Tripp Keister, Manager
2014 Carolina League Field Manager of the Year Tripp Keister, 49, enters his ninth season managing inside the Washington Nationals' Minor League organization. Keister starts the 2020 season with the most regular season wins in franchise history (423), 110 more than any other manager in franchise history and has managed 846 regular season games, also a franchise best. He is the first manager in franchise history to lead the club for at least seven consecutive seasons.
Keister's resume includes a 2014 Mills Cup Championship, the fifth Carolina League title captured by the Fredericksburg Baseball franchise, and a stint as the Washington Nationals' Field Manager representative in the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League. Keister managed the Salt River Rafters to a 16-13 record in 2015.
He was promoted before the 2014 ledger to lead the Potomac Nationals from his same post with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns, a club he guided to the 2013 South Atlantic League Championship Series.
Keister became the 26th manager in the history of the Fredericksburg Baseball franchise in 2014 after spearheading the Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2012 before his posts with Hagerstown (2013) and Potomac, respectively.
Prior to his professional coaching experience, Keister served as Head Baseball Coach and Associate Athletic Director at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware (NCAA Div. III) from 2006 through 2011 where he earned a Conference Coach of the Year Award, and a school record 30 wins in 2007. Keister also previously made an assistant coaching stop at the University of South Carolina (NCAA Div. I) from 1996 to 1998, and held the head coaching position at Delaware State University (NCAA Div. I) from 1999 to 2000 before assuming an amateur scouting post for the San Diego Padres.
Keister was selected in the 33rd round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the New York Mets out of the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) where he was a standout outfielder.
In four Minor League seasons in the outfield, Keister collected a .403 on-base percentage courtesy of 223 walks and only 158 strikeouts in 341 games. The FredNats skipper played for the Short-season A Pittsfield Mets (1992), the Class-A Capital City Bombers (1993), the Class-A Advanced St. Lucie Mets (1993-1995), and the Double-A Binghamton Mets (1995).
Justin Lord, Pitching Coach
Lord, 40, joins the Nationals' system after seven seasons in the Baltimore Orioles' minor league system, including spending the 2019 season as the Pitching Coach for the Class-A Frederick Keys.
Lord was previously signed by the Kansas City Royals as a non-drafted free agent out of Florida State in 2001. He went on to play three professional seasons in the Royals' and Pittsburgh Pirates' systems, including stops in the Carolina League for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2003 and the Lynchburg Hillcats in 2004.
Luis Ordaz, Hitting Coach
Ordaz, 44, of Maracaibo, Venezuela embarks on his 10th year in Washington's Minor League system and his fifth straight season with the franchise. In 2019, Ordaz led the Potomac Nationals to the second-best batting average in the Carolina League.
A former MLB infielder with the St. Louis Cardinals (1997-1999), Kansas City Royals (2000-2002), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2006), Ordaz played in 206 Big League games and collected 96 hits (13 doubles) over seven seasons in "The Show."
Ordaz was signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent in 1992 and made his Big League debut with St. Louis on September 3, 1997 against the Chicago White Sox.
Ordaz spent 2011 to 2013 as the Hitting Coach for Auburn before working for Hagerstown in the same capacity in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Ordaz was a player/coach for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs during the 2010 ledger.
Don Neidig, Head Athletic Trainer
Neidig begins his third season with the franchise in 2020. He spent the 2014-17 seasons as the Athletic Trainer for the Hagerstown Suns, while in 2013, the Lock Haven University graduate worked on the title-winning Gulf Coast League Nationals' staff.
Shane Hill, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Hill enters his second season with the franchise and his fourth within the Washington Nationals system in 2020. He was previously the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Short-season-A Auburn Doubledays (2017) and Class-A Hagerstown Suns (2018). Hill is a graduate of both Nova Southeastern University and the University of Florida.