Sean Ryan is co-founder and editor of CollegeBaseballInsider.com. He spends his days working at The Hodges Partnership (www.hodgespart.com), a public relations firm in Richmond, Va. After work, he takes to the diamond as the head varsity baseball coach at Benedictine College Prep, where he has gone 200-111 with 10 playoff appearances and one state title in 12 years. A native of Atlanta, Sean spent a year at the University of South Carolina, where he didn’t make the baseball team but started a journalism career at The Gamecock. He transferred to the University of Richmond for another try at baseball. In four years at Richmond, Sean was a three-year starter at third base, a two-time captain and part of a Spiders team that won a then-school record 43 games in 1995. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and spent four-plus years as a not-quite full-time editor and writer in the sports department at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. He also worked in marketing for Tuff Stuff Publications during much of that time and joined local business journal Inside Business in December 2000. After Inside Business went out of business, Sean joined The Hodges Partnership in January 2003. Sean grew up a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and has been reenergized with the Bucs after 20 years of frustration. He’s also endured many years of frustration backing the Atlanta Falcons, but claims the Falcons’ lone Super Bowl appearance as his favorite sporting event he’s attended. On the baseball field, Sean once held a Spiders record with seven RBI in a game against Radford. He also likely left seven runners on base in a game many times in a career that spanned 164 games and included 165 hits. Sean is board president of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond, past chair of the board and current board member of the Salvation Army Central Virginia Area Command and a board member of Commonwealth Community Trust. Contact Sean at Sean@CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
Phil Stanton is co-founder and editor for CollegeBaseballInsider.com. Phil is now concentrating full-time on CBI after working four years as director of athletic communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. He spent 12 years in the sports information office at the University of Richmond, primarily working with football, men’s basketball and baseball. A native of Chillicothe, Ohio, Phil earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in statistics from The Ohio State University. After graduation, he taught in the math department at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., for five years, more than three of which he was also sports information director. He worked for three years with the Richmond Braves and for a year with a local sports agent before landing at the University of Richmond. Phil’s favorite teams are the Cincinnati Reds and Ohio State Buckeyes. He is still ecstatic about the Buckeyes’ national championship in football in 2002; he’s not so thrilled about their loss to Florida in 2006. One of his sporting highlights was being in attendance at Riverfront Stadium when Pete Rose singled off Eric Show to break Ty Cobb’s all-time hits record in 1985. Contact Phil atPhil@CollegeBaseballInsider.com.