Tripp Keister, Manager
2014 Carolina League Field Manager of the Year Tripp Keister, 48, enters his eigth season managing inside the Washington Nationals' Minor League organization. Keister starts the 2019 season with the most regular season wins in Potomac franchise history (353), 40 more than any other manager in franchise history and has managed 689 regular season games, seven shy of the franchise best. He is the first manager in franchise history to lead the club for at least six consecutive seasons.
Keister's resume includes a 2014 Mills Cup Championship, the fifth Carolina League title captured by the Potomac 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 P-Nats 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 Potomac Baseball organization 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 P-Nats 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).
Sam Narron, Pitching Coach
Narron, 37, enters his second season with the Potomac Nationals and his seventh within the Nationals organization.
A 15th round pick in the 2001 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, Narron made his Major League debut for the Rangers on 7/30/04, his only MLB appearance.
Narron began his coaching career with Auburn in 2012, the year after he retired from professional baseball. He spent 2012 and 2013 with the Auburn Doubledays, and has spent the past three seasons with Hagerstown.
Narron has a long lineage of baseball. He is the cousin to current Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach and former MLB catcher Jerry Narron, and the grandson of former MLB catcher Sam Narron.
Luis Ordaz, Hitting Coach
Ordaz, 43, of Maracaibo, Venezuela embarks on his ninth year in Washington's Minor League system and his fourth straight season with Potomac.
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 second season with the Potomac Nationals in 2019. 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 first season with the Potomac Nationals and his third within the Washington Nationals system in 2019. 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.