Austin grew up playing baseball and has been passionate about the sport his entire life. He’s another Chesterfield native, attending Matoaca High and playing for RISE Baseball under the direction of Chris Martin. Austin went on to play baseball at Marymount University where he majored in Health Sciences while also being named to all-conference and all-state teams.
Since graduating in 2019, Austin has coached at RISE. He loves helping young players develop their talent and improve in the game of baseball.
Benjamin was born and raised in Chester, Virginia, so Colonial Heights has always been a place to call home. He’s always had a passion and enjoyment for anything and everything that had to do with photography, videography, and more recently graphic design. Ben is always wanting to learn new skills and gain any, and all experience.
Benjamin graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2020, where he studied Communication and Photography & Video Arts. He worked within Christopher Newport’s Office of Communication and Public Relations Office as a Videography Intern. Currently with the Tri-City Chili Peppers he handles content creation, photography, analytics, graphic design, and marketing.
Chris is an innovative entrepreneur in central Virginia who received his Economics degree in 2011 from Hampden-Sydney College. In 2013, he took over ownership of small, but growing baseball academy in Midlothian and has since turned RISE Baseball into one of the premier academies in central Virginia. Chris and his staff have trained professional, collegiate and young athletes of all ages.
In his free time, Chris loves spending time with his wife Heather and son Easton. Much of the great entertainment that the Chili Peppers offer is inspired by his love for a fun and family-friendly atmosphere and Chris knows it’s not just baseball, but great food, drinks and fan engagement that will make the Tri-Cities Chili Pepper fans for life.
Colin is originally from Howard County Maryland. Colin has over 22 years of experience in management positions, running various nationally known gyms and fitness centers such as the Columbia Association, Planet Fitness, Marriot Athletic Club, LA Fitness, Golds Gym, and Snap Fitness. Colin also has over 7 years in the sports industry, working with various minor league teams including the Baltimore Vengeance, Western Maryland Warriors, Wheeling Nailers , Memphis 901FC, and Memphis Redbirds. He is a firm believer that any sports franchises must have strong community involvement, no matter what the size of the town, village, or suburban area.
In his spare time, Colin is involved with serval nonprofit organizations such as Mission 22, National Kidney Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness, Autism Foundation, and several others. When Colin isn’t busy with work or volunteering, he loves Civil War Reenacting and Paranormal Investigating, spending time with his wife Ashley and their four kids.
Emily is originally from Centreville, Virginia. She moved to Richmond in 2015 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University. Emily was a scholarship Field Hockey player for four years at the university, receiving All-American accolades, and is one of the most decorated Field Hockey players to go play at VCU.
Emily graduated in 2018, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and a minor in Psychology. She moved to West Virginia in 2019 for a Multi Media Journalist position at the local television station in North Central West Virginia. Her dream job is be a sports sideline reporter, specifically a baseball sideline reporter, which is what led her to the Tri-Cities. With the Chili Peppers, Emily is shooting, editing, and managing all videos, and social media platforms. Along with work behind the camera, she also involved in the community, coordinating the teams community outreach.
Steve joined the Chili Peppers as General Manager in the fall of 2019 after a 10 year career at NBC12 in Richmond as an Emmy-nominated Director & Production Coordinator. He also worked as a Producer for ESPN Richmond and in 2019 worked for the Richmond Flying Squirrels as a member of their production crew. For the past six years, Steve has freelanced as a videographer and director for University of Richmond’s athletics.
Steve met owner Chris Martin at Manchester High School and the two have remained close friends ever since. Steve even officiated Chris’s wedding in the summer of 2011.
Steve is a graduate of VCU with a degree in communications. He has two sons, Adam and Kyle, loves baseball and the Atlanta Braves, and his favorite player is Greg Maddux.