Dell Diamond is located at 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665. The ticket office, administrative office and Railyard Team Store are located on the first base side of Dell Diamond, across from the United Heritage Center.
To reach our administrative office, please call 512-255-2255 or email [email protected]. To reach the ticket office, please call 512-255-2255 ext. 1 or email [email protected]. To provide general feedback to the Round Rock Express, please email [email protected].
Chris Almendarez has served as the President of the Round Rock Express since October 2015. Prior to that, he was General Manager for two seasons and Assistant General Manager/Senior Vice President for one season. He joined the Express as a Senior Account Executive in October 2009.
As President, Almendarez oversees all business-related aspects of the club while serving as the team's liaison for Pacific Coast League matters. He also works closely with ownership to expand the Express' footprint in the Central Texas community and maintain the club's highly-respected standing in the baseball industry.
Chris was named the Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year in 2016 and during his leadership, the franchise was awarded Minor League Baseball's John Henry Moss Community Service Award as well as Baseball America's Bob Freitas Triple-A Organization of the Year Award. While Chris was honored to be named Executive of the Year, he is most proud of the work his staff has done to capture both the John Henry Moss and Bob Freitas Awards in 2016.
When he joined the team, Chris brought both pharmaceutical sales and entrepreneurial business experience with him. He was a Professional Sales Consultant for SkinMedica Pharmaceuticals. Before that, Chris was the Sales Manager for KEY Enterprises, a sports construction company. His earlier experience includes various positions with Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Team Sports Incorporated.
Active in his Alumni Association, Chris attended the University of Houston on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1996 with a BA in Mass Communications. He participates in the annual University of Houston baseball alumni game. Prior to his time at Houston, Chris played baseball for two years on scholarship at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. He also served as the Student Body President during his time at HJC.
In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling, playing golf and spending time with his fiancé, Lindsay. They love being outdoors with their dogs Oreo and Maggie Mae. Chris' oldest son, Chase, serves as the head baseball coach for Huston-Tillotson University in Austin and his youngest son, Luke, attends the University of Houston.
Walk-up song: Thunder - Imagine Dragons
Tim Jackson serves as the Express’ General Manager and oversees all day-to-day business and baseball operations related to the organization. He also works closely with the team President on all Express sales efforts.
A native of Cedar Hill, Texas, Jackson joined the Express staff in March 2010 and served as the Assistant Director of Communications and Baseball Operations for three seasons before receiving promotions to Director of Community Relations in 2013 and Assistant General Manager, Baseball Operations in 2014. Jackson has served as the team’s General Manager since 2015.
Prior to his tenure in Round Rock, Jackson served as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Baylor Baseball program in Waco, Texas, while earning his Master of Science degree in sport administration.
Prior to joining Baylor's staff, Jackson played two seasons for the Bears. A 2007 team co-captain, Jackson was named second-team CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District VI as a senior. He also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2007 and was named to the Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll five times. Jackson earned his undergraduate degree (communications) from Baylor in August 2008.
Jackson also played two seasons at McLennan Community College in Waco (2004-05), where he was named a 2005 Academic All-American.
Jackson is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Sports Commission. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Baylor “B” Association and currently serves as a mentor in the Baylor University Athletics Mentor Program. Jackson was also named a finalist for the Austin Under Forty Awards in 2016.
Jackson resides in Round Rock with his wife, Patty, and their two daughters: Emma and Audrey.
Walk-up song: Bad To the Bone - George Thorogood
If you’ve ever ventured into the Round Rock Express offices, you have most likely had a conversation with Wendy Abrahamsen. She’s been greeting folks since May 1999 and has been a critical component to the Express since the inception of the franchise.
She has been blessed with three wonderful children, Brian Gordon, Jennifer Gordon Alfaro & Scott Gordon. All three of them are happily married to beautiful spouses. She has 6 precious grandchildren.
Brian and Amanda have two children, Finley and Riggs. After playing professional baseball for 18 seasons, Brian is now a scout for the Los Angeles Angels. Jenny & Luis (Kiki) also have two children, LeAnna and Lena. Jenny is a very passionate and enthusiastic health coach. Scott & Miranda have Grayson and Elizabeth. After playing four years of college baseball at Concordia, Scott is now a chief at the fire department and a realtor.
Wendy has lived in Round Rock and the surrounding area for about 35 years.
Walk-up song: Jesus Loves Me
Stu Scally began with the Express in November 2012 and was elevated to his current role as Assistant General Manager, Sales in 2019. Scally has played an integral role in planning and executing events such as the Rogue Invitational, Bulls in the Ballpark and the Karbach Round Rock Classic.
