ABOUT OUR TEAM
Collectively, our staff has over 50 years of College Baseball experience. With that much time spent in the game, we have the knowledge and connections to be able to help you achieve your goals.
Reida began his coaching career that summer with his former travel team, the Indiana Bulls. In the fall of 2008, he relocated to Morgantown, W. Va., where he was hired as an assistant coach for the WVU Mountaineers. During his first season coaching, the team finished with a record of 37-18, third in the Big East and second in the country in team batting average (.360). One of his players, All-American shortstop Jedd Gyroko, won the Brooks Wallace Award as the “Top Shortstop in the Country” in 2010 and was the San Diego Padres’ second-round draft pick that same year.
Reida, who has also served as a coach at the United States Air Force Academy, has worked with many other players who have went on to play professionally as well, including Vince Belnome, who was drafted by the Padres in 2009.
Also in 2010, Reida founded CageRat Baseball, which worked with youth baseball players throughout the Midwest to reach their maximum potential both on the field and in the classroom.
Reida and his wife, Allison, currently reside in Castle Rock, Colo., with their daughter, Peyton.
Pat Sherald, a native of Emmitsburg, Md., has been working with and coaching talented college players for years. He served as hitting coach for the West Virginia University (WVU) Mountaineers for nine years (2003-12) and also served as the bench coach on game days and assisted with recruiting.
During his time at WVU, Sherald’s hitters excelled in the BIG EAST conference and were among the best in Division I ball. Under his direction the team became recognized as one of the best hitting teams in the country. In the 2007 season, he helped Justin Jenkins become a Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American and an all-BIG EAST second team performer. In 2008, Sherald had six Mountaineers batting .300 or above, and two of his players – Tyler Kuhn and Jedd Gyorko – had bat over .400. The following season his hitters maintained a school-record .360 average and were ranked third in the nation. He also worked with WVU’s catchers and played a big part in the development of former catcher Tobias Streich, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 MLB first-year draft by the Minnesota Twins.
Sherald came from Lamar University where he served as an assistant coach for three seasons, working primarily with the catchers and pitchers and guiding the Lamar pitching staff to three consecutive Top 25 ERA rankings. While Sherald was with the team, the Cardinals made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Regionals and had 14 players sign professional baseball contracts, including one major leaguer.
Sherald played baseball for two seasons at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Md., before transferring to Lamar, where he played during his junior and senior years, earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in kinesiology. As the team’s catcher, he earned all-Conference and all-Tournament honors and helped the team advance to the Division II World Series.
Sherald is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has published various articles on sports and exercise. His father, Tom, was also a Division I coach and enshrined into the Maryland Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2000.
Sherald currently resides in Morgantown.
Nick Millspaugh has been involved with baseball from a very young age. A three-sport varsity athlete in high-school, he was particularly talented in baseball, setting the school’s single-season record for home runs, and being named a 1st Team All-State first baseman, as well as the first member of the Indiana All-Star team from his school in over 20 years.
After high school, Millspaugh continued his career at the Division I level playing for Indian-Purdue at Fort Wayne (IPFW). After three full years for the Mastodons, he transferred to Indiana Wesleyan University for his final collegiate year, where he continued as the starting first baseman and played alongside Brandon Beachy, now a starting pitcher in MLB for the Atlanta Braves. That year the Wildcats were the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) runner ups.
Millspaugh, who also serves as president of CageRat Baseball (http://www.cageratbaseball.com/), resides with his his wife, Stephanie, in Noblesville, Ind.
Blake Miller currently serves as the pitching coach for the U.S. Air Force baseball team. Prior to that he spent two years coaching pitching at Savannah State University (SSU) in Savannah, Ga.
During Miller’s final season at SSU in 2013, the team earned the school’s first MEAC Conference Championship and a bid to play in its first NCAA Regional. He also helped pitcher Kyle McGowin become the first pitcher in Savannah State history to be named a Division I First Team All-American and win the MEAC Pitcher of the Year Award. Following his junior season, McGowin became the first SSU pitcher ever to be drafted when he was selected in the fifth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Miller has also had two of his pitchers named to the MEAC All-Conference Team, and has seen five members of his pitching staff earn MEAC Conference pitcher-of-the-week honors.
Miller graduated with a degree in history from Coker College (S.C.) in 2007, where he played four years with the Cobras as a relief pitcher. He also launched his coaching career there, working as a student assistant for the team during his senior season.
Prior to coaching at Savannah State, he served as the pitching coach at Emerald High School in Greenwood, S.C. While at Emerald, his pitching staff set school ERA records, two of his pitchers were named to the All-Region Team, and three went on to pitch at the collegiate level.
Blake lives in Monument, Colo., with his wife, Tiffany.
Tad’s brother, Matt Reida, recently graduated from the University of Kentucky (UK), where he was a four-year starter in the middle infield for the Wildcats, mainly playing shortstop. Being fresh out of collegiate ball, he brings a fresh perspective to the ABPA team.
A four-year letter winner in both baseball and basketball in high school, Reida helped lead the Midland Redskins to the 2009 Connie Mack World Series Title in Farmington, N.M. The following year he led Midland back to the national championship again.
As a true freshman for Kentucky in 2011, he was a part-time starter at second base for the Wildcats, appearing in 40 games with 27 starts and posted a .344 on-base percentage.
During the summer of his sophomore year, Reida played in the highly competitive Northwoods League for the Mankato Moondogs during, helping lead his team to the playoffs with six doubles, three triples, one homer and 22 RBI. He really shined during the playoffs, batting .467 with two RBI and a stolen base.
In 2012, a year in which he guided the University of Kentucky to a #1 ranking and a regional birth, Reida was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, which is given annually to the top shortstop in college baseball. In 2012-13, he ranked second among SEC shortstops in defensive assists (369) and third in assists per game (3.13).
During his junior year he ranked sixth in the SEC in defensive assists and was fourth among SEC shortstops. Over the summer he played in the New England Collegiate League and was named the starting shortstop for the NECBL 2013 All-Star Game.
The winningest shortstop in University of Kentucky history, Reida hopes to continue his success at the professional level.