The Orange County Riptide is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Directors consisting of nine members. Get to know the OC Riptide Board of Directors a little bit better by learning more about them.
OC Riptide Board of Directors
Paul Brown – Member At-Large
Paul Brown joins the OC Riptide Board of Directors with a wealth of athletic and professional experience to help advance the goals of the baseball club. A former collegiate baseball player, an outfielder for UC Santa Barbara from 1981 – 1985, he was player under the tutelage of Tim Brown, who is currently the Associate Head Coach, Assistant General Manager and a member of the Board of Directors with the Orange County Riptide.
Professionally, Paul Brown has worked for McKesson Corporation, a Health Systems Pharma company as an Enterprise Executive focusing on the Southern California area. Paul previously worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in Surgical International Development covering the Asia, Pacific and Australia territories.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from Pepperdine University and is an avid golfer. He holds memberships with both the Manly Golf Club in Sydney Australia and the Talega Golf Club in San Clemente, Calif. Paul and his wife Judy have hosted three different exchange students over the course of seven years. Paul and Judy along with their daughter Sydni and son Connor, welcomed these students into their home and are looking forward to using that experience when it comes time to host future OC Riptide players.
Paul’s past experiences as a D-1 baseball athlete at UCSB combined with bringing a fresh perspective leveraging corporate business development skills in addition to his family experiences as a host family makes him a welcome addition to the OC Riptide Board of Directors.
Tim Brown – Member At-Large
Tim Brown joined the OC Riptide organization originally as an assistant coach in 2019 and was promoted to Associate head coach / Assistant General Manager in 2020. Tim Brown joined the OC Riptide Board of Directors in 2020. Brown is a Full Professor in the Department of English and Media Studies at Riverside City College. He is also the Principal of Tim Brown and Associates, a firm of educational consultants specializing in basic skills, ERP end-user training and program assessment.
Tim Brown’s coaching resume is long and distinguished and was most recently the Head Baseball Coach at RCC. Brown spent six years as the Assistant Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara. During the summer of 1982 and while at UCSB, Brown was appointed by the USA Baseball to assist the Federación Ecuatoriana de Béisbol developing and promoting youth baseball. He traveled throughout the South American country conducting baseball skills clinics for youth baseball coaches. While in residence in Guayaquil, Brown also trained both players and coaches for the Ecuadorian Pan American and National Baseball teams. Prior to UCSB, Brown was a Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach at University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (formerly Pan America University) under the tutelage of legendary Coach Al Ogletree, a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. While at PAU, Brown coached the outfielders and assisted with recruiting.
Brown has also coached collegiate summer baseball across North America including the Cape Cod League (Hyannis Harbor Hawks), the New England Collegiate Baseball League (Vermont Mountaineers), Great Lakes Collegiate Summer League (Lake Erie Monarchs) and most recently, the Kelowna B.C Falcons of the West Coast League. Brown holds a B.A. Sec. Ed. from Arizona State University, a M.Ed. from UT Rio Grande Valley, a M.S. from California State Fullerton, and an Ed.D. from Pepperdine University. He currently resides in Newport Beach.
Vince Brown – Vice-Chairperson
Vince Brown joins the OC Riptide Board of Directors with experience in coaching and teaching for nearly 40 years. Brown started coaching some form of baseball since he was 11 years old when he coached his first T-ball team. Since that young age, Brown was bitten by the coaching bug and has been around baseball all his life and has even coached football.
Since 1982, Brown started coaching and in 1985 became the head baseball coach at Tustin High School. From 1993-1994, Brown served as head baseball coach for Woodbridge High School in Irvine, Calif. In 1995, Brown came back to Tustin, Calif. to Foothill High School, serving as a teacher, head baseball coach for 15 years and 17 years as Athletic Director. In total, Brown has been in education for 39 years.
In addition to his commitment to education, Brown also served 10 years as a Little League board member while his three sons were younger and playing youth sports. Brown’s oldest son, Dillon, graduated from Cal State Fullerton in May 2020 where he was a Right-Handed pitcher for four years. In 2021, Dillon will repeat his senior season as he works on his master’s degrees from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.