Scally comes to the Express after starting his career in baseball with the Sacramento River Cats in 2011 as a Corporate Account Executive. He graduated from University of California San Diego with a bachelor's in History and a minor in Political Science. While in college, Scally appeared in one intramural college softball game where he went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and one ejection. He still holds the record for least number of games played with an ejection in UCSD intramural history.
Scally was born and raised in Napa, California. He and his wife, Elyse, have one child, Margo. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, golfing and rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and the Golden State Warriors.
Walk-up song: Sky is the Limit - Rebelution
Scott Allen, or better known as “Bones,” has been with the Express since the franchise’s inception in 1999 and he has played an integral role in the growth and development of the 5,400 square foot event space along the first base line at Dell Diamond known as The United Heritage Center.
The UHC can be converted from three private suites into a space accommodating up to 320 people in a banquet-style arrangement or a 500-person theater-style setting. Allen and his team are always ready to change the space throughout the year to accommodate events for members of the Round Rock community.
Before joining the Express, Allen grew up in Alvin, Texas and went to nearby Alvin High School. He stayed in the Lone Star State and attended Texas A&M University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Tourism.
Bones loves watching Texas A&M football, going camping, hiking or biking and volunteering at Central Baptist Church. He can also be found on the weekends spending time with his wife, Holly, and children, Megan, Abby and Tucker.
Walk-up song: Only the Young - Journey
Aschley Carvalho joined the Express in February 2013. Before she was named Director, Ticket Operations, Carvalho served as a Ticket Operations Intern, Coordinator of Season Memberships & Suite Services and Manager, Ticket Operations.
Carvalho grew up in Austin and attended nearby Bowie High School before attending Texas State University. She earned a bachelor’s in Mathematics and a minor in Sports Psychology.
Walk-up song: The Business - Tiesto
Oscar Rodriguez was promoted to Director of Sales with the Round Rock Express in 2022. He began with the E-Train in 2016. His previous roles include Account Executive, Manager of Season Memberships and Service, as well as Senior Account Executive. He is the unofficial Mayor of Dell Diamond, knowing most Express fans by first name.
Rodriguez led the charge for the 2022 Copa De La Diversión, a season-long event series specifically designed to embrace the culture and values that resonate most with minor league teams’ Hispanic/Latino communities. Thanks to Rodriguez’s leadership, the Express transformed into the [Round Rock Chupacabras](https://www.milb.com/round-rock/fans/copa#:~:text=An alleged urban legend%2C chupacabras,superhuman ability to avoid capture.) and helped raise over $2,700 benefiting Latinos in Round Rock. The three games also saw a 38% increase in attendance from the previous season.
Although he was born in the Bronx, New York, his family is originally from San Pedro, Dominican Republic. Rodriguez split time growing up in Brooklyn, New York; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Miami, Florida. After high school in Miami, he went back to the Dominican Republic to focus on baseball and spend time with the Washington Nationals organization. Following his time with the Nationals, he played second base at Western Nebraska Community College for two years before transferring to Huston-Tillotson University to play baseball. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 with a degree in Marketing.
Since 2018, Rodriguez has been the interpreter for Baseball America’s, “Prospect Pad,” a segment dedicated to highlight the top MLB prospects at All-Star Week’s Futures Game. Oscar also served on the Round Rock Chamber Board of Directors in 2019 and continues to play an active role with the chamber by attending meetings, voting and spending time in the community as an ambassador.
When not at Dell Diamond, Rodriguez enjoys watching, coaching and playing baseball. He is a massive New York Mets fan and enjoys working out, dancing, going to church and reading books on philosophy, sport biographies and finance. Oscar’s mother, Betania, and sister, Star, also live in Texas while his sister, Karina, still lives in the Dominican Republic. Oscar is the proud owner of a boxer/pit mix named Alfa.
Walk-up song: Party - Bad Bunny & Rauw Alejandro
Paul Ponzio joined the Round Rock Express in February 2022 as Manager, Home Run Dugout. Home Run Dugout is a baseball/softball themed entertainment venue that features two state-of-the-art batting bays equipped with proprietary ground-up, soft-toss pitching machines. Guests compete in fun, social games tailored to all skill levels.
Ponzio is a native of Bryan, Texas just outside College Station and attended Rudder High School. He went to college at Texas State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Innovation.
Outside of work, he enjoys cheering on the Houston Texans and Los Angeles Clippers.
Walk-up song: Over – Drake
Connor Truitt was named a Senior Account Executive in January 2023. He joined the Round Rock Express staff as an Account Executive in February 2020.
