USA Baseball Sport Development Staff
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Assistant Director, Prospect Development Pipeline
Bailey Beck joined USA Baseball in May of 2018 as the Engagement Coordinator for the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP). Her responsibilities include organizing and assembling social media posts, assisting with athlete assessments at PDP events, and the organization of data for individual player reports from PDP events.
Prior to joining USA Baseball Bailey worked with American Legion Post 63 teams and Alamance County Recreational programs.
Bailey graduated from North Carolina State University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a study focus in Marketing. She currently resides in Mebane, North Carolina.
Director, Youth Programs
Tyler Collins was named Director, Youth Programs, at USA Baseball in January 2017. His primary responsibility is overseeing the Fun At Bat program.
Fun At Bat, a USA Baseball youth initiative supported by Major League Baseball, SHAPE America and Franklin Sports, is an introductory level bat-and-ball program for students with an emphasis on character development, functional movement, literacy, active play and fun. Fun At Bat is a part of the PLAY BALL initiative, which is the sport’s largest collective effort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities.
Collins managed the NFL FLAG program at USA Football prior to joining USA Baseball. During his nearly five years with USA Football, he worked on a number of youth football initiatives and played an integral role in increasing the participation in the NFL FLAG program from an estimated 150,000 participants in 2011 to over 370,000 in 2016.
He received his bachelor's degree in Sport Administration in 2011 from Ball State University.
Collins currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Assistant Director, SafeSport and Compliance
In her role as Assistant Director of SafeSport and Compliance, Jenny Haskill is responsible for providing support to the Senior Director of SafeSport and Compliance in ongoing efforts with SafeSport, Pure Baseball and the management of the CRM.
Haskill first started at the organization as the Communications Coordinator for the Prospect Development Pipeline (PDP) in July of 2018. In that role, she was responsible for assisting with social media and communications efforts for the program, as well as creating individual players reports from PDP events. Prior to joining USA Baseball, she worked as a student manager handling day-to-day and gameday operations for the baseball program at the University of Southern California (USC). She also spent time in baseball operations with the Arizona Diamondbacks High-A affiliate Visalia Rawhide.
Haskill graduated from USC in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Director, Prospect Development Pipeline
Jules Johnson joined USA Baseball as Director, Prospect Development Pipeline, in November 2016.
He is responsible for overseeing and executing premier events for the newly formed Prospect Development Pipeline, which is a joint initiative between USA Baseball, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. It establishes an official identification and player assessment pathway for elite baseball players to all 30 MLB clubs for the amateur draft.
Before coming to USA Baseball, Johnson supervised Baseball Operations and special projects for Cooperstown Dreams Park. He also oversaw the completion of construction and operation of events and marketing for a new, 16-field tournament complex built in Newberry, Florida.
Johnson graduated from Rutgers University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology, where he was a member of the 2007 Big East Championship baseball team.
He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Stephanie.
Senior Director, SafeSport and Compliance
Kyle Lubrano came to USA Baseball in May of 2018 as a Senior Director of Sport Development. In her current role, she is responsible for organizational compliance with SafeSport and oversees the pure baseball initiative, which is USA Baseball’s abuse awareness program. Additionally, she is responsible for creating continuity and alignment between all of the organization's sport development initiatives, as well as development certification programs.
Lubrano brings eight years of experience working with Team USA to her role at USA Baseball. Prior to joining the organization, she worked with both US Lacrosse and USA Field Hockey where she developed and delivered certification programs and education resources and led growth initiatives, respectively. She also spent time working with Major League Soccer's DC United.
Lubrano played soccer in college before going on to coach the sport at both the youth and collegiate levels. Most recently, she served as the Multisport Account Manager at Soccer.com and is currently part of a United States Olympic Committee group that develops scalable Athlete Development Models for National Governing Bodies.
She earned a bachelor's degree from William Paterson University of New Jersey in 2000 and a master's degree from Mercy College in 2004.
She currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her daughter, Ani.
Assistant Director, Prospect Development Pipeline
Matt Pajak joined USA Baseball in spring 2017 as the Assistant Director, Prospect Development Pipeline. Pajak assists in the execution of premier events for the Prospect Development Pipeline, which is a joint initiative between USA Baseball, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. It establishes an official identification and player-assessment pathway for elite baseball players to all 30 MLB clubs for the First-Year Player Draft.
Pajak first joined the organization as the Coordinator, Program Development, in February 2016. In that role, he assisted with all aspects of both the National High School Invitational and the National Team Identification Series. Afterward, he transitioned to Coordinator, Prospect Development Pipeline, in November 2016, before starting his current role.
Prior to his time at USA Baseball, he spent two summers working with the Harwich Mariners and the Commissioner of the Cape Cod Baseball League in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
He graduated from Bryant University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a Master's degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University in 2018.
Pajak currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Director, Educational Resources
Lauren Rhyne was named Director, Educational Resources, at USA Baseball in November 2015. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining several youth- and governance-drive initiatives, such as USA Baseball’s Online Education courses, Sport Development Blog, Long-Term Athlete Development Plan and USA Baseball Mobile Coach app. Rhyne is also responsible for overseeing USA Baseball's partnership with MLB for the Pitch Smart, Play Ball and Play Sun Smart initiatives.
Rhyne joined USA Baseball in the summer of 2014 as a research and development coordinator before being promoted to Assistant Director, Amateur Development, in November 2014.
Rhyne graduated from Elon University with a bachelor's degree in Sport and Event Management with minors in Business Administration and Coaching, and was also a four-year member of the Phoenix softball team. As part of her undergraduate career, she conducted a three-year study that explored the relationship between the gender diversity of NCAA Division I softball coaching staffs and their programs' winning percentages.
Rhyne received her master's degree in Park, Recreation, Tourism and Sport Management from North Carolina State University in May 2016 and currently resides in Pittsboro, North Carolina, with her husband, Forrest.
Chief Development Officer
Rick Riccobono is USA Baseball's Chief Development Officer and is responsible for the growth and initiatives of the Sport Development department, including the Play Ball and Pitch Smart programs. Riccobono was promoted to Chief Development Officer in 2014, his seventh unique position within the organization.
In his current role, Riccobono is responsible for areas of governance and the continued health and proliferation of the amateur game. As part of his duties, Riccobono serves as a liaison between Major League Baseball, USA Baseball and its national member organizations in matters pertaining to the amateur game.
During his tenure with USA Baseball, Riccobono has been innovative, leading USA Baseball's efforts in growing the sport, while also taking the USA Baseball Breakthrough Series, the 12U National Team program, the 14U National Team program, the National Team Identification Series and the National High School Invitational from conception to publication.
Riccobono's time at USA Baseball has also included National Team Program Director duties at the 12U, 14U, and 18U age levels. In all, he served the organization as part of six different national teams that captured five gold medals while compiling a total international record of 43-2.
Riccobono was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Commack (N.Y.) High School.
He received a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Katie, and their three daughters, Riley, Emmalyn and Vivian.