MEET THE COACHES

8U

Coach: Chris Putman

Chris played little league from tee ball all the way through Babe Ruth – and has played recreational softball for many years. He began coaching in 2009 in NY when his first daughter was ready to play tee ball, and developed a passion for coaching. He coached his daughters through 12U, coaching multiple All-Star teams along the way. In 2015, he started coaching his son’s tee ball team. Had the privilege of working with and learning from a coaching instructor for many years in NY, who had ties to the Yankees organization. Chris and family relocated to North Carolina, and after taking a year off, he had to “get back into the game”. Chris joined Garner Little League (now Garner Sports League) and has continued to coach 12U and 14U rec softball as well as 8U rec baseball. He coached the 8U Garner Stars baseball team in 2018 and took over the Generals in Fall 2019.

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9U

Coach: KEVIN GREENE

Kevin is the Service Manager at Duty Tire and Service Center. He started volunteering his time coaching baseball to help out with both his boys’ Rec Ball teams with Garner Little League (now Garner Sports League). Kevin brings over 10 years of coaching experience to the field and has been coaching since 2011 in Rec Ball and 2016 in Travel Ball for the Generals. Kevin really enjoys the game and helping the boys develop their skills, and learn sportsmanship along the way. 

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10U Blue

Coach: MIKE CAUDILL

Mike Caudill has been coaching youth baseball for over 14 years.  He started coaching his oldest son in 2005, and since then has coached teams of kids in multiple age groups from age 4 up to age 15, coaching teams in both the Spring and Fall seasons, including several recreational league All-Star teams.  He has been very involved with Garner Little League, now Garner Sports League, as a coach, a Board Member, and the current Vice President of Baseball. In the Fall of 2018, the Generals started a 13u team which he coached in both the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019.  In the Fall of 2019 he turned the team over to one of his assistant coaches and then assisted some on the Fall 2019 Generals 9u team while also coaching a recreational league 12u team. In the Spring 2020 season he will be coaching the Generals 10u Blue team, a new expansion team within our Generals organization.
Mike has seen the sport of baseball from multiple angles, playing the sport in his youth until he aged out, playing in a local wood bat men’s league as an adult, being an official scorekeeper and also as an umpire.
His love of the game of baseball keeps him involved and he often can be found at the field working with players to help them improve.

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10U Red

Coach: Jamie Austin

11U

Coach: DAVID CARTER

12U

Coach: Joel Gates

Joel has been playing baseball for over forty years and is a current player with the Central North Carolina Men’s Baseball league. Joel began coaching at the rec ball level in 2014 before joining the Generals in 2018 as an assistant coach. Joel was promoted to head coach for the fall 2019 season.

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14U

Coach: Hal Partin