very excited that they are already getting the ball rolling.
See their message below:
PLAY BALL! Season’s Greetings to current and future Alexandria Aces host families from the Alexandria Aces!
Despite the recent freezing temperatures and the quickly approaching holidays, the Alexandria Aces are in the throes of planning for the 2015 summer season.
We (Amy Goodrich and John Kelly) are the new host family coordinators and are beginning the process of identifying potential host families. Both of our families hosted several players last year and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
First, on behalf of the Aces, THANK YOU for your continued support of our organization! We know being a host family does not come without tremendous commitment and a generous spirit. Without you, the Aces would not be a treasured part of the Alexandria community.
In 2015, we hope to build on the many great experiences and find ways to minimize any complications next season. Above all, we feel it is important to open the lines of communication between the Aces, host families and players to ensure a rewarding experience for everyone.
With that in mind, we want to begin identifying potential 2015 host families now. Of course not everyone is able to make this commitment six months in advance – so in addition to yes or no; maybe is an acceptable response.
Would you like to serve as a host family again for the 2015 summer season?
If you would like to be kept on the list of potential host families, we will quickly follow up with some questions to gather basic information to help us match players/interns with families.
Once again, we appreciate first-hand the key role played by you, the Alexandria Aces supporters. It is a huge responsibility and we want to do everything we can to make each experience rewarding and memorable for the families, players, interns and coaches.
Many thanks for your invaluable support on behalf of the Aces organization! We look forward to seeing you soon and have a safe and joyous holiday season! Please contact us with any questions or comments about 2015.
Two divisions and play-off series in 2015
The set-up of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League has changed since last year. The now 10 team league is divided into two divisions for the first time ever, with the Aces in the same division as in state rivals Herndon and Vienna, the Washington, DC based DC Grays, and perennial league powerhouse, the Bethesda Big Train. The Aces will play each team in their division five (5) times, with the additional home games scheduled against Vienna and DC. The Aces will continue to play four (4) games, two (2) home and two (2) away, against the five (5) teams in the other division comprised of the Redbirds, Baltimore Dodgers, Gaithersburg Giants, Rockville Express and the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts.
|DIVISION A||DIVISION B|
|ALEXANDRIA ACES||BALTIMORE DODGERS|
|BETHESDA BIG TRAIN||BALTIMORE REDBIRDS|
|DC GRAYS||GAITHERSBURG GIANTS|
|FCA HERNDON BRAVES||ROCKVILLE EXPRESS|
|VIENNA RIVERDOGS||SILVER SPRING/TAKOMA T-BOLTS|
The playoff format has also changed with the inclusion of the two divisions. Each division winner will receive a first round bye, while each division runner-up will play a single elimination game as the 3rd and 4th seeds against the remaining two teams in the league with the best records slated as the 5th and 6th seeds. The semifinals and final rounds will then be played as best of three series (a departure from the modified double elimination format), with at least one home game for each of the remaining teams. The playoffs, scheduled to begin on July 27th, will conclude no later than August 2nd. The goal of the 2015 Alexandria Aces is to be playing a meaningful game(s) in August!
Keep a look out for the full 2015 schedule coming soon.