Butch Hobson

Manager Butch Hobson has been in uniform almost continuously since beginning his professional baseball career in 1973.

The game has taken him to lofty heights as a Major League player and a Major League manager. Signed by the Boston Red Sox out of the University of Alabama in 1973, Hobson debuted in the American League in September, 1975 and was an everyday third baseman for the Sox by the 1976 All-Star break.

In 1977, Hobson put together his best season, clubbing 30 homers and driving in 112 runs. Two years later, he added 28 more long balls and 93 RBI for the Sox. Eventually, over seven big league seasons, he cranked 98 homers and knocked home 397 while batting .248.

His playing career ended as a Triple-A third baseman with the Yankees in 1985. By 1987, he began the managerial phase of his career, heading up the New York Mets’ Class A team in Columbia, SC. Two years later, he found his way back to the Red Sox, taking over their Class AA Eastern League affiliate in New Britain, CT.

Three years later, he was in Boston and ended up running his old club from 1992 through the strike-shortened 1994 season, winning 207 games as a big league skipper.

His managerial career took him to the Philadelphia Phillies organization and eventually back to the Boston minor league system.

Hobson has overseen a "Golden Era" in Barnstormers baseball, taking three of four teams to the playoffs, including last year's championship club, and amassing 310 wins against only 234 losses in those four years.

The Alabama native came to the Atlantic League in 2000, leading the Nashua Pride to the league championship. He has taken nine other teams to the league's post-season and has made five more trips to the championship series. No team has had a losing record in either half of the season since Hobson returned to the Atlantic League with Southern Maryland in 2008. Four times, he has garnered Atlantic League Manager of the Year honors.

With his success in Lancaster, Hobson begins the 2015 season with 1,729 regular season wins under his belt as a professional manager.

He currently resides in Bakersfield, CA with his wife, Kristine and youngest daughter, Olivia. One of Hobson's seven children, K.C., is a prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Rich Rundles
Pitching Coach

Rich Rundles began to make the change late in the 2013 season. With his surgically repaired knee beginning to become a problem again and a strong desire to remain in the game of baseball, Rundles had the opportunity to jump into the role of pitching coach on an interim basis.  His work, albeit on a short-term basis, was a success, and the Tennessee-born lefty was ready for the full conversion to the coaching staff.

Rundles, now 33, reached the Major Leagues for eight appearances with the Cleveland Indians, his fifth organization, in 2008 and returned for one more outing in 2009.  In six total Major League innings, the southpaw allowed only one run.  Following his time with the Indians, Rundles headed to the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  In his two seasons with Class AAA Memphis, Rundles posted an 8-4 record in 91 appearances with a 2.73 ERA.

In his first stint with the Barnstormers, Rundles went 2-1 and posted a 3.02 ERA over eight starts with in 2012 before being signed by the Baltimore Orioles.  Rundles however injured his knee in his fourth appearance with the Class AAA Norfolk Tides and was shelved for the remainder of that season.

One year later, the southpaw returned to Lancaster and earned Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month honors for July, going 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA in five starts and throwing 25 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.  A recurrence of the knee ailment hampered his performance later in the season and ultimately pushed him to hang up his cleats.

Under Rundles' tutelage, the Barnstormers pitching staff pieced together a 3.12 ERA during the second half of the 2014 season, his first in a coaching role. That ERA dropped to 2.69 for Lancaster's trip through the playoffs en route to the club's second championship.

Rundles resides in the Knoxville, TN area with his wife and two children. His father, the long-time head baseball coach at Carson-Newman, now serves as the head coach at West Alabama in the D-II Gulf South Conference.

D.J. Boston
Hitting Coach

D.J. Boston is Lancaster's new hitting coach for the 2014, replacing Stan Cliburn, who has headed to Southern Maryland.

Boston, 43, played in the Atlantic League from 1998-2005. The first six of those seasons were spent with the Nashua Pride, four of those campaigns spent with Butch Hobson. During Hobson's first season at the Pride helm, Boston had the best season of his career. The Cincinnati native batted .273 that year while cranking 26 homers and driving in 106 runs, helping to lead the Pride to its only Atlantic League title.

The 6'7" first baseman finished his time as a player in the Atlantic League with Bridgeport in 2004 and 2005. In his eight seasons in the league, Boston hit .272 with 83 homers and 376 RBI in 631 games.

Boston signed originally with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1991 and had a stellar season in 1993 with Class A Hagerstown finishing in the top five in that league in both batting (.319) and RBI (93) while also stealing 31 bases. By 1996, he reached Class AAA Syracuse for a portion of the season.

From there, he played in the Oakland and Colorado systems. Boston also spent a large share of the 2001 season in the Mexican League, batting .244 with nine homers for Campeche and Cancun.

He returned to the Atlantic League in 2007 as the hitting coach for the Road Warriors under manager Jeff Scott. After that, Boston worked for three seasons as a hitting instructor in the Houston Astros' organization and two more years with the Atlanta Braves' system.

The Barnstormers new hitting coach is the younger brother of former big league outfielder, Daryl Boston.

Joel A. Horning, M.D.
OAL Lead Physician

Dr. Horning specializes in sports injuries, including arthroscopic surgeries. He is fellowship trained in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and works as the OAL team physician for the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team.

Undergraduate Education:
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Graduate School: Drexel University, M.S. Chemical Engineering
Medical School:  Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency:  Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
Fellowship:  Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Licenses:  Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Practice:  Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, Ltd. 2013
Hospital/Surgical Privileges:  North Pointe Surgery Center, Lancaster General Hospital
Board Eligible:  American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Ashley Wenger, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer

Job Title: Athletic Trainer for the Lancaster Barnstormers, Athletic Trainer for Spooky Nook Sports Complex

Undergraduate Education: Bachelors of Science: Athletic Training, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Societies: National Athletic Trainers' Association, Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association, Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society, Lancaster-Lebanon Athletic Trainers' Association

Certifications: Board of Certification

Licenses: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Dr. Patrick J Moreno, MD
LGH Team Physician

Specialties: Family Medicine
Area of Expertise: Sports Medicine

Bachelor's degree in biology: Wheaton College
Medical degree: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Residency in Family Medicine: Lancaster General Health
Fellowship in Sports Medicine: Crozer-Keystone Health System