Field Staff Bios
RON "POP" WARNER - MANAGER
Ron "Pop" Warner returns to Memphis for his third season as the Redbirds manager in 2014. The former Redbirds All-Star has guided the club to a 126-162 record over the last two seasons.
The 44-year-old Warner - who is the fifth different manager in the Redbirds' 17-year franchise history - served as St. Louis' Double-A skipper for the Springfield Cardinals for five seasons before arriving in the Bluff City in 2012.
Warner finished with a 358-337 record in Springfield and is the winningest manager in Springfield Cardinals history. The club qualified for the Texas League playoffs in three of those five seasons at the helm.
Warner has spent every year since 2000 in the Cardinals organization and enters his 11th as a field manager, 15th as a coach. His overall professional managerial record stands at 655-666 record (.496) with Rookie-level Johnson City (2003), Advanced-A Palm Beach (2005-06), Double-A Springfield (2007-11), and Triple-A Memphis (2012-13).
He was voted the 2005 George Kissell award winner by the Cardinals' organization after guiding his Palm Beach squad to their first Florida State League playoff appearance and championship in his first season coaching in the FSL.
He made his transition to coaching when he served as the St. Louis Cardinals' batting practice pitcher in 2000, followed by coaching positions with Double-A New Haven in 2001, Low-A New Jersey in 2002, and Single-A Quad Cities in 2004.
Prior to transitioning to a coaching capacity, Warner played bine seasons in the Cardinals farm system after being selected in the 17th round of the 1991 draft as a shortstop out of the University of Wyoming. He played for the Redbirds at Tim McCarver Stadium from 1998-99 and was recognized as the first Redbirds player selected as a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star in the franchise's inaugural season of 1998.
Warner resides in St. Charles, Mo. with wife Laura, and their three children, sons Colin and Benjamin, and daughter Callie.
BRYAN EVERSGERD - PITCHING COACH
Bryan Eversgerd returns to the Redbirds for his second season as pitching coach in 2014 and begins his 12th overall season in the Cardinals organization.
Before arriving in Memphis in 2013, he spent four of the previous five seasons in the same capacity for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship and George Kissell Award in 2012.
Eversgerd's inaugural coaching season was in 2001 as pitching coach for the Cardinals' Advanced-A Potomac affiliate. After being out of baseball for two years, he resumed as pitching coach for the Midwest League Low-A affiliate in Peoria (2004) and Quad Cities (2005-07) prior to joining Springfield's staff.
Eversgerd coached four seasons over two stints with Springfield (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship in his final season. He spent the 2010 campaign with Advanced-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League.
After attending Kaskaskia Community College (Ill.), the left-hander was originally signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent during a June tryout camp at Busch Stadium in 1989 and enjoyed a 12-year professional pitching career.
He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his Major League debut for St. Louis on April 30, 1994 and picked up his first big league win in his only major league start on May 20, 1994 at Florida.
Eversgerd pitched three seasons with the Redbirds during 1998-2000 seasons (12-15, 3.27 ERA, 148 SO) and ranks 3rd in Redbirds' history with 156 relief appearances.
The left-hander led the Redbirds in apparances in 1998 and 1999 season, including finishing 2nd in the circuit in games (59) and baserunners, per nine innings (10.09) in 1999.
Eversgerd hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings while picking up two playoff victories for the 2000 PCL champion Redbirds, which included the winning decision during Albert Pujols' championship-clinching walk-off home run in extra innings of game 4.
The 44-year-old graduated from Carlyle (Ill.) High School where he was named team MVP and All-Conference as a senior in 1987. He resides in Hoffman, Ill. with wife Lisa, and their two children, daughter Kristen and son Jacob.
MARK BUDASKA - HITTING COACH
Mark Budaska begins his seventh season as the Redbirds hitting coach in 2014. He spent his six previous years working in the Boston Red Sox system, including the 2004-07 seasons with Triple-A Pawtucket.
During his tenure in Memphis, has tutored Cardinals batters David Freese, Allen Craig, Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, and Matt Carpenter, who all posted career minor league years in Memphis before moving on to St. Louis.
Budaska spent three offseasons from 2010-12 as the hitting and outfield coach for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Prior to his time with the PawSox, Budaska spent two years with Double-A Portland. In 2001, the Pennsylvania native enjoyed his most success as a coach, winning the Texas League Championship with the Anaheim Angels' Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers. That year his hitters finished fourth in the league with a .266 team batting average. Budaska served as hitting coach and first base coach for a major league team in Taiwan from 1998-2000.
The former switch-hitting outfielder played for 10 years in the Oakland Athletics organization, including two stints with the big league club in 1978 and 1981. Budaska, who now resides in Hawaii, appeared in 13 games with the A's collecting six hits in the 36 at-bats with three doubles and two RBIs.
He began his professional playing career in 1973 with Lewiston in the Northwest League after signing as an amateur free agent and made his major league debut on June 6, 1979.
JEREMY CLIPPERTON - ATHLETIC TRAINER
Clipperton, 36, enters his third season as athletic trainer for the Redbirds in 2014.
Before joining the Cardinals organization in 2012, Jeremy spent 10 years in the Seattle Mariners organization, including two in the PCL with Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers from 2010-11.
Clipperton began his career in baseball in 1998 serving as an intern trainer for the Clinton Lumberkings of the San Diego Padres organization before graduating from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. in 1999. After initially joining the Seattle Mariners organization athletic trainer for the Peoria Mariners in the 2000 Arizona League, he completed one season with the Northwest League Spokane Indians in the Kansas City Royals organization.
He rejoined the Mariners in 2002 and spent the next four seasons with Single-A Wisconsin. He began a two-year stint at the Double-A level in West Tennessee in 2007 and moved to the Advanced-A High Desert Mavericks of the California League in 2009.
The Iowa native is a two-time award recipient, recognized by the Midwest League in 2006 and again in 2008 as the Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Professional Athletic Trainers Society, the highest Minor League award as the top athletic trainer in all of the Minor Leagues. He was also named the Southern League Trainer of the Year in 2008.
Jeremy and his wife Jessica reside in Peoria, Ariz.
SEAN JOHNSON - STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Johnson is enjoying his sixth season with the Redbirds in 2014. He began in Memphis as a strength and conditioning intern in 2009 before moving into his current role as full-time coach in 2010.
A member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), Johnson was recently recognized as the 2013 Pacific Coast League Strength Coach of the Year by the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society.
A graduate of Senatobia High School in Miss., Johnson played outfield the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers and head coach Mark Carson during the 2006-07 seasons. Northwest won 61 games in his two seasons, and in his sophomore year, finished fourth at the NJCAA World Series in Millington after going 40-17.
In 75 career games (55 starts) at Northwest, Johnson hit .319 with three home runs, 17 doubles, three triples, and also drove in 32 runs. He added 13 career stolen bases, 20 walks, and 42 runs scored.
Johnson later walked on at Mississippi State for legendary head coach Ron Polk and made the team in 2008 as a redshirt junior.
He received his B.A. in kinesiology in 2009 and master's degree in exercise physiology in 2010 from Mississippi State University.