CPL Umpires


For the 2021 season, the Coastal Plain League has partnered with A Plus Officials, LLC., for its umpiring needs for all league games. Fans will notice a move from the 2-person crew that the CPL has had in place over the previous 12+ years to a 3-person crew. Serving as the Umpire Supervisor will be Troy Fullwood. Fullwood brings 13 years of field experience as a collegiate, minor league and major league umpire, and has served multiple years as a conference coordinator for the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big South Conference and Conference USA.

Fullwood’s NCAA postseason experience included five conference tournaments, five NCAA Regionals, two NCAA Super Regionals and the 2017 College World Series, where he finished his on-field career as the home plate umpire in the championship game. Additionally, Fullwood served as a Minor League umpire for 11 seasons and spent parts of four seasons at the Major League level.


2008-2019 Seasons:

Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, formerly known as Professional Baseball Umpire Corp (PBUC), a Minor League Baseball wholly owned subsidiary, first entered into a working agreement to provide its reserve umpires to the Coastal Plain League beginning in 2008. The agreement allows reserve list umpires to continue to develop their skills in a competitive environment, while waiting for the call from MiLB Umpire Development to work Minor League Baseball games. Following the 2018 CPL season, the Coastal Plain League and MiLB Umpire Development extended its agreement for three years.

“Minor League Baseball is extremely excited about extending our partnership with the Coastal Plain League once again,” said Minor League Umpire Development Director Dusty Dellinger. “We could not have a better environment for our future professional umpires to train and gain such valuable experience.

“Our relationship with the Coastal Plain League has been extremely valuable to our organization in the sense that we can have our next available professional umpires working in an environment in the CPL that is very comparable to what they will face in pro ball. The experience the CPL provides our umpires can’t be matched and we hope that our relationship continues for years to come.”

Since 2008, 144 PBUC reserve umpires have gotten their start in the Coastal Plain League, with an impressive 106 of them moving on since to work games in Minor League Baseball. Furthermore, Nic Lentz became the first former CPL umpire to make it to the Major Leagues on April 20, 2016. Lentz served as the first base umpire during the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins game along side home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, second base Umpire Scott Barry, and third base umpire Tripp Gibson. Nearly a month later, the CPL witnessed another umpire alum – Roberto Ortiz – make his Major League debut as well. Ortiz, debuted during the Marlins-Nationals game on May 14 in Washington, DC, joining Larry Vanover’s crew for two games of the MIA-WAS doubleheader. He served as the first base umpire alongside HP Umpire David Rackley, 2B Umpire Alfonso Marquez, and 3B Umpire Chris Guccione for Game 1; and as the third base umpire alongside HP Umpire Larry Vanover, 1B Umpire Marquez, and 2B Umpire Guccione for Game 2.

“We have enjoyed working with Dusty and his staff at Minor League Baseball Umpire Development, as well as the numerous reserve umpires that have come through the Coastal Plain League during our partnership,” said CPL COO/Commissioner Justin Sellers. “We feel that our quality of play and overall atmosphere has gone a long way in helping the development of future Minor and Major League Baseball umpires. The number of alumni that have gone on from the CPL into umpiring in professional baseball is strong proof that our relationship has been beneficial to both parties.”

MiLB Umpire Development is responsible for the training, evaluation and recommendation for promotion, retention or release of all umpires in the Minor League Baseball system throughout the United States and Canada.

Below is the listing of MiLB Umpire Development reserve umpires that have come through the Coastal Plain League on their way to professional baseball, and their current status

* Denotes umpire who was called to work in Minor League Baseball but later retired.

Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Major League Baseball
Umpire CPL Year(s) Major League Baseball MLB Debut
Nicolas Lentz 2008 Major League Baseball April 20, 2016
Roberto Ortiz 2009 Major League Baseball May 14, 2016
Shane Livensparger 2009 Major League Baseball June 10, 2017
John Bacon 2008 Major League Baseball May 2, 2019
Jeremy Riggs 2009 Major League Baseball July 28, 2020
Randy Rosenberg 2011 Major League Baseball August 4, 2020
Erich Bacchus 2012 Major League Baseball August 7, 2020
Nate Tomlinson 2010-11 Major League Baseball August 7, 2020
Dan Merzel 2010 Major League Baseball August 29, 2020
Brock Ballou 2012 Major League Baseball May 28, 2022
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Triple-A
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Mike Cascioppo 2009 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
John Bacon 2008 International League (AAA)
John Bostwick 2008 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Ryan Clark 2009 International League (AAA)
Blake Felix 2008 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Bryan Fields 2008 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Chris Gonzalez 2009 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Nicolas Lentz 2008 International League (AAA)
Shane Livensparger 2009 International League (AAA)
Daniel Merzel 2010 International League (AAA)
Roberto Ortiz 2009 International League (AAA)
James Rackley 2010 International League (AAA)
Jeremy Riggs 2009 International League (AAA)
Nate White 2009 Pacific Coast League (AAA)
Shaun Lampe 2008 Retired (Highest Level: AAA)
Matt McCoy 2008 Retired (Highest level: AAA)
Derek Mollica 2008 Retired (Highest level: AAA)
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Double-A
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Sean Allen 2010 Texas League (AA)
Erich Bacchus 2012 Eastern League (AA)
Ryan Benson 2010 Eastern League (AA)
Joe George 2011 Southern League (AA)
Richard Riley 2011-12 Eastern League (AA)
Randy Rosenberg 2011 Eastern League (AA)
Jason Starkovich 2011 Southern League (AA)
Nate Tomlinson 2010-11 Texas League (AA)
Ben Guttenberger* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Ramon Hernandez* 2009 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Kiff Kinkead* 2008 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Ben Leake* 2008-09 Retired (Highest level: AA)
David Marcoe* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Justin McPherson* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Brian Miller* 2010 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Matt Springer* 2008 Retired (Highest level: AA)
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Single-A
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Justin Anderson 2013 South Atlantic League (A)
Brock Ballou 2012 Carolina League (Advanced-A)
Ryan Barneycastle 2014 South Atlantic League (A)
Matt Carlyon 2013 South Atlantic League (A)
Adrian Gonzalez 2012 California League (A-Advanced)
Vincent Jackson 2014 Midwest League (A)
Jordan Johnson 2013 Florida State League (A-Advanced)
Austin Jones 2014 Midwest League (A)
Reid Joyner 2012 Florida State League (A-Advanced)
Jose Matamoros 2014 Midwest League (A)
Ryan Powers 2013 South Atlantic League (A)
Darrell Roberts 2014 South Atlantic League (A)
Greg Roemer 2013-14 Midwest League (A)
Brandin Sheeler 2013 Midwest League (A)
Matt Snodgrass 2013 Florida State League (A-Advanced)
Dave Albertson* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Jeffrey Andrews* 2009-10 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Evan Barger* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A)
Nick Bayer* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Ryan Bealo* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Tucker Beneville* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Jeff Bottoms* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Nathan Caldwell* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A)
Andrew Chesnut* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Charlie Clemons* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
TJ Cunningham* 2009-10 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Tyler Curlis* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Matthew Deane* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
John Durante* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Andrew Freed* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Asa Gaddy* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Nick Garvey* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Martin Gerich* 2010-11 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Richard Gonzalez* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Troy Gorra* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Shane Hardy* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Matt Heersema* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Rene Hilbach-Barger* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Ben Hughes* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Mike Huus* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Tyler Jones* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Dustin Klinghagen* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Ed Leopold* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Jimmy Lott* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A)
Josh Marshall* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A)
