BIOGRAPHY

 

Mike Rutledge is 56 years old and resides in Bellaire, Texas, a Houston suburb. He and his wife, Peggy, have four children, ages 31, 29, 24 and 22, and four grandchildren. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 (earning Phi Beta Kappa distinction), his Masterís degree in Professional Accounting (with a specialization in Taxation) in 1977 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1979, all from the University of Texas in Austin. He is a partner with Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP, one of seventy-five largest law firms in the country, where he serves as the chairman of the firmís Taxation, Trusts & Estates Section. Prior to practicing law, Mike worked in public accounting and is a certified public accountant. He devotes his leisure time to coaching in and administering summer and fall high school baseball programs designed to showcase the talents of promising players in the Greater Houston area and to assist those players in obtaining college scholarships. He founded Houston Kyle Chapman baseball program in the fall of 1988 and has assisted over 300 players in obtaining college scholarships over the past sixteen years. On the national level, Mike has been the manager and/or pitching coach for PONY Baseballís Palomino team (ages 17-18) in the prestigious USA Baseball Tournament of Stars (formerly the National Amateur All-Star Baseball Tournament) since its inception in 1993. This tournament is held annually and features 144 of the best high school players in the country, competing for roster spots on the USA Junior National team. Mike was most recently the manager of the PONY Baseball team in the 2002 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars held in Joplin, Missouri in June of 2002. In addition, he was named by USA Baseball as its 1997 Amateur Coach of the Year in the State of Texas. Mikeís Houston KC team has advanced to the PONY Palomino World Series nine (9) times (1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004), winning the championship in 1993 and 2001 and finishing runner-up in 1999, 2000 and 2003.

 

REFERENCES

 

Mr. Mark Johnson, Head Baseball Coach

Mr. Jim Lawler, Assistant Baseball Coach

Texas A&M University

TAMU Baseball Office

College Station, Texas 77843-1228

(979) 845-1177

 

 

Mr. Wayne Graham, Head Baseball Coach

Mr. Mike Taylor, Assistant Baseball Coach

Mr. David Pierce, Assistant Baseball Coach

Rice University Athletics

MS 548

P.O. Box 1892

Houston, Texas 77251-1892

(713) 348-8859

 

 

Mr. Rayner Noble

Head Baseball Coach

University of Houston

Baseball Office

3100 Cullen Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77204

(713) 743-9416

 

 

Mr. Todd Whitting

Assistant Baseball Coach

Texas Christian University

TCU Box 297600

Lupton Baseball Stadium

Ft. Worth, Texas 76129

(817) 257-6962

 

 

Mr. Mitch Thompson

Assistant Baseball Coach

Baylor University

150 Bear Run

Waco, Texas 76711

(254) 710-3041

 

 

Mr. Dean Stotz

Assistant Baseball Coach

Stanford University

Department of Athletics

Stanford, California 94305-6150

(650) 723-9528

 

 

Mr. Abraham Key, President

PONY Baseball, Inc.

300 Clare Drive

Washington, Pennsylvania 15301

(724) 225-1060