BIOGRAPHY

 

Mike Rutledge resides in Bellaire, Texas, a Houston suburb. He and his wife, Peggy, have four children and ten grandchildren. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 (earning Phi Beta Kappa distinction), his Master's 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 Lord LLP, one of seventy-five largest law firms in the country, where he serves as the Deputy Managing Partner of the Houston office. 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 500 players in obtaining college scholarships over the past twenty-six years. On the national level, Mike has been the manager and/or pitching coach for PONY Baseball's 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 2010 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars held in Cary, North Carolina in June of 2010. In addition, he was named by USA Baseball as its 1997 Amateur Coach of the Year in the State of Texas. Mike's Houston KC team has advanced to the PONY Palomino World Series twelve (12) times (1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,2006,2008 and 2009), winning the championship in 1993, 2001,2008 and 2009 and finishing runner-up in 1999, 2000 and 2003.

 

REFERENCES

 

Mr. Wayne Graham, Head Baseball Coach

Mr. Patrick Hallmark, Assistant Baseball Coach

Rice University Athletics

MS 548

P.O. Box 1892

Houston, Texas 77251-1892

(713) 348-8859

 

 

Mr. Todd Whitting, Head Baseball Coach

Mr. Trip Couch, Assistant Baseball Coack

University of Houston

Baseball Office

3100 Cullen Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77204

(713) 743-9416

 

 

 

 

Mr. Steve Johnigan

Assistant Baseball Coach

Baylor University

150 Bear Run

Waco, Texas 76711

(254) 710-3041

 

 

Mr. David Pierce, Head Baseball Coach

Mr. Sean Allen, Assistant Baseball Coach

Sam Houston State University

SHSU Baseball Office

Huntsville, Texas 77843-1228

(979) 845-1177

 

 

Mr. Ty Harrington

Head Baseball Coach

Texas State University

San Marcos, Texas

 

 

Mr. Brett Lawler

Assistant Baseball Coach

University of Texas @ San Antonio

San Antonio, Texas

 

 

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