Islander Baseball Camps
Pitching coach Marty Smith is beginning his second season with the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball program after joining the staff in fall of 2009. He will be serving as Islander pitching coach and is responsbile for running the program's clinics and camps. He also assists fellow assistant Chris Ramirez in recruiting.
Prior to joining the Islanders, Smith spent the prior five years as an assistant coach at Angelo State University under head coach Kevin Brooks. His duties also included organizing and administrating hitting instruction. He managed equipment and field maintenance in addition to serving as the team's strength and conditioning coordinator.
Smith also aided in the programs recruiting efforts, recruiting Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. In 2007, Smith helped Angelo State to Lone Star State Conference and Division Championships, a South Central Regional Championship and a trip to the Division II World Series.
Over the past three summers, he has coached the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plains. In 2007, the Steamers compiled a record of 39-16 winning the North Division titles for each half. He was an all-star assistant coach and had six players named to CPL all-star team.
Additionally, he coached with the Newport Gulls, serving as the third base coach, instructing hitters and position players in the summer of 2005. He also served as the batting practice pitcher and directed and supervised summer baseball camps.
He taught and coached at Ft. Worth Brewer High School from (2002-04). He was the assistant baseball coach at Ft. Worth Brewer High School in addition to working as a football and basketball coach. Smith also was a mathematics teacher at Brewer High School.
Other activities he has been involved in include Champions for Christ, Brewer High School (2002-04). He Founded of Baseball Players for Christ (1997-2002), Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leader (2000-03) and the Big Brothers Program (2002).
Smith is currently a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and has been since 2005.
He received his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Hardin-Simmons University in 2002, while playing baseball. Smith is presently working on his master of science at Angelo State University.
Brett Gips begins his first season as the volunteer assistant coach in 2013 after helping out with the team during the 2012 season. He will assist Marty Smith with the Islanders pitching staff, along with other duties as assigned.
The Yorktown, Texas native is a 2010 graduate of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. Gips pitched for the Islanders during his final two collegiate seasons. He appeared in 42 games and went 2-0 with one save. Gips totaled 41.2 innings and averaged nearly four strikeouts per nine innings with 19 total punchouts. He was second on the team in games pitched (23) during the 2008 season and the 42 appearances were the fourth-most in school history.
Gips began his collegiate career at Cisco Junior College under head coach David White. He pitched in dual roles for two seasons for the Wranglers before transferring to Texas A&M - Corpus Christi for the 2007-2009 school years. Gips recieved a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in 2010.
At Yorktown High School, the native Texan was named Texas Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State First Team. As a senior, he went 10-3 with a 0.89 earned run average and 186 strikeouts in 84 innings pitched. Gips threw a 2005 state best six no-hitters and set school single-season records for batting average, ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts. He won two district titles over his final two varsity seasons and was named the 2005 District 29-2A Most Valuable Player.
Gips spent the past two summers as the pitching coach for the Cooperstown Hawkeyes of the Perfect Game Collegiate League in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Hawkeyes were the 2011 West Division Champions.
Corpus Christi native Kenny Jackson will embark on his first season as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Islanders Baseball team. After helping out with the team last season, he will fill the void left by Brett Gips, who was promoted to recruiting coordinator for the 2014 season.
In his new role, Jackson will act as the third base coach, as well as assisting Coach Malone with the hitters. Defensively, Jackson will act as the main coach for outfielders.
Jackson was drafted in the 31st round by the Miami Marlins in 2011. He spent one season playing in the Gulf Coast League for the Marlins before focusing on a coaching career.
During his collegiate career, Jackson spent his final two seasons at Texas A&M where he started in each of the Aggies 69 games that season — a season in which A&M reached the College World Series. That year Jackson hit .278 while driving in 28 runs. He was a sure-handed shortstop as well, committing just 10 errors on 319 chances and turning 35 double plays. During his junior year Jackson played in 55 games, while getting the start in 31 of them, hitting at a .263 clip.
Prior to his time with the Aggies, Jackson played his first two college seasons at Alvin Community College where he was a two-year starter. In his sophomore year he was named first-team all-conference shortstop while hitting six home runs and driving in 41 RBI with a .376 batting average. In 2008, he helped the Dolphins to the Region XIV conference title and a fifth-place finish at the JUCO World Series.
Jackson spent his high school career playing for coach Gabriel Perez at King High School. As a senior he was a first team all-district selection and was voted the team's most valuable player while receiving the Mustangs' gold glove award.