Knights Announce Key Staff Additions
Louisiana Knights announce key staff additions to support its growth
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2020
Contact: Michael S. Sepcich, Esq.
The Louisiana Knights Baseball Organization is excited to announce the following High School Program staff additions: Chip Wade, PhD, Bob Keller, and Logan Peterson.
Said Michael Sepcich, Director of Program Development, “Our organization has seen tremendous growth in the past eighteen months and our geographic reach has increased as well – we now regularly have players from up and down the states of Mississippi and Alabama. These key staff additions will give our organization the ability to further support our playersand our growth in a first-class way that our program is nationally known for.”
Knights President, Jack Cressend, echoed Sepcich’scomments: “Since our program’s inception in 2007, we have always stayed true to our core values by putting our players first. We have been able to do that by surrounding our players with top-notch baseball guys with vast MLB, MILB, college, and high school experience.” And Cressend said, that “the addition of Chip, Bob and Lo-Pete to our High School groupmakes our program infinitely better and will help make our players better. We are pumped to bring these guys on board to support our players.”
Chip Wade will serve as a Program Advisor\National Team Head Coach and will be a key member in our “Protect the Player” organization initiative. Chip has a tremendous baseball resume. He comes to the Knights following his playing experience at the University of Georgia and professionally with the Minnesota Twins. His college coaching experience includes stops at Pensacola Junior College, University of West Florida and in the SEC at Auburn University. Chip also coached in the professional ranks with the Alexandria Aces and the New York Mets Scout Team. He also worked as a scout of the New York Mets and as a Biomechanics Consultant for the Detroit Tigers – Mr. Wade holds a PhD in Finance and in Biomechanics. Chip is the former Director of Research for Dr. James Andrews, and he is presently a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Ole Miss.
When asked about joining the Knights, Wade said “I have known Jack since we played together in the Cape Cod League during our college career. We reconnected in recent years through coaching and the Marucci Founders’ Club. I am excited to have an opportunity to join the Knight’s program and work with the National Roster, while contributing to other player development and organizational growth initiatives.” Cressend said of Wade, “We are thrilled with the addition of Chip Wade. He will bring years of professional experience and expertise to our program. He has an incredibly uniqueresume and our players and program will greatly benefit. Having been teammates with Chip, I know what a great person he is. This is a huge step for our program. “ Chip will be headquartered in Oxford, Mississippi.
Bob Keller will serve as the Director of Alabama Operations and as National Team Director. Bob brings to the Knights a wealth of baseball experience, with his most recent experience as an area scout supervisor for the Seattle Mariners. Bob has years of experience as a college coach at Georgia State, South Alabama, Birmingham Southern, Michigan and Dallas Baptist. “Bob Keller is a true baseball man, a grinder and a tremendous person,” said Cressend when asked about Keller. “Bob Keller has been a college coach for more than 20 years and scouted for the Seattle Mariners – heknows what it takes for young players to reach their potential. He will be a tremendous resource to our players and program. We are lucky to have him on board.” He will be headquartered at the new Knights’facility near Mobile, Alabama. Keller and Wade will work with Jack Cressend and Chad Raley on the Knights’ National Team Rosters.
Keller has hit the ground running and is excited to be a Knight. “My family and I are extremely excited for the opportunity to join a first-class organization like the Knights. I am excited to get started and to be surrounded by so many first–class coaches and players.” When asked why the Louisiana Knights – Keller said “I had other opportunities. But my time as a college coach showed me that the Knights have always been at the head of the class in the travel baseball community. Jack Cressend’s vision for the future of the organization, including the expansion into Alabama and bordering areas serve as exciting time for an already established product. I feel extremely fortunate to be able be a part of a bright future in Knights Nation!”
Logan Peterson is no stranger to the Knights Program. He has been in the program since his playing days, a coach in the youth program and a coach in the high school program. Logan will now serve as the Director of High School Operations out of the organization’s Mandeville headquarters. Regarding his new duties, Peterson explained “I am honored and extremely excited to take on this new role as Director of High School Baseball Operations for the Louisiana Knights. Being a part of this organization for 10 years as both a player and a coach has been an awesome ride, and to now be able to take it one step further bybecoming even more involved is an incredibleopportunity. I have had the opportunity to watch the Knights grow from two local high school select teams to what it is now – and I am looking forward to helping it progress even further. Having the opportunity to give back to the game I love is a very rewarding feeling, and to be able to do it within the organization that helped me realize my dream of playing college baseball is even more special for me and my family.”
In speaking about Peterson’s elevation in responsibilities, Mike Sepcich said “Logan embodies our #4L slogan better than anyone; he has served in a variety of capacities within our program – starting as a player. Logan understands our mission and our longstanding commitment of putting our players first.He will do an excellent job leading our day-to-day operations and supporting our management team.” Cressend added, “Lo-Pete is a Knight for life and knows first-hand what our program is all about. I could not be happier about bringing him on board in this new capacity.”
The Louisiana Knights program was founded in 2007 by former major league pitcher Jack Cressend. Over the last decade, the Knights program has helped hundreds of players reach their dreams of playing at the next level. Our players regularly compete on a national stage, helping our organization to be recognized as one of the nation’s top select baseball organization by Perfect Game, Future Star Series, PBR, and others.
The Knights’ mission is to provide its players with all the necessary resources to fully develop not only as baseball players but also as young men. Player development is the organization’s main focus in an effort to guide players to become the best version of themselves.
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