Brown’s middle son, Tommy, is currently a red-shirt sophomore at the University of Alabama where he is on the football team and plays offensive line. In 2020, Tommy played in nine games for the Crimson Tide and the immediate Brown family was in Florida in January to see him win a national championship.
Brown’s youngest son, Zachary is a sophomore at Villa Park High School where he plays football and baseball. Zachary is ranked as a national prospect in both football and baseball and will graduate in 2023.
Vince Brown is an alumnus of the University of Alabama where his was a letterman competing in the Shot Put. He currently lives in North Tustin and will have been married to his wife Cherie for 25 years in March 2021. Both Vince and Cherie were host parents for the OC Riptide for the first time in 2019 when they hosted Antonio Cruz, son of MLB Gold Glover Jose Cruz Jr. and grandson of Jose Cruz Sr. Vince and Cherie look forward to hosting more OC Riptide players in the future.
Ernie Diaz – Member At-Large
Ernie Diaz has experience tremendous success in business and in baseball. Currently as a technology sales executive experienced in the consumer electronics industry, Diaz joined the Orange County Board of Directors in 2020. His knowledge of the business world combined with his residency within the Great Park in Irvine, Calif., makes him a tremendous asset to the Board of Directors.
Diaz understands the challenges and rewards of being a college baseball player, lessons learned while a player himself. Diaz played Division I collegiate baseball for one of the most storied college baseball programs in America, the University of Southern California Trojans. Diaz played in the 1995 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska where the Trojans were the runner-up.
In addition to playing in Omaha, Diaz was a participant in the National Baseball Conference (NBC) World Series four times as either a player or coach with the Topeka Capitals (1994), Santa Maria Indians (1995) Orange County Scorpions (1999, 2000). Diaz served as the Orange County Riptide President and General Manager from 2015-2018.
Diaz currently resides in Irvine, California and has an 8-year-old daughter.
David Lamm – President
David Lamm currently serves two roles for the Orange County Riptide; Director of Baseball Operations and President of the Board of Directors. His involvement with the Orange County Riptide started in 2018 when he and his wife hosted an Orange County Riptide player. That positive experience prompted him to become more involved with the OC Riptide Baseball Club. An avid college baseball fan since his days as a collegiate undergraduate, Lamm joined the Board of Directors in 2020.
Working in a number of career fields since earning his Bachelor degrees from Cal State Fullerton (1994) and the University of Oklahoma (1997), Lamm has worked as the News/Sports Director for KOKL radio in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Media Relations Manager for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), Golf Editor for Crittenden Research, Director of Operations/Marketing/PR for 24-7 Internet, Inc. and in Auto Sales for Claremont Hyundai and Ontario Hyundai. Lamm is an entrepreneur and a business owner, creating websites, e-commerce websites and a mobile app that services sports fans. He also works as a high school football official and high school baseball umpire when not working for the OC Riptide.
Lamm has attended the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska twice (2007 & 2015) and enjoys all types of sports with college baseball and college football his two favorites. Lamm considers himself to be an avid griller/smoker and enjoys outdoor cooking and sharing it with others, especially when hosting college baseball players. Lamm and his wife Jessica live in Yorba Linda, Calif. and David has two children, Avery and Ryder, from his previous marriage. He and Jessica expect to host many more OC Riptide players in the future.
Harry Stahl – Member At-Large
Harry Stahl is a corporate attorney who has practiced law in Orange County for over 40 years. He has been a senior corporate partner in national and international law firms and currently has his own firm in Irvine, Calif. He has received the highest possible rating of AV from Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and ethics, which places him in the top 1% of attorneys in the nation.
Harry has been actively involved with Orange County non-profit organizations for many years. Among those organizations is the Orange County Food Bank, where he was on the Board of Directors for 10 years and served as the President for two years. For the past 25 years he has been on the Board of Directors of Project Independence, which promotes civil rights for people with developmental disabilities. Harry is a Vietnam Era Veteran (U.S. Army) and is a member of American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach, Calif.
Harry and his wife Susan, have lived in Irvine since 1974 and raised their two children there. Their son, Ethan, was an all-city high school baseball player and played college baseball at Santa Barbara City College.