Coach Wheeler enters his sixth 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.
Associate Head Coach
JV Head Coach
Zach Alexander enters his first season as an assistant coach at Manteo. He comes to Manteo after spending the last six seasons at North Carolina Wesleyan. Alexander served two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach with his alma mater… the first while he completed his degree, and the second while serving as a 5th grade teacher within the Nash/Rocky Mount School system.
In the fall of 2014, Alexander joined NC Wesleyan as a full-time assistant to Intramurals, while in the summer of 2015, his duties moved entirely to the Department of Athletics as Assistant Baseball Coach and Director of Outdoor Facilities. He was a standout player for head coach Charlie Long at NC Wesleyan from 2008 to 2011. Coach Alexander was a two-time USA South All-Conference performer at first base. He led Wesleyan to a pair of conference championships during his playing tenure. After manning the hot corner as a freshman, he made the move over to first base during his sophomore campaign, where he would become a three-year starter. That same 2009 season was highlighted by the Bishops capturing both the USA South regular season and tournament crowns en route to the program’s 21st NCAA berth.
Individually, Alexander posted his best collegiate numbers during a 2010 junior season that saw the Virginia Beach native bat .468 in conference play with a trio of homeruns, 12 doubles and 34
RBIs. Wesleyan capture its second straight regular season league title that year, and for his
efforts, Alexander was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Coach Alexander grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and attended Kempsville High School where he played for Coach Paul Shows. Kempsville was the 2007 Beach district champions and Coach Alexander was the Offensive MVP.
Coach Alexander graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan in 2013 with his B.S. in Elementary Education.
Ronnie “Pops” Meekins
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.
Coach DeSanto is entering his fourth year on the Redskin coaching staff.