Coaches and Staff

Chris Pate, General Manager
Chris Pate will begin his ninth season with the Rebels in 2016. After serving as coach and general manager from 2008-2011, Pate now serves as the team’s general manager, overseeing player recruiting, and working with the Board of Directors to manage the Rebels Organization. In his tenure as general manager, the Rebels qualified for five NBC World Series berths, won the Walter Johnson League title in 2008, and the Walter Johnson North Division in 2009.  The 2015 Rebels team finished in 4th place in the NBC World Series with a 4-2 record, was named the nation’s best offensive team. Pate is a 2001 graduate of Friends University, and has played and coached in the Walter Johnson League and NBC Affiliated leagues for fifteen years. Pate began his college career at Tabor College in 1996, and played two years for the Bluejays. He then transferred to Friends University, where he completed his playing career in 2001. During his career, Pate was primarily a catcher and first baseman. During the summers, Pate was a member of the Lindsborg and McPherson Black Sox program from 1998-2001. The 1998 Lindsborg team won the Walter Johnson League, and finished 10th in the NBC World Series, and earned the distinction of the nation’s top defensive team.

After his playing career ended, Pate spent two seasons as head coach of the Wichita and McPherson Highlanders in the Walter Johnson League. In addition, he has coached and played for the Wichita Black Sox and Wichita Ringnecks, which were NBC Teams in the River City League. Pate also was an assistant coach for Wichita Independent High School from 2002-2004, helping to build the foundation for one of the state’s premier high school baseball programs.


Mark Carvalho, Head Coach

Steve Pruitt, Pitching Coach

Kasey Guinty, Assistant Coach



Board of Directors

Kevin Pouch, Director of Operations

Chad Frey, Media Relations

Dr. Brett Roufs

Brent Coffman

Carl Hodges, Team Founder/Advisor
Carl Hodges founded the Newton Rebels in 2000, and served as the general manager through the 2007 season. Under Hodges 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 gone 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.