Camp Instructors

PAUL NAUERT, MLB #39, (Chief Instructor - Southern and International Camps
Major League Umpire for 17 years.  Paul has umpired 4 League Division Series.  A 1988 Graduate of the Harry Wendelstedt Umpires School, he was invited back as an Instructor at the Wendelstedt School, becoming the Chief Instructor for 8 years.  Nationally known as one of the finest instructors of umpiring, Paul is not beginning over 25 years of instruction at the Southern and International Umpire Camps, being the Chief Instructor for the last 19 years

 

JEFF NELSON, MLB # 45 (Crew Chief)
Jeff Nelson is beginning his 18th Season as Major League Umpire.  Jeff has been selected to umpire 2 All-Star games, 1 League Division Series,  6 League Championship Series and 3 World Series.  Jeff was a part of history by being a member of the 2014 World Series crew consisting of 7 MLB umpires.  He was also the plate umpire in the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants.  He is one on the top MLB umpire on staff and is widely respected as one of the top teachers in umpiring.
TONY THOMPSON
Conference Coordinator of Umpires for the Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sun, Atlantic-10, Big South, Ohio Valley, Peach Belt, Southern, Sun Belt, Southern States and Trans South conferences. 1978 Graduate of Al Somers Umpires School who umpired 5 seasons in professional baseball. Tony has umpired the 1990 IBA World All-Star game, 1 Sun Belt, 15 SEC, and 10 ACC Tournaments and in the post season he has umpired 10 NCAA Division I Regional's, 2 NCAA Division II World Series and the 1993 & 1996 NCAA Division I World Series.
TRIPP GIBSON (Southern Camp)
MLB Umpire. 2006 Graduate of Harry Wendelstedt Umpires School (Graduated #2) and has been an Instructor for 5 years at the Harry Wendelstedt Umpires school. Tripp has umpired 5 years in professional baseball and has been hired full time by the MLB following his last assignment in the Pacific Coast League (AAA) of professional baseball.
BRIAN REILLY (INTERNATIONAL CAMP)
1998 Graduate of the Southern Umpires Camp and 2002 graduate of the Harry Wendelstedt Umpires School. Brian has umpired 9 years in professional baseball and has been an instructor for 8 years at the Harry Wendelstedt Umpires school. Brian is the nephew of retired MLB umpire Mike Reilly and is considered one of the top prospects in professional baseball.
STEVE MANDERS
Graduate of the Southern and International Umpire Camps, 21 years of experience. Steve is currently umpiring on the staff of the ACC & SEC and is one of the top college umpires in the Country. Steve has umpired 9 ACC Tournaments, 2 SEC Tournaments, 7 NCAA Division I Regionals, 5 NCAA Division I Super Regionals and the 2005 NCAA Division I College World Series
KEN COUCH - Camp Director 
39 years of experience. One of college baseballs top umpires, Ken has umpired 1 Sun Belt and 19 SEC Tournaments. Ken has also umpired the AAAAA GHSA Championship, 12 Division I Regionals, 1 NCAA Super Regional, 3 Division II World Series and the 1999 NCAA Division 1 World Series. Ken is currently umpiring on the ACC and SEC umpire staffs.

CAMP STAFF

KEVIN SMITH: Camp Administrator
A graduate of both the Southern and International Umpires camps and a 1998 graduate of the Harry Wendelstedt Umpires School. Kevin (KC) joined the camp staff in 2003 and umpires with the Southern Collegiate Umpires Association and the Multi-County Umpires Association (GHSA). Kevin has umpired numerous GHSA State Tournaments including two GHSA State Championships.
Dave Tobin: Assistant Camp Administrator
A graduate of both the Southern and International Umpire camps. Greg umpires with the Southern Collegiate Umpires Association and the Multi-County Umpires Association. He has umpired numerous NAIA, NJCAA tournaments and numerous GHSA State Tournaments including the GHSA State Championship.
HAROLD THOMPSON; Camp photo / video staff 
Harold joined the camp staff in 1990 as a photographer and joined the camp audiovisual staff in 1999. After 4 years of service in the US Navy during the Korean War, Harold was appointed as a career firefighter in 1953. In 1965 he was appointed Superintendent of the Georgia Fire Academy and held that position until his retirement in 1992. He also umpired church, youth and summer baseball.
JACK HENDERSON; Camp video staff 
Jack is a graduate of both the International and Southern Umpire camps. Jack joined the camp audiovisual staff in 1999. He has been a High School umpire since 1985, having umpired numerous state tournaments, including the 2-A and 5-A GHSA State Championship. He is a retired Lt. Colonel from the United States Marine Corps.
JAMES HENDERSON; Camp video staff
James is a graduate of the Southern Umpire camp. James joined the camp audiovisual staff in 1999 and has been a Georgia High School Association umpire since 1992. James has umpired numerous State Tournaments including the Class A GHSA State Championship.
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