Corey Mattea* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Brian McCoy* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Matt Moore* 2010-11 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Mitchell Morgan* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Joseph Muenzer* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Matt Mullins* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A)
Nick Painz* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Brad Polk* 2011-12 Retired (Highest level: A)
Rob Porter* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Justin Phillips* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Farris Pierson* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A)
Mitch Quandt* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Dane Ratajski* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Aaron Reynolds* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Jose Rivera* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Fernando Rodgriguez* 2010 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Josh Root* 2011-12 Retired (Highest level: A)
Patrick Sampsell* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Joe Schwartz* 2014 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
John Silva* 2009 Retired (Highest level: A)
Robert Veloz* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Sam Vogt* 2011 Retired (Highest level: A-Advanced)
Cody Waterhouse* 2012 Retired (Highest level: A)
Cameron Westover* 2011-12 Retired (Highest level: A)
Chris Wood* 2013 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Jeff Woods* 2008 Retired (Highest Level: A-Advanced)
Tyler Wolpert* 2008 Retired (Highest level: A-Short)
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni in Minor League Baseball: Rookie
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Geoff Arnold* 2011 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
John Boccio 2016 Arizona League (Rookie)
Nick Bray 2016 Arizona League (Rookie)
Blake Carr 2016 Arizona League (Rookie)
Connor Culhane 2015 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
James Folske 2014-15 Arizona League (Rookie)
Grant Hinson 2015 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Jesse Gonzalez* 2012-13 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Mike O’Leary* 2010 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Roberto Pattison 2016 Arizona League (Rookie)
Michael Rains* 2014 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Pedro Rivera 2016 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Lance Seilhamer 2016 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Ross Sheridan 2016 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Christopher Silvestri 2016 Arizona League (Rookie)
Nick Susie* 2014 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Ryan Thacker* 2010 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Taylor Treloar* 2009 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Tyler Thurmond 2016 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Anthony Warner 2016 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Russ Weich* 2013 Retired (Highest level: Rookie)
Matthew Whipple 2016 Gulf Coast League (Rookie)
Mitch Wilson 2016 Arizona League (Rookie)
Coastal Plain League MiLB Umpire Development Umpire Alumni – CPL
Umpire CPL Year(s) Current Status
Justin Amit 2011-12 Retired
Josh Armstrong 2011 Retired
Matthew Ball 2014 Retired
Doug Becker 2013 Retired
Jamiel Benjamin 2009 Retired
John Budka, Jr. 2015 Retired
Thomas Burrell 2015 Retired
Kelvis Velez Caminero 2015 Coastal Plain League
Bryan Childe 2008 Retired
Matthew Cowan 2015 Retired
Zach Dart 2011 Retired
Jesse Estrada 2012 Retired
Ryan Farnsworth 2010 Retired
David Frame 2012 Retired
William Glienke 2014-15 Coastal Plain League
Dave Hlavac 2014 Coastal Plain League
Drew Holby 2008 Retired
Brad Kayholm 2010 Coastal Plain League
Tim Kreamer 2014 Coastal Plain League
Wyatt Lee 2012 Coastal Plain League
Cameron Liffick 2015 Coastal Plain League
Robert Lothian* 2009 Retired
Ian Manlove 2013 Coastal Plain League
Juan Carlos Martinez-Gonzalez 2015 Coastal Plain League
Mike Mazza 2011 Coastal Plain League
Rob McHugh 2014-15 Coastal Plain League
Joe Merchak 2013 Coastal Plain League
Scott Molloy 2015 Coastal Plain League
Kyle Nichol 2015 Coastal Plain League
George Reidel 2012 Retired
Will Robinson 2015 Coastal Plain League
Clayton Simmons 2013-14 Coastal Plain League
Matthew Smith 2014 Coastal Plain League
Cameron Swallen 2010 Coastal Plain League
Nick Thul 2012 Coastal Plain League
Tim Towe 2013-14 Coastal Plain League
Kyle Wagner 2011-12 Coastal Plain League
Jim Wells 2011 Coastal Plain League
Chance Wilcott 2012 Coastal Plain League
Cameron Young 2012 Coastal Plain League
































































































































































1997-2007 Seasons:

The Coastal Plain League utilized area collegiate umpires from 1997 through the 2007 season. Majority of the umpires had years of experience in calling NCAA Division I games, especially in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Additionally, many of these collegiate umpires had worked professionally before, calling games throughout the ranks of Minor League Baseball. Umpire Supervisor Ron Sebastian oversaw the league’s scheduling of umpires during that time period.