Islander Baseball Camps
Pitching coach Marty Smith enters his eighth 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 responsible for running the program’s clinics and camps. He also assists in the recruiting aspects of the program.
A pair of Islander pitchers from the 2016 staff signed professionally as ace Chris Falwell was drafted by the San Francisco Giants. Reliever Garrett Harris went on to sign a free agent deal with the Kansas City Royals.
Two members of the 2015 Islanders pitching staff signed professional contracts as starter Trevor Belicek was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and closer Jacob Dorris signed a free agent deal with the Houston Astros. By the end of the 2015 season, Dorris had advanced to the double-A ranks, pitching for the hometown Corpus Christi Hooks, while Belicek had made his way into the rotation at single-A Rome.
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.
In past summers, he has coached the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plains League. 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.
Assistant Coach Nick Magnifico enters his first year as a member of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2017, assisting in recruiting and the offensive aspects of the game. Magnifico spent the previous season as an Assistant at the University of Central Missouri, where he coached multiple recognized hitters, including four All-Conference performers, two All-Region players and a single All-American.
Prior to his time with the Mules, Magnifico performed Hitting Coach duties for Heartland Community College, where he helped lead the Hawks to top-10 rankings in nine major offensive categories. Magnifico had the opportunity to coach two All-Americans with Heartland, including 2016 Junior College Player of the Year, and current New York Mets prospect, Colin Holderman.
The Islanders Assistant has had coaching responsibilities with William Chrisman High School in Independence, Mo. (2015), the Coastal Plain League's Holly Spring Salamanders (2015), and was the HC of his alma mater Lexington High School from 2012-2014.
A Missouri-native, Magnifico played three years with John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill. as a shortstop and team captain, before transferring to Missouri State, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology.
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.