The Rochester, N.Y. native attended Finger Lakes Community College for three years before attending SUNY Brockport. At SUNY, Truitt earned a bachelor’s in Sports Management with a minor in Coaching. He went on to receive a master’s in Business Administration from D’Youville College. He also played collegiate baseball for three seasons.
Truitt got his start working in baseball as a Group Sales and Promotions Intern for the Rochester Red Wings in 2017.
Outside of work, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family, making trades in the Round Rock Express fantasy football league and watching the Yankees, Patriots and LSU Football.
Walk-up song: Low Life – Future featuring The Weekend
John Watts began with the Express as an Account Executive in January 2022 and was elevated to Senior Account Executive in January 2023.
Watts comes to Round Rock after he was a Corporate Sales Manager for the Sacramento River Cats. He made his Pacific Coast League debut in 2010 with Sacramento.
Prior to Sacramento, Watts was named a Senior Account Executive with the Stockton Ports. His career in baseball began with the Fresno Grizzlies as an Inside Sales Representative before he became an Account Executive.
He grew up in La Crescenta, California located only 30 minutes north of Los Angeles. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two kids, Mason and Harlie, while also watching the Lakers and Dodgers. If he’s not at Dell Diamond, you can find him outdoors or poolside.
Walk-up song: Feel So Good - Mase
Anthony Pollo was named an Account Executive for the Express in November 2021.
He comes to the E-Train after he was a Personal Ticket Consultant for NASCAR. He also has experience working in professional soccer as he was a Sales Associate for the LA Galaxy and the Ontario Fury.
Pollo grew up in Upland, California located only 45 minutes east of Los Angeles. In his free time, you can find him playing soccer in the Austin Sports & Soccer league and volunteering for the Nolan Ryan Foundation. If he’s not running on the Brushy Creek Trail, he’s spending time watching the New York Yankees.
Walk-up song: Party Up - DMX
Casey Schneider joined the Round Rock Express staff as an Account Executive in September 2022.
Schneider is a Round Rock native and went to nearby Round Rock High School before attending Texas State University. She earned her bachelor’s in Exercise and Sports Science – Pre-Rehabilitation in 2022.
Walk-up song: Something in the Orange – Zach Bryan
Heaven Walker began with the Express as an Account Executive in June 2022.
Walker came to the Express after spending time as a Technical Sales Representative for Dell Technologies where she delivered technical solutions to customers with the sales team.
Walker earned her bachelor’s in Communication from Concordia University - Texas where she was also a member of the women’s basketball team from 2016-2018. During her time at Concordia, Walker spent time as a Membership Sales Representative for Perspire; an infrared sauna studio.
She also worked as an Event Sales intern in Plano, Texas for CaptainU; a sports recruiting platform. She assisted and educated coaches about CaptainU at sponsored sporting events.
Walker grew up in Brownwood, Texas and went to Brownwood High School. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, Angel, playing basketball, watching the San Antonio Spurs or getting tacos and enjoying quality time with friends and family. Walker is a first-generation college graduate.
Walk-up song: Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N' Roses
Garrett Smith was named Specialist, Ticket Operations in January 2022 and owns the title of “Friendliest Person on the Planet” since he began as an intern with the Express in 2021.
While Smith was born in Camas, WA, just outside of Portland, he grew up in nearby Leander, where he graduated from Rouse High School before attending the University of Texas – Austin. Smith earned his bachelor’s in Sport Management. While he was a Longhorn, Smith was a manager for the women’s soccer team from 2019-2020.
When not at Dell Diamond, Smith enjoys cheering on the Portland Timbers, Portland Trail Blazers, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Bears. He hopes to visit all 30 MLB ballparks someday and has already been to seven. He also seen the television show Arrested Development seven times through.
Walk-up song: In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
Laura Fragoso started with the Round Rock Express as an intern in 2001 and has risen to Senior Vice President, Marketing while earning numerous accolades along the way. In 2011, she was a finalist for the Rawlings Pacific Coast League Woman Executive of the Year Award, and in 2017, she was a Women of the Rock Honoree.
Her work includes planning and executing all marketing, branding and promotional events and strategies for the Express and Dell Diamond.
Fragoso has been a mainstay in the Round Rock community since she moved to Central Texas. Her work includes time on the Round Rock Serving Center Board of Directors since 2018. She also spent time on the Board of Directors for the Hope Alliance; a non-profit dedicated to helping families affected by domestic and sexual violence. She has played an integral role on the Nolan Ryan Foundation Board of Director’s since 2019 and also works with a sports marketing graduate class each year at the University of Texas.
Fragoso was born and raised in Dothan, Alabama, known as the Peanut Capital of the World. She went on to attend the University of Alabama and earned her bachelor’s in Public Relations with a minor in General Business.
