Arlan Freeman – Manager
Record as Grays Manager: 41-42
Arlan Freeman returns to lead the DC Grays in 2014, after guiding them to a highly-successful inaugural campaign in 2012 and 2013. The Grays finished 18-21 in their inaugural 2012 season, and challenged for a playoff spot until the final game of the regular season. Last season, the Grays improved to a 23-21 mark and again were eliminated from playoff contention on the final day of the regular season. Freeman has a great feel for working with college ballplayers, and his extensive pitching expertise has been a great help to the Grays’ pitching staff.
“Arlan has done a terrific job for us, and we are thrilled he is back with the Grays again,” said Grays President Mike Barbera.
During the spring, Freeman continues his successful collegiate coaching career as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, a member of the Empire 8 conference in Division III. Before that, he was the pitching coach at Division II Felician College in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference. In spring 2012, Freeman assisted at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The Fighting Knights went 35-15 and reached the NCAA Tournament. Prior to Lynn, Freeman sent three seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. During his time with the Buccaneers, they won 68 percent of their games and produced five major-league draft selections. Freeman also spent one season as the head coach at the University of New England.
Arlan also brings to the Grays extensive experience at the highest levels of summer college baseball. He has served as manager of the Covington Lumberjacks in the Valley Baseball League (2010), and as pitching coach with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League (2008, 2009).
Freeman earned a BS in health and physical education from Plymouth State University in 2001 and a master’s in sports management from Barry in 2011.
Coach Williams has over sixteen years of professional baseball experience playing in the Baltimore Orioles, LA Dodgers, and SF Giants organizations. He has captured Most Valuable Player, Most Popular, Topps Player of the Month, and Batting Champion Awards while playing Pro baseball.
William’s professional playing days has also seen extensive time abroad in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Chunichi Dragons in Japan where he played in the Japan World Series.
Coach Williams participated in Major League Baseball Envoy Program Provided detail baseball instructions to coaches and players in China in June of 2004. During the summer 2003, he also participated in the Major League Baseball Envoy Program and provided detail baseball instruction to coaches and players in Germany.
From 1999 to 2002, he was Head Coach at Howard University where the baseball program was cut as a varsity sport at the University after the 2002 season. He is presently Associate Coach at Prince George’s Community College where he has served as head/associate-coach since 2003.
A native Washingtonian, he attended Eastern Senior High School and grew up a fungos hit distance from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.
Freddie Rappina – Assistant Coach
Coach Freddie Rappina has been coaching baseball for Fairfax County Schools for over a decade. He is currently the head coach at Falls Church High School. Coach Rappina has spent the last four years rebuilding the baseball program from the ground up. He has been able to get the program to a competitive status as well as improving the facilities at the school through successful fundraising. This past season Falls Church won more games than they have in the past eight seasons before. Coach Rappina looks forward to an even greater improvement next year as most of this years starters are returning.
Before taking over at Falls Church High School, Coach Rappina was an assistant at other high schools including Robinson Secondary, South Lakes High School and West Springfield High School.
Before his coaching days, Freddie Rappina played baseball for Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and graduated in 2000 with Bachelor of Art degrees in both Political Science and Sociology. He also holds a Master of Science degree from the University of New Haven in Criminal Justice. Originally from Long Island NY, Rappina played baseball at St. Anthony’s High School.
Andrew Smith – Assistant Coach
Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Alexandria, VA. Attended St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School (Alexandria) and received Varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. In 2003 as a junior, won school’s Pitcher of the Year award with a 2.23 ERA and as a shortstop received the Gold Glove for best defensive player.
In 2004 as a senior was named first team all-IAC and second team all-state of Virginia as a shortstop/pitcher on a team that reached the state semifinals and featured Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Michael Schwimer. Attended the University of South Carolina, majoring in journalism.
Has worked in public/government relations in Washington, D.C., as a private contractor in Alexandria, covered sports for the Alexandria Times, and currently lives in Alexandria and works as a free-lance writer. Coaching career… Returned to St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes for the 2007 season as a Varsity assistant coach. Joined Hayfield Secondary School’s coaching staff in 2011 as a Varsity pitching coach/ass’t coach and currently holds that position.