Islander Baseball Camps
Pitching coach Marty Smith is beginning seventh season with the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball program after joining the staff in Fall of 2009. He serves as the Islanders pitching coach and is responsbile for running the program's clinics and camps. He also assists in the recruiting aspects of the program.
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 third season as the recruiting coordinator after serving as the volunteer assistant coach during the 2012-13 season. On the field, he serves as the team's first base coach and works with the catchers. His duties also include organizing scout day and various duties as assigned.
The 2015 Islanders recruiting class was ranked 61st in the country by Collegiate Baseball News and 66th by PerfectGame. In his previous two signing classes, Gips has recruited three Major League Draft picks in Tanner Griggs, Isaac Schlabach and Chris Falwell. Griggs was selected in the 12th round by the Chicago Cubs while Schlabach also turned pro after being drafted in the 19th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. A current Islander, Falwell was selected in the 29th round of this summer's draft by the Pirates.
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 2011 and 2012 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.
Gips resides in Corpus Christi with his wife Amber.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Trey Porras joined the Islanders Baseball coaching staff in 2014 after spending a year in the high school ranks as the varsity assistant at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. Porras will assists with the hitters and serve defensively, as the first base coach.
Porras played professionally as a member of the Florence Freedom in the Frontier Independent League. He spent one season with the Freedom before focusing on his coaching career.
During his collegiate career, Porras spent his final two seasons at the University of New Mexico where he played a pivotal role in securing back-to-back Mountain West Championships for the Lobos. During his senior year Porras hit .324, while driving in 35 runs, and scoring 35 times. He was a sure-handed first baseman as well, committing just 4 errors in 360 chances. During the summer of 2011 Porras won the Batting Title in the Texas Collegiate League helping to lead the Brazos Valley Bombers to the Championship Round.
Prior to his time with the Lobos, Porras played his first two seasons at Wharton Junior College where he was a two-year starter. In his sophomore year he was named first-team all-conference 1B while earning the Johnnie Frankie Award, given out to the Most Outstanding Student Athlete.
Porras spent his high school career playing for coach Mike Weatherly at Needville High School. As a senior he was a first team all-district selection while leading the team in batting average and RBIs.
Porras’ brother Brad Porras was a two-year starter for the Islanders in 2012 and 2013.
Volunteer Assistant CoachCory Wahl
Cory Wahl joined the Islanders baseball staff in the fall of 2015 and will take part in his first season on the Island in Spring 2016.
Wahl comes to the Island after spending the past two seasons at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, N.C., where he served as the hitting, pitching and catching coach along with being the recruiting coordinator.
Prior to Brunswick, Wahl spent two years at Madison College in Wisconsin and a single season at Vincennes University in Indiana. At both stops, Wahl worked with the hitters and catchers while also assisting on the recruiting front.
Wahl earned his bachelor's degree in recreation and sport adminstration from Franklin College in 2010 before going on to earn a master's in coaching and athletic administration from the University of Concordia Irvine in 2013.