Coaches and Staff

Mark “Carv” Carvalho, General Manager (7th Season)

Brett Clark, Head Coach (4th Season)

Assistant Coaches

Cole Seltzer

Austin Ferguson

Mike Manderino

Rebels Staff

Brooke Powers, Athletic Trainer, (3rd Season)

Jake Gibbs, Asst. General Manager (4th Season)

Board of Directors

Kevin Pouch, Director of Operations

Chris Pate, Consultant

Mark Reibenspies, Director of Personnel

Chad Frey, Media Relations

Dr. Brett Roufs

Brent Coffman

Phil Stutey

Connie Vajnar, Host Family Coordinator

Frank Martinez, PA Announcer/Voice of the Rebels

Jim Williams

Carl Hodges, Team Founder/Advisor


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Carl Hodges founded the Newton Rebels in 2000 and served as the general manager through the 2007 season. Under Hodges’s watch, the Rebels have grown from a start-up franchise to one of the most successful summer collegiate programs in the nation. After assembling the Rebels’ first NBC World Series team in 2004, the team went on to earn seven NBC World Series bids, two Walter Johnson League titles, and an NBC Midwest Regional title.

After the 2007 season, Hodges elected to step down as the General Manager of the Rebels and handed the reins over to Chris Pate and Sean Bechtold. Despite no longer being the general manager, Hodges is still very much involved with the Rebels organization. Whether he is helping out-of-town players get settled in at the beginning of the season, working at home games, or promoting the team, Hodges is an invaluable asset to the Rebels program.


The Rebels will have a new look to it with many first-time players led by fourth-year Head Coach, Brett Clark. Coach Clark will have a couple of ex-Rebels players as his assistants again, Jake Gibbs and Jordan Rousselle. Their experience of playing college baseball and being part of the Newton Rebels team that played in the 2015 NBC World Series and coached in last year’s 2018 World Series will be beneficial.