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TEAM

We are actively building our team for next season. Check here and on our social media for updates.

Players

Drifters Roster

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COACHING STAFF​

HEAD COACH

Tommy Richards

Tommy Richards is currently the Head Coach for the newly launched Bushnell University baseball team. He spent the previous six seasons as a top collegiate assistant, including four at NCAA DIII Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington) and two at Lindenwood University-Belleville, an NAIA school in Illinois.

 

Tommy spent four seasons at Whitman where his primary roles included leading the offense and infield units, coordinating the recruitment of prospective student-athletes, and developing and administering the strength and conditioning program. While with Whitman, the baseball program had improved win totals in every year, culminating in a 29-win season in 2019.

 

Tommy was a four-year letter winner at Washington State University from 2009-2012, and was drafted in the 24th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. While playing for the Cougars, he spent two summers playing for the West Coast Leagues’ Bend Elks in his hometown. In 2009, Tommy helped push the Elks to the playoffs and in 2010 he batted .364 to capture the WCL batting title and earn league MVP honors.

 

Tommy is committed to developing our collegiate players during the summer months. He will continue to work to earn the trust of the coaches around the PNW as he and his staff take care of the players and aid in their development.

ASSISTANT COACHES

Keith Hessler, Assistant Coach

Keith Hessler is a native of Washington, D.C. He played college baseball at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 28th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, making his MLB debut August 8th, 2015. Hessler made 20 appearances for Arizona over two seasons before logging another 15 for the San Diego Padres in 2016. He finished his playing career in the Colorado Rockies organization.

 

Hessler joined the Everett CC coaching staff in 2020 where he is the pitching coach for the Trojans.

Mike Takamori, Assistant Coach

Mike Takamori is entering his 5th season as an assistant coach at Linn-Benton after being its starting shortstop in 2015. He was named the NWAC South Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2021. 

Takamori has been a summer league head coach in the Oregon Collegiate Baseball League, 2017, and Cascade Collegiate League, 2021, as well as being an assistant for the Medford Rogues in 2018 and the Willamette Valley Titans in 2019.

In addition to coaching baseball, Takamori also serves as the LBCC Game Management Supervisor. He graduated from Oregon State University in March of 2021, with a degree in Economics.

Jordan Sunitsch, Assistant Coach

FRONT OFFICE

GENERAL MANAGER

Jamie Christopher

Louis “Jamie” Christopher is our General Manager. He is committed to creating an amazing and affordable family experience with the Drifters. Combining his skills in management, operations, law, business development, sales, and marketing he in a great position to bring help build a successful baseball franchise.

After graduating from UCLA, Jamie joined the Navy and served as an intelligence officer on the USS Kitty Hawk during Operation Southern Watch. After the Navy he attended law School at the University of Southern California. Graduating near the top of his class, he went to work for a multinational law firm. In 2008, he and his wife moved to Eugene, Oregon to start a food-distribution business, which they sold after several years of financial success. Jamie went to work with a Lane County manufacturer where he helped to lead their sales, marketing, customer service efforts while working with operations to successfully execute the company’s overall plan. Using his skill set, he worked for Lane Community College as the Director of Business Development.

Jamie has been immersed in the Lane County community for nearly 14 years. He has volunteered for and served on the board of directors for several local non-profits. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Huddle Up, Director of Business Operations for Niles 108, he sits on the Board of Directors for Influents Innovations, he is the President of the Board of Directors for Willamette Valley Babe Ruth and the President of the Board of Directors for the Churchill Babe Ruth baseball program, he is also a member of the Ted Norman Memorial Complex Committee.

DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONEL

Kenny Niles

Kenny is currently the Head Coach for North Eugene High School. He is the Head Coach of the Emerald Challengers. He is also the Founder and Owner of Niles 108, a youth baseball academy. Kenny has been a baseball and athletics coach for 25 years.

Kenny Niles has a championship pedigree with a proven track record of success, as well as a strong record of developing young athletes. He has a greater than .650 winning percentage as a high-school head coach, and four championships as the Head Coach of the former Eugene Challengers, and American Legion Baseball team.

As a high school head coach, Kenny has helped to place an extremely significant number of his players into college baseball programs. Four of his former players have been drafted by the MLB.

Kenny’s baseball resume and baseball connections have given him a strong understanding of the college baseball scene. Kenny will lead the effort to form the Drifters’ roster and assist in recruiting and athlete development with the team.

INTERNSHIPS

Details

The Springfield Drifters is looking for interns for 2022. There are various programs, but most of the internships will begin working with us in February and continue until the end of August. There are a wide variety of opportunities. Our season runs from June to August. We will have weekly office hours, and interns will be encouraged to participate during our preseason and in-season in front-office meetings and community events. The season includes a minimum of 32 home games, plus additional events at the stadium. Attendance at these events is recommended for a successful internship experience. Each intern will have an area of focus during their internship, however as we are a small baseball club, everyone will be part of the team and will need to be able to be flexible. Every internship will provide real-world experience and marketable skills.

Internship Purpose

The Springfield Drifters internship program offers experience to the sports business world. Starting in February, during our pre-season is when the projects begin. In-season roles offer game day experiences, as well as business operations, marketing, sales, promotion, hospitality, analytics skill development and more. The Drifters internship requires individuals who are committed to teamwork, have the ability to think critically, who are creative, committed, and enthusiastic. Our interns will develop real-world business skills, practical experience, and they will make key contacts (build your network).

Available Roles

Facilities and Front Office Operations


Box Office Operations & Ticketing Sales


Hospitality & Concessions Operations


Community Events & Youth Programs

Analytics


Live Stream Video Production


Merchandise Operations & Sales


Promotions & In-Game Entertainment

Social Media

 

Marketing

 

Stadium Entertainment System Operations

Compensation

All internships are unpaid, and the learning experiences must compliment your academic and career goals (verified by your school or faculty sponsor) or earn academic credit.

Application Deadline

Applications will continue to be accepted until all internship positions are filled.

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