#17-Field Manager, Chris Ebright
The Rafters named Chris Ebright as the fourth manager in team history on August 29th, 2013. Throughout his coaching tenure, Ebright has worked closely with hitters and catchers while also being heavily involved with the recruitment of student athletes. In addition to his assistant coaching duties at universities, Ebright has experienced tremendous success in summer leagues as a manager, dating back to 2009. In the summer of 2013 Ebright managed the Roswell Invaders, an independent professional baseball team in the PECOS League. He led the Invaders to the most wins in League history with a 55-17 record (.764 winning percentage) and also won the PECOS League Championship, eventually leading him to being named PECOS League Manager of the Year. Prior to moving into the professional ranks in 2013, Ebright operated as the field manager in two summer collegiate leagues. He most recently led the Newark Pilots in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League from 2011-2012, where he led his team to playoff appearances in both seasons at the helm. In 2011, the Pilots won the Perfect Game Championship with a 30-24 record. The 2011 team finished the season ranked 29th in the nation among all summer collegiate wood bat teams. He was also named the manager for the PGCBL All-Star Game both seasons. Ebright began his summer collegiate managing career with the Hornell Dodgers of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, where he spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He compiled a two-year record of 53-37 (.588 winning percentage) with the Dodgers, guiding his team to the 2009 Western Division Championship with a 34-14 record. Ebright was runner-up for Coach of the Year in 2009 and was named an All-Star Game coach in both seasons in the NYCBL. Over the past five seasons as a manager, Ebright has posted an overall record of 164-100, good for a .621 winning percentage. Prior to recently being hired as assistant coach at Saginaw Valley State, his alma mater, Ebright spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. His coaching career has also led him to stops at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri as well as Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York. Ebright earned his Masters of Education degree from Central Methodist University in 2011 and Bachelors degree in Accounting from Saginaw Valley State in 2003. As a collegiate player, Ebright was a four-year starter at catcher for Saginaw Valley State. He served as Captain of the baseball team during the 2002 season, earned the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002, Rookie of the Year Award in 1999, and set school records in several offensive categories from 1999-2002. As a senior in 2002, he posted a .263 average while starting in 28 of 38 games played. After his playing career at Saginaw Valley State ended, Ebright spent two summers playing in the Western Australia Professional Baseball League for the Vic Park Reds and the Wembley Magpies.
Dr. Jay Scott, who is currently an Assistant Coach and Professor at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, will begin his first season as an assistant coach for the Rafters this summer. He began his collegiate baseball career at St. Clair County Community College and then transferred to Saginaw Valley State in 2001, where he was a teammate of field manager, Chris Ebright. As the centerfielder and leadoff hitter for Saginaw Valley State, Jay boasted a career batting average of .394 and .511 on-base percentage, and helped lead the Cardinals to a GLIAC championship in 2001. He earned 1st Team All-GLIAC honors each season and was the 2001 Top Offensive Player for the Cardinals. He currently holds Saginaw Valley State baseball regular season records in batting average (.463), on-base percentage (.549), stolen bases (29), and is second in walks (44). After graduating from Saginaw Valley State, Jay earned a Ph.D. at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of New Mexico and in the Dept. of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. In addition to his responsibilities as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at Saginaw Valley State, he assists with base running and outfield coaching duties and has been involved with player recruitment for the Cardinals.
Joe Dominiak, currently in his first year as an assistant coach at Valley City State University (North Dakota), brings 27 years of coaching experience to the Rafters staff. He is currently in charge of coordinating recruiting efforts and works closely with pitchers and catchers at Valley City State. Prior to joining the Valley City State coaching staff this season, Dominiak most recently worked in Bend, Oregon as Varsity Baseball Coach and Educational Assistant for the Bend Lapine School District. Dominiak has coached at nearly every level of baseball during his career including high school, junior college, NAIA, NCAA Division I, II and III. He spent the majority of his coaching career at St. Martins University, an NCAA Division II school in Lacey, Washington where he was head coach from 1999-2008. He was also the pitching coach at St. Martins in 2011-12. During his time at St. Martin's, Dominiak helped organize the construction of a new baseball field and became the program's all-time wins leader. At St. Martin's, 12 of Dominiak's players were drafted and signed by Major League Baseball organizations. For eight straight years under Dominiak, St. Martin's was named the Academic All Conference Team by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. In 2000, St. Martin's won the conference championship and took third in the West Coast Regionals. Dominiak helped develop numerous All-Conference players, a conference pitcher of the year and a freshman of the year. Dominiak also started a youth baseball camp at St. Martin's, growing it from 32 kids the first year to more than 400 kids in his final year. After leaving St. Martin's, Dominiak worked for a season as a Volunteer Assistant at the University of Washington, where he helped promote camps and clinics. He then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at University of Puget Sound, an NCAA Division III school. He was in charge of hitters and the team set more than 15 individual and team records during his tenure. Dominiak is no stranger to summer baseball as he spent the past two summers as head coach of the Bend Elks Baseball Club, a collegiate wood bat team in the West Coast League. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Dominiak played collegiate baseball at Lewis and Clark State from 1979-82. He is a native of Canby, Oregon.
Riley McDermott begins his first season as the pitching coach for the Rafters after spending last summer as the pitching coach of the Cooperstown Hawkeyes in the PGCBL (Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League). McDermott is a native of Davie, Florida where he attended Western High School. He went on to pitch four seasons at Anderson University in South Carolina where he tallied 65 relief appearances throughout his career. He graduated from Anderson University with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. While in college Riley played in the NYCBL (New York Collegiate Baseball League) for the Division Champion Elmira Pioneers. He currently serves as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater, Anderson University, alongside head coach Joe Miller.