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Our Legends

Director of Baseball Operations

Chad Parker

  • Two-time Minor League "Coach of the Year"
  • MLB Scout for the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals
  • Award-winning College and High School coach

 
Coach Parker grew up in Adairsville, Georgia, and loved baseball from the start. Some of Coach Parker’s fondest childhood memories were waiting for his dad to finish his shift so that they could play baseball after work.  At that time, Coach Parker’s dad worked in the railroad industry, and the railroad passed right by the baseball field.  Coach Parker remembers waiting for the train to pass by at the end of the day so he could meet his dad and play baseball.

Sports were a big part of Coach Parker’s life.  He played football, basketball, and baseball growing up and became an All-American in football.   Coach Parker’s grandfather was probably one of the most influential people in terms of loving the game.  They spent many evenings together watching baseball games on the West Coast until early hours of the morning analyzing and discussing the plays and strategy of each ‘at bat’.

Coach Parker played baseball at Berry College until he graduated in 1998 and then went on to serve as the recruiting coordinator for the school.  Since that time he has served as the head baseball coach at Brewton Parker College, Manager of the MiLB River City Rascals, Joliet Jackhammers, and Normal Cornbelters.  Coach Parker has worked as a scout for the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves.  Most recently he was the Athletic Director at the Excel Christian Academy in Cartersville, Georgia.

Over the 17 years that Coach Parker has managed and led teams, he has earned distinction time and again for building programs from the ground up and winning at high levels.  In 2004 Coach Parker was named the Georgia College Coach of the Year.  In 2009, he was named Manager of the Year – Frontier League for his turn around of the River City Rascals program.  The following year, in 2010, he earned Manager of the Year – Northern League as he led the Joliet Jackhammers.  In 2014, the Georgia High School Association recognized the hard work and success of the Excel Christian Academy softball team, and Coach Parker was named Region Coach of the Year in Softball.

Coach Parker is deeply grateful to God for his talents and blessings.  In all of his coaching, he incorporates a deep Christian faith and spirit of thanksgiving.  When he is not managing teams and helping programs build success from the ground up, Coach Parker enjoys spending time with his wife, Beth, and their 3 sons.

Pitching Coach / Tournament Operations

Napoleon Robinson

  • Minor league pitcher for 6 years
  • 10+ years experience coaching youth baseball

Coach Robinson grew up in a military family living both in Germany and the United States. From the seventh grade on, his father was based at Fort Benning, so Columbus, Georgia, is considered home.

As a young boy, football was his favorite sport. At age 13, Coach Robinson’s friends signed him up to play baseball. Up until that time, he had never swung a bat. Coach Robinson credits a parent coach, Mr. Jeck Pryor, with helping him learn to play the game and excel in the sport. Mr. Pryor built cages in his house and devoted all of his extra time and weekends to developing Coach Robinson and his high school friends.

Coach Robinson was awarded a baseball scholarship to play at Columbus State University. In his senior year of college in 1988, Coach Robinson was drafted as a pitcher by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Three weeks after graduating from college, he began Spring Training. After spending 3 seasons in the Dodgers minor league system, Coach Robinson was traded to the Atlanta Braves organization where he continued to serve as a pitcher and moved from AA to AAA teams.

In all, Coach Robinson spent 6 years in the minor leagues pitching over 620 innings and accumulating more than 450 strikeouts.

Upon retiring from Minor League Baseball, Coach Robinson continued pursuing his love for the game and has spent 10 years coach young players learn how to pitch and hit. He gave pitching lessons and ran coaches clinics at the Sports-a-Rama in Paulding County and worked with scores of teams from the East Side Baseball Association’s Mustang and Bronco recreation baseball programs at Sports-a-Rama in Marietta.

A critical component of Coach Robinson’s pitching instruction is his attention to the health of young players’ arms. He helps them learn proper mechanics, and he educates the players by helping them to understand and appreciate pitch counts, innings pitched, the need for proper stretching and rest.

Coach Robinson met Coach Terry Harper during their time together with the Braves, and since that time both of them have coached many travel teams and helped players improve their skills and mechanics.

When not helping players learn the skills of the game, Coach Robinson enjoys spending time with his son and daughter.

 

Hitting Coach

Terry Harper

  • MLB player for 8 years
  • MLB coach with the Atlanta Braves 8 years
  • 20+ years experience coaching youth baseball

Coach Harper grew up outside of Douglasville, Georgia, in the country. Baseball was a huge community event during his childhood – an activity that brought the community together allowing friendships to blossom and memories to be made. He fell in love with the game watching both his sister and brothers play. Coach Harper played the game every chance he could. In fact, as soon as he was old enough, Coach Harper served as a batboy for the Winston Pros.

In 1977, Coach Harper’s senior year at Douglas County High School, the Atlanta Braves drafted him as a pitcher to play in their organization. He reported to Spring Training 3 weeks after his high school graduation. Coach Harper was both a student and an athlete for in addition to being drafted by the Braves, he was also awarded a full scholarship to attend college. Realizing the benefit of both opportunities, in between baseball seasons, Coach Harper went to college.

Coach Harper’s first Major League hit was a triple off San Diego’s Rick Wise, September 13, 1980, in his second big-league game. During his career as a player for the Braves, Coach Harper posted a .254 batting average with 36 home runs and 163 RBIs in 473 games. When Coach Harper retired from playing professionally, he served as a coach for the Atlanta Braves organization. In all he spent over 16 years with the Braves.

Upon retiring from the Braves, Coach Harper continued following his passion of helping young people learn to play baseball. He has coached numerous minor league teams, college level teams, high school teams, and travel teams. Coach Harper spent over 20 years helping players grow at Sports-a-Rama in East Cobb. He models his approach in coaching after his favorite coach, Mr. Bobby Dews. Mr. Dews helped Coach Harper grow in every level of the game from ‘A’ ball all the way into the major leagues.

When not on the field or in the cages helping players develop strong mechanics and skills, Coach Harper enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 daughters, and grand daughter.