About Us

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Rick Clark

Co-Owner

Rick is from Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University in 1981.   He started his career at CNN and worked for multiple radio and television stations over the years as an on-air sports anchor.

In 1988, he founded Solar Shield, Inc. and was President for 14 years. Solar Shield manufactured insulation products domestically and internationally. Some of the company’s retail clients include Home Depot and Lowe’s. Rick developed a new product called Solar Board that was sold through Louisiana-Pacific and International Paper’s clients.  Current revenues of this product line exceed $1B per year.

Rick is currently Chairman of the Board for Merchandising Solutions Group.  MSG is a nationwide company with a labor force of more than 30,000 people that provides

in-store merchandising services and resets in retail store locations.  MSG has executed work in most of the retail chains throughout the U.S.

Rick is also the owner of RCC Asset Holdings, LLC, which own The Gainesville Braves and Southern Epicurean.  The company also oversees its financial portfolios in stocks and real estate investments.

The Gainesville Braves is a development league that is a component and partially funded by MLB. The team plays in the Sun Belt Baseball League, which consists of the top collegiate players in the country. The team plays in Gainesville, GA.

Southern Epicurean is a food truck company that caters for weddings, corporate events, festivals, etc.  Southern Epicurean services the metro Atlanta and North Georgia areas.

Rick has extensive experience in Corporate Partnerships, Operations Management, Manufacturing, Logistics, Buyer Relationships, Inventory Management, Sales Training and Management, New Business Development, and Marketing Management.

Micah Owings

Micah Owings

Co-owner/General Manager

Micah Owings was a 2-sport Athlete at Gainesville High School. Member of the final four teams in basketball his Junior (2001) and Senior (2002) season. Member of the 2001 and 2002 State Championships teams in baseball. Was the Georgia HS Player of the Year in 2002 and 1st Team High School All-American. Micah still holds the Georgia HS home run record, single season (25) & career (69). Drafted 2nd round (50th overall) by the Rockies in 2002, opted to go to Georgia Tech. All-American as Utility player two seasons at GT. Member of the 2003 Team USA Silver Medal team in the Pan Am Games. Drafted 17th round by the Chicago Cubs, but opted not to sign and transferred to Tulane University. 2005 Conference USA MVP and led Tulane to only it’s second College World Series appearance. 2005 All-American while at Tulane and finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the best college baseball player in the country. Drafted a third time, in 2005 the Arizona Diamondbacks selected Micah as their 3rd pick in the 3rd round. Member of the 2007 & 2011 NL West Division Champions, Arizona Diamondbacks. Silver Slugger award winner in 2007 while batting .333 with 4HR and 15RBI. Recognized in 2010 as the best Utility Player on the College All Decade Team for his three seasons (2003-2005). Member of the 2010 NL Central Champions, Cincinnati Reds. Inducted into the Tulane University Hall of Fame in 2014. Scouted for the Seattle Mariners in 2017. Coached MiLB for the Cincinnati Reds farm system in 2018 and was a member of the second half Champion Billings Mustangs. Inducted into the Gainesville High School Hall of Fame in 2018 and his number 25 baseball jersey is retired by GHS. Dean’s list all three years while at GT and Tulane. Micah has two amazing parents, two brothers, two sisters, 9 nephews, one niece, two brother-in-laws, and one sister-in-law.

Nelson Ward

Nelson Ward

Assistant Coach

Former Bulldog infielder Nelson Ward recently completed his second season as a student assistant coach following a six-year playing career in professional baseball.
 
Ward assists Brock Bennett with the infielders.
 
A three-year starting infielder for Georgia from 2012-14, Ward played in 149 games and posted a career .301 batting average, 21 doubles, seven triples and 66 RBI. A native of Marietta and product of Lassiter High School, Ward started his first two seasons at second base for Georgia. He set a school record for highest fielding percentage by a second baseman, posting a .987 mark in 2013 with only three errors in 239 total chances. He served as the Bulldog shortstop and co-captain in 2014. Ward helped Georgia advance to the Southeastern Conference Tournament in each of his three seasons. He hit .306 with a team-best 34 runs scored, 33 RBI and 10 stolen bases as a junior.
 
A 12th round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2014, he enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 with Bakersfield in the California League, batting .282 with 12 doubles, six triples, seven home runs and 39 RBI. However, in November of that year, the Mariners included him in a trade to San Diego for pitcher Joaquin Benoit. Ward played the next two years in Double-A with San Antonio and then Arkansas in the Texas League before electing free agency.

After spending two years playing in the Independent Leagues, Ward opted to return to Georgia to finish his degree. In 2021, he earned a degree in human development and family science.
 
Ward is married to the former Emily Quam of Denton, Texas. She is a teacher in the Clarke County School system.

 

Sam Carpenter

Sam Carpenter

Assistant Coach

Sam Carpenter was an All State Baseball Player at Gainesville High School in 2016. At Piedmont University, Sam was 3x All South Conference First Team, 3x All South Region and an All American Pitcher.

Cris Carpenter

Cris Carpenter

Assistant Coach

Cris was the 14th pick in the 1987 Major League Baseball Draft by the St Louis Cardinals and had an 8-year MLB career with the Cardinals, Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers. He was the pitching coach for three State Championship Baseball Teams at Gainesville High School in 1998, 2001 and 2002. In 2016, He was named a SEC Baseball Legend. Cris was a 3-Sport Athlete at Gainesville High School and the Georgia Athlete of the Year in 1984. At the University of Georgia, Cris was an All-American Punter and Pitcher, and helped lead UGA to its first College World Series appearance in 1987.

Jim Owings

Jim Owings

Team Psychologist

Played football (wide receiver) and ran track (sprinter) at Georgia Tech. Served as co-captain for both teams.