#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.
Quote from Chris Ebright:
“I’m very excited to be a part of a great organization and a community that likes to win,” said new field manager Chris Ebright. “I look forward to building a winning culture in Wisconsin Rapids with the ultimate goal of bringing a Northwoods League Championship to the city.”