2022 OC Riptide Coaching Staff
Meet the OC Riptide Coaches that will lead the Orange County Riptide in 2022
Tim Brown – Head Coach
Tim Brown was named the sixth head coach in OC Riptide franchise history on November 9, 2021. Prior to his promotion to Head Coach of the Riptide, Brown served as the Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager from 2020.
Formerly the Head Baseball Coach at Riverside City College located in Riverside, Calif., Brown remains a Full Professor in the Department of English and Media Studies at RCC. While at the helm at RCC, Brown coached Wayne Housie who played center field for the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the New York Mets and Mike Garcia who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In addition, many of his players went on to play at perennial college baseball powers including Fresno State and Long Beach State.
Brown spent six years as the Assistant Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at UC Santa Barbara helping develop several future major league baseball players including Dave Walsh (Los Angeles Dodgers), Joe Redfield (Pittsburgh Pirates), Erik Johnson (San Francisco Giants) and Joe Kmak (Milwaukee Brewers) among others. While at UCSB, the 1983 Gauchos were Southern California Baseball Association Champions and missed what would have been their first trip to the College Baseball World Series in a loss to the Stanford Cardinal in the finals of the NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, California.
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, the 1978 team just missed its second trip to the College Baseball World Series after losing to Mississippi State in the semi-finals of NCAA Southwest Regional at Arlington, Texas. 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 resides in Newport Beach, Calif.
OC Riptide fans can follow Tim Brown on Twitter (@TCBrown1952).
Andrew Ramos – Catchers & Bullpen Coach
Andrew Ramos will handle the catching and bullpen coaching duties for the summer 2022 season.
Coach Ramos is no stranger to the California Collegiate League. Prior to joining the Riptide coaching staff, Ramos began his career in the CCL as part of the San Luis Obispo Blues coaching staff from 2019-2020.
Prior to his time with the SLO Blues, Ramos coached the University of the Cumberlands (KY), a nationally ranked powerhouse in NAIA. During his time at UC, Ramos helped guide the Patriots to a 2019 Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championship. Cumberlands also received a host site for the second consecutive year for the NAIA’s 2019 World Series Opening Round. While with the Patriots, Ramos coached the catchers and hitters and assisted the Patriots to lead the NAIA in home runs in 2019.
Ramos cut his teeth coaching for the OC Riptide’s affiliate team, the OC Surf, in 2018. As part of the OC Surf staff, he took the team up and down the California coast in an old fashioned barnstorming campaign. The Surf traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska and competed against the Alaska Goldpanners in the 114th Annual Mid-Night Sun Game.
An Orange County native from Santa Ana, Calif., Ramos has spent most of his playing career in Southern California where he has competed with and against some of the nation’s top players. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Sport Science and a minor in Public Health from Cumberlands. Prior to UC, Andrew spend two years at two top tier Junior Colleges in Southern California, Santa Ana College (’16) under Head Coach Tom Niles, and Cypress College (’15) under Hall of Fame Coach, Scott Pickler.
Andrew Ramos is currently a Graduate Assistant Coach for Holy Names University where he is working towards his Masters Degree in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology.
Connor Spencer – Infielders & 3rd Base Coach
Connor Spencer will handle the Riptide infielders and third base coaching duties for the summer 2022 season.
Spencer is no stranger to coaching in the CCL. 2022 marks Spencer’s second year coaching in the California Collegiate League after running the offense for the Arroyo Seco Saints in 2021. The Saints made a solid run to the CCL semifinal game but lost to the eventual champions, Healdsburg Prune Packers.
Born and raised in Orange County, Spencer played his high school baseball locally at Tesoro High School. He led the State of California in batting average in 2010 and holds almost every major offensive record at Tesoro. After a successful career in high school, Spencer played collegiately for legendary coach Mike Gillespie at UC Irvine.
Spencer won the Big West Conference batting title in 2013 and helped the Anteaters reach the 2014 College World Series in Omaha. Spencer earned Most Valuable Player of the Corvallis Regional honors that same year. Spencer’s name is riddled throughout UCI’s record books despite only playing three seasons there. The New York Yankees selected Spencer in the eighth round of the 2014 MLB draft after his third season at UCI.
In Spencer’s first professional season, he won a minor league batting title. Spencer’s .364 average in the New York Penn League made him the first Yankees farm hand in the history of the organization to win one. Over four seasons in the Yankees system, Spencer finished his career batting above .300 with two All-Star appearances.
