Islander Baseball Camps
Pitching coach Marty Smith is beginning his fifth 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 second 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 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.
Volunteer Assistant CoachKenny Jackson
Corpus Christi native Kenny Jackson will embark on his second season as Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Islanders Baseball team. After helping out with the team in 2013 season, he will fill the void left by Brett Gips, who was promoted to recruiting coordinator for the 2014 season.
Jackson acts as the third base coach, as well as assisting Coach Malone with the hitters. Defensively, Jackson serves as the main coach for the outfielders and assisting with infielders.
Jackson was drafted in the 31st round by the Florida 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.
Graduate Assistant CoachEric Weiss
Eric Weiss joined the Islander Baseball coaching staff in 2014 after finishing his professional career with the Los Angeles Angels. Weiss will assist with the hitters and work with outfielders and catchers, defensively.
Weiss was drafted in the 35th round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2013 following his senior season with the Islanders. Weiss played one season in the Arizona Rookie League before focusing on his coaching career.
During his collegiate career, Weiss spent his final two seasons with the Islanders. Weiss was named a team captain his senior year where he started every game in center field for the Islanders. He hit .327 with 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 42 RBIs during his senior season, pacing the team in on-base plus slugging percentage (.880). A First-Team All-Southland Conference honoree, Weiss placed ninth in the conference in batting average, hitting safely in 46 of 57 games. The 23-year-old Houstonian did not commit an error over 157 total chances in center field.
Prior to his time with the Islanders, Weiss was a two-year starter for head coach Doug Wren at Tyler Junior College. The Apaches went 47-14 in 2010 and were NJCAA District C Tournament Champions and NJCAA World Series Runner Ups. Weiss batted .401 with 49 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases. In 2011, Weiss batted .402 with 24 runs batted in and 16 stolen bases. He was named a 2011 NJCAA 1st Team All American, nominated/finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, named to the NJCAA Region XIV Athletic Conference All Academic Team, and graduated Cum Laude with an Associates of Arts degree.
In high school, Weiss was a two-year starter for head coach Michael McCollum at Cypress Creek High School. The Cougars were 17-5A Bi-District Champions of Region III in 2008 and 15-5A Bi-District Finalists of Region II in 2009. Weiss was named Honorable Mention All-District in 2008 and 1st Team All-District in 2009.
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.