Head Coach Jamie Shevchik
Jamie Shevchik returns for his second year at Brewster.
In his inaugural season last summer, Jamie led the Whitecaps to a playoff berth, compiling the second best overall record in the Cape League.
During his 15-year career as head coach at Keystone College (PA), Coach Shevchik has built the Giants into a regional power. Headed into conference playoffs in May as the top seed once again in 2016, Shevchik’s teams have compiled an impressive, 497-157 overall record, a .760 winning percentage. He has been honored as the CSAC Coach of the Year four times in the past seven seasons. Over the past six years, Coach Shevchik has seen 15 former Keystone players sign independent contracts with Major League teams.
Coach Shevchik has also compiled a glowing record in collegiate summer baseball, including an eight-year run as the head coach at Danbury in the New England Collegiate Baseball League. His Westerners made five NECBL playoff appearances and won their division in 2010 and 2012.
Coach Shevchik joined the Keystone baseball coaching staff in January 1998 as an assistant. In 1993 and 1994 as a player, he was an outstanding pitcher and outfielder at Keystone. Following his graduation from Mid Valley High.
A Division I coach for more than 20 years with St. Francis College and Wagner College, Tommy Weber brings the Whitecaps proven player development and leadership skills. He also boasts successful summer college baseball experience, thanks to six years managing the Staten Island Tide in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, a team he founded in 2010. In his six years at the helm, the Tide earned three division titles and three Championship Game appearances, winning the title in 2011. The team was 137 – 86 on his watch. In 2014 Coach Weber also worked with the Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets Class A short season club. He is a professor at St. John’s University’s School of Sports Management, where his courses include Techniques of Effective Coaching and Current Issues in Sports. A record setting shortstop at Wagner, he signed with the Boston Red Sox where a spring training injury ended his playing career. Tom is an accomplished golfer and jazz pianist. He lives with his wife Carolyn in New York City.
Third Base Coach, Infielders
Lance Ratchford joined the Marist College Red Foxes this spring where he is coaching outfielders, first base and coordinating camps and clinics. Before that, he was the top assistant and hitting coach for three seasons at SUNY Oneonta, as well as assisting for three years in summer ball with the Oneonta Outlaws of the NYCBL. Coach Ratchford also founded Triple Crown Baseball Factory, an indoor baseball training facility. As a college player for Keystone, he was part of the 2011 team that reached the NCAA D3 College World Series, finishing third. That same year, he was named to the NCAA Regional All Tournament Team and honored as the CSAC Academic All Conference Shortstop. Before Keystone, Coach Ratchford played three years at D2 Mansfield University. He was a .317 college hitter overall, including his career-best .339 in 2011 for Keystone and Coach Shevchik
2016 marks Coach Straub’s third year assisting Head Coach Jamie Shevchik for the Keystone College Giants. Besides developing pitchers and catchers, Coach Straub serves as the Giants Recruiting Coordinator. In summer 2013 Austin joined Head Coach Jamie Shevchik as his assistant in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the Danbury Westerners. Straub, of Manlius, NY, started his collegiate career at Rider University where he performed as both a catcher and a pitcher. A Keystone College transfer in 2010, Austin helped lead the fourth nationally ranked Giants to a World Series berth in 2011 and an overall record of 38-12. As a catcher at Keystone College he was an all-conference selection in 2012 as a catcher and in 2013 as a utility player.
Evan Kirsch joined the Delaware State baseball staff as the Hornets’ pitching coach in October 2015. He had been pitching coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. Besides winning the 2015 Liberty League regular season and conference championships, RPI was named the Liberty League’s Coaching Staff of the Year. The league’s top two hurlers in conference earned run average, overall and league strikeouts, and conference wins were members of the Engineer staff. Kirsch played in college at Millersville University (PA) and professionally for the Taos Blizzard in the PECOS League, where he posted a league-high 18.34 strikeouts per nine innings. He signed pro with the Trios-Rivieres Aigles of the CAN-AM League in 2014. Kirsch also college summer ball in the NYCBL, PGCBL and Valley League, where he set league and franchise records for single-season appearances, ranked in the top three for lowest opponent batting average and was named to the Top 10 Relief Prospects List.
First Base Coach, Hitters, Catchers
2016 is Ryan Smyth's sixth year as an assistant coach with Keystone College and first with the Brewster Whitecaps. At Keystone, he coaches the team's hitters and catchers and coordinates recruiting. Smyth has coached more than 20 players in the past five years who have signed professional contracts. He has significant summer college baseball coaching experience, including six years in the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) both as a hitting coach and manager before making the jump up to the Cape this summer. As a player, he was two-year standout player at Keystone after stints at Boston College and Brookdale Community College (NJ). In his two seasons with Keystone, he hit .349 with 87 hits, 19 doubles, 21 home runs, and 73 RBI’s. He ranks fifth all time for career home runs (21) after playing for only two seasons. He played professionally for the Evansville Otters in the Frontier League.
Hot Stove – January 2016
Jamie Shevchik returns to us for his second year as Head Coach.
How about your first year in the Cape League? Thoughts? Disappointments? Surprises? My first year on the Cape was an amazing experience. The people of Brewster made me and my family feel like we were a part of the community. Of course, we were disappointed in the way the season ended. But given our circumstances in putting the team together a few months behind the other teams, I think we exceeded our expectations. We finished with the best team batting average in the league and finished with the League MVP in Nick Senzel. We had a great group of kids that loved to compete and they played hard and inspired baseball throughout the entire summer.
You’ve had extensive experience both as a college and summer league head coach, what are some of the differences between coaching summer league and regular season collegiate baseball? In College we have more than 6 months to prepare our team for the upcoming season and in summer ball we have to prepare in less than a week. Many of the players arriving in Brewster are meeting each other and the coaching staff for the first time. Adjusting to new coaches and coaching styles along with team chemistry is something that has to develop very quickly.
Your own coaching and your staff’s isn’t confined just to the Whitecaps. Tell us about clinic (weekly camps) & private instruction… Being a part of the local community and building our fan base is important to our coaching staff and our players. For a kid to interact on a personal level with a coach or future major league baseball player is something that these kids will never forget. We offer 5 weeks of clinics and private instruction and our goal is to have fun, sharpen their skills, and give them an experience that they will never forget. Our clinics and private instruction span the beginner to the more advanced and everywhere in between. In fact, we’ll be kicking off the clinics with a free Community Clinic on Saturday, June 25 at Stony Brook field.
What can the community do to help the team’s success? Make the players feel welcome in Brewster and come out to the ballpark. Players need to play for reasons other than for themselves. Energetic fans and supporters are motivation to take the field every night and produce. We want to win a championship for the Brewster Organization but we also want to win a championship for the fans that come out to support us.
Who are some players, potentially coming to Brewster, we should follow during the upcoming collegiate season? Returning from last year’s team are two power hitting outfielders in Georgia Tech’s Kel Johnson, and Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker. New to the Whitecaps this summer will be 4 players who were Freshmen All Americans in the collegiate 2015 season. Outfielder Reed Rohlman from Clemson, switch hitting catcher Brent Cumberland from Cal, Right handed pitcher Jesse Stallings from LSU, and Right Handed Pitcher Ryan Nutof from Michigan.