Coaches

Alfie Wheeler

Head Coach

Email: wheeleral@daretolearn.org

Coach Wheeler enters his fourth season as the head coach of the baseball program at Manteo.  He graduated from Manteo in 2005 and was an all conference performer in football and baseball.  In 2005 he was an all state performer on the diamond, as well as Northeastern Coastal Conference Player of the Year.  Following Manteo Wheeler played four years of division I baseball at High Point University.  From 2005-2009 he was twice elected to the Big South All Conference team as a shortstop and in 2009 was elected to the Big South All Academic Team.  Coach Wheeler was named Big South Conference Player of the Week after leading High Point to two wins over #14 Coastal Carolina and a win over #4 North Carolina.  For the week, Wheeler went 10-for-21 at the plate (.476), scored nine runs, had seven RBI, walked three times, and posted a .560 on-base percentage and .619 slugging percentage.  Wheeler finished his playing career in the top five in many HPU and Big South season and career statistical categories.  Games Started: (Career – 206), Batting Average: (Season – .400) (Career – .314), Hits (Season – 82) (Career – 235), Runs (Season – 57) (Career – 146), Walks (Career – 72), OBP (Season – .488), Assists (Season – 162) (Career – 556).

Following High Point career Wheeler was an assistant coach at High Point University .  In the summer of 2010 he was an assistant coach for the Morehead City Marlins in the Coastal Plain League.  He was in charge of coaching third base, the offense, and hitters.  The Marlins went on to win the Division Championship and in just their first season were ranked as the 12th best summer collegiate team in the country by Perfect Game USA.  Following the 2010 summer Wheeler became a graduate assistant at UNC Pembroke.

Coach Wheeler began teaching and coaching at Manteo in 2011.  Wheeler was the varsity assistant coach in both 2012 and 2013.  In 2014 he took over the Manteo baseball program.  In 2014 Coach Wheeler and Coach Metzinger helped build a junior legion team in Manteo, which they coach during the summer season.

Coach Wheeler graduated from High Point University in 2009 with a B.S. in Physical Education.  He also received his masters in physical education from UNC Pembroke in 2013.

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Jimmy Metzinger

Assistant Varsity Coach

Email: metzingerji@daretolearn.org

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Hunter Meekins

JV Head Coach

Email: huntermeekins@gmail.com

Hunter Meekins enters his third year as a member of the Manteo Baseball coaching staff.  He played four years of varsity baseball at MHS before going on to play at Barton College.  At Manteo Meekins was a standout in both baseball and football.  He was all conference in baseball in 2006 and 2007.  As a right handed pitcher he recorded a 25-5 record during his high school career.  On the gridiron Meekins was a 2006 all conference selection, as well as the teams leading receiver.  He helped lead the Redskin football team to an appearance in the 2006 1A state championship.

From 2007-2011 Meekins was a weekend starter for Barton College.  He won the Conference Carolinas pitcher of the week award many times.  He was also the 2011 Barton College pitcher of the year.

Coach Meekins received his B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Barton College in 2011.

Nick Brown

JV Assistant Coach

Email: nbrown@envirotechnc.com

Nick Brown is entering his second season on the Redskin coaching staff.  Coach Brown was a 2007 graduate of Manteo High School, and played alongside fellow coach Hunter Meekins.

Coach Brown was a three year varsity baseball starter.  He saw action as an infielder, catcher, and pitcher at Manteo.  He was selected to the all-conference team as a junior and senior.  As a senior, he earned Conference Player of the Year and was selected to the 1A All-State team. He was selected to play in the 2006 North Carolina State Games as a junior.  As a senior he lead the team in homeruns, hits, average and runs batted in.
After his senior year, Coach Brown received a scholarship to play baseball at Gardner Webb University as a pitcher and catcher. He played one season for the Runnin’ Bulldogs baseball team before injuring his rotator cuff and labrum while pitching in 2008.  He then attended North Carolina State University.
Coach Brown graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He now currently works for Envirotech of North Carolina.

Ronnie “Pops” Meekins

Assistant Coach

Coach “Pops” Meekins has been a staple in the Redskin’s baseball program for many years, and has been coaching baseball for 27 years total.  He loves to share his knowledge of the game with young players.  He started coaching in 1972 in the Elizabeth City youth 13-15 year old leagues.  In 1974 his team finished second in the state and he was awarded the state runner-up coaches award while coaching a 13 and 14 year old all star team.

In 1989 Coach Meekins retired from state law enforcement and became the assistant baseball coach, to his son Kenny, at Princeton High School.  He continued coaching at Princeton through the 1993 season, and in those five years Princeton captured a state championship.  Princeton also finished as state runner ups in one of his seasons.

In 1994 Coach Meekins moved to Manteo, and alongside William Creef, started a Junior Varsity program at MHS.  In just their first season Creef and Meekins went an undefeated 10-0.  In 1995 Coach Meekins became head assistant for the varsity program and just a year later the Redskins captured the 1996 2A state championship.  Pops remained the varsity assistant until 2012.  During that time he helped guide Manteo to many conference championships.  He is now back with MHS as a bullpen coach and assistant junior varsity coach.

Tommy DeSanto

Assistant Coach

Coach DeSanto is entering his second year on the Redskin coaching staff.

John Marroquin

Team Manager

John Marroquin is in his second season as manager for the baseball program.

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