Spencer chose to walk away from professional baseball after four years. After pro baseball, Spencer worked as a national scouting coordinator for Perfect Game. In his role with PG, Spencer scouted some of the nation’s best high school and college talent. Despite much success in scouting, Spencer knew coaching was his true passion and calling. He broke back onto the field as a coach last year at Tesoro High School in the spring and the Arroyo Seco Saints last summer.
Chris DeBoo – Pitching Coach
Chris DeBoo will handle the Riptide Pitching coaching duties for the summer 2022 season.
DeBoo played college baseball at Cal State Northridge and Valparaiso University. Although 2022 will be DeBoo’s first venture into collegiate summer ball coaching, he is no stranger to playing summer ball. DeBoo was inducted into the Humboldt Crabs Summer Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016, after posting a 20-1 record with a 1.68 earned run average in three summers with the Crabs.
As a professional, Deboo pitched in over 180 games in a five year pro career spanning from 2013 through 2017. While playing professionally, DeBoo pitched for the Joliet Slammers (2013), Gateway Grizzlies (2014), Windy City ThunderBolts (2015, 2017), and Southern Illinois Miners (2016). Over the course of the 180 games, DeBoo struck out 128 batters in 176 innings pitched.
DeBoo currently coaches the pitchers at Whittier College, a Division 3 College in the Los Angeles area. Prior to coaching at Whittier, DeBoo coached High School and Travel Baseball for three years. DeBoo has worked as a certified sports performance trainer for the past eight years working with numerous professional and collegiate players in the off-season focusing on strength and conditioning.
DeBoo received his BS in Business Management from Cal State Northridge and his MBA from Valparaiso. In 2017 he trained at Driveline Baseball in Seattle, WA with MLB and MiLB players and has used that experience to help develop his players. He served as the General Manager of Marucci Clubhouse in Las Vegas and also works as a regional Account Manager for StringKing Baseball in California.
Steve Kelly will handle the Riptide outfield, running game and 1st Base coaching duties for the summer 2022 season.
Kelly is entering his sixth year as an assistant coach at Foothill High School where he works with outfielders, base runners and hitters as well as handling the program’s strength and conditioning. He has spent the last five summers working to identify players for USA Baseball’s Southwest regional team and led the 11U group to a gold medal in Cary, N.C. last summer.
Kelly played outfield at Arizona Western College and Concordia University in Irvine, twice earning Academic All-American honors. Following his playing career, he earned a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton and a PhD in Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness from Arizona State University. During his graduate work, Kelly became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and served as the strength coach for the baseball and softball teams at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Kelly has dedicated his life to teaching and coaching, serving in various teaching positions ranging from kindergarten to college. He currently teaches Physical Education at Legacy Magnet Academy in Tustin.
OC Riptide fans can follow Steve Kelly on Twitter (@stevekellyphd).
Jonathon Thornhill – Hitting Coach
Jonathon Thornhill will handle the Riptide Hitting coaching duties for the summer 2022.
Thornhill currently serves as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Paso Robles High School and completed his fourth season in that position. Prior to being named the head coach at Paso Robles, Thornhill was the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Atascadero High School. Thornhill has been coaching at the high school level for 10 years, developing hitters and pitchers while also getting them ready for the real world challenges these young men face.
His baseball journey began like many others, playing little league, high school and then a year of Junior College at Porterville College as a pitcher. Coach Thornhill also coached for a summer in the Valley Baseball League as an Assistant Coach for the Covington Lumberjacks in Virginia.
Coach Thornhill lives in Paso Robles and has his mom, dad and two sisters still in the area as well. Coach Thornhill attends Grand Canyon University while working towards a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management with a scheduled graduation date in May 2023.
Matt Smith – Volunteer Assistant Coach
Matt Smith is from Monterey, California and has played college baseball at the Division 1 level, Junior College level and now he currently plays at the NAIA level.
Matt Smith is a center fielder who graduated high school in 2016 with a scholarship to play baseball at UC Davis. His redshirt freshman year (2018) he made the most of his opportunities and hit .375 to finish the year.
After the season in 2018 he decided that UC Davis was not a good academic fit for him, and it was time for a change. Smith transferred to Folsom Lake College, considered one of the best junior college teams in Northern California.
Matt will be playing his last year of college eligibility next spring in Irvine at Westcliff University. Westcliff University’s home field is The Great Park, the same facility the OC Riptide plays its games. He is team captain of the Westcliff University team, and has had a long journey through college baseball up until this point.
Matt will graduate with his degree in Business Administration in the Spring of 2023 and hopes to give back to the game of baseball by coaching, and putting an emphasis on the mental side of baseball to any player who he encounters.