When not at Dell Diamond, Fragoso can be found watching her son play soccer, creating art with her daughter, heading out on country drives with her husband, cheering on the Crimson Tide or walking with her family’s rescue dog, Lucky. She is also the unofficial Vice President of the Round Rock Express Finer Things Club.
Walk-up song: Try Everything - Shakira
Fans can find the latest and greatest Round Rock Express gear in the Railyard Team Store and Joe Belger is the man who runs the show. Belger began with the Express in November 2015.
Belger brought eight years of retail experience to Round Rock and numerous accolades along the way. He spent one year as the Retail Manager for America’s Cup flagship store. Prior to that, he spent five years as the Retail Operations Manager for University of California Berkeley Athletics, along with the Golden State Warriors.
As the Warriors began an incredible run of NBA titles on the court, some would say Belger kicked off the dynasty. The Warriors Team Store earned NBA Retailer of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
Belger worked two years as the Specialty Retail Operations Manager for the San Francisco 49ers and helped the team earn NFL Retailer of the Year during the 2014-2015 season. He also spent time on the Super Bowl 50 committee that took place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The Alameda, California native went on to earn his bachelor’s in Business Administration from Monterey Peninsula College where he played baseball for two seasons. Belger has two kids, Jolee and Beau, with his wife, Brenley. In his free time he enjoys fishing, hunting and making the coolest hat designs in MiLB.
Walk-up song: The Ride - David Allan Coe
Mary Conley Thompson was named the Director, Nolan Ryan Foundation in October 2022. Before being named Director, Thompson served as the Manager, Nolan Ryan Foundation and as the Community Outreach Coordinator.
Thompson is a born and bred Texan and grew up in Waco where she went to Midway High School. She earned her bachelor's in Corporate Communication with a minor in Nonprofit Marketing from Baylor University and her master’s in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication from the University of Alabama.
She led a successful Nolan Ryan Foundation Dinner & Golf Tournament in 2022 that raised over $300,000 and included special guest, Joe Torre. Thompson is an Advisor for the Theta Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega at Baylor University. She also spends time working on the McNeil High School Business Advisory.
Thompson finished her first half marathon in January and in her spare time she enjoys watching Baylor Baseball games where her father, Mitch, is the Head Baseball Coach.
Walk-up song: Safari Song – Greta Van Fleet
Mike Capps is the original voice of the Round Rock Express and broadcasted his 3,000th game in April 2022.
From junior college player to CNN correspondent and back to baseball, “Cappy” considers himself the most fortunate baseball broadcaster alive. After surviving treks overseas during the original Gulf War, to Haiti and a bloody overthrow of a dictator, to the fiery end of the Branch Davidian Siege which earned a National Emmy Nomination for his live, ten-hour-long broadcast, Capps has seen it all.
He earned the George F. Peabody Award for his investigation as a producer over a three-year period that resulted in the downfall of the SMU football program.
In 1996, Capps published his first book “The Scout: Searching for the Best in Baseball.” He’d go on to author a second book in 2022 titled, “Grinders: Baseball’s Intrepid Infantry.”
With guidance from Bill Mercer, the original voice of the Texas Rangers, and from Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell, Capps began his baseball broadcasting career with the Express in 2000. Since then, he has earned major league fill-in work with ESPN Radio, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. He was named the 2009 Ballpark Digest Baseball Broadcaster of the Year.
When not traveling around the Pacific Coast League, Capps can be found spending time with his wife Karen, three daughters, a son, daughter-in-law, seven grandchildren and his four-legged friend, “Archie.”
Rylan Kobre was named the Manager, Public Relations and Communications in May 2022.
Kobre comes to Round Rock after serving as the Director of Athletic Communications and Broadcasting at Trinity Christian College and Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Prior to his brief stint in college athletics, he served as the Radio Broadcaster & Media Relations Coordinator for the Augusta GreenJackets during the 2019 and 2021 seasons. He held the same title with the Boise Hawks in 2018.
He began his career in baseball in 2017 when he was the Radio Broadcaster & Media Relations Intern for the Kenosha Kingfish in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
In 2018, he graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s in Communications & Media Studies and earned his master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University in 2021.
He was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California located an hour north of San Francisco. When he’s not at Dell Diamond, he enjoys playing golf, strolling around Austin, watching the Golden State Warriors or cheering on Boise State athletics.
Walk-up song: Baba O’ Riley – The Who
Aubrey Painter was named the Manager, Communications & Travel in January 2023. Previously, she was the Coordinator, Communications & Travel starting in January 2022. She originally joined the Express in April 2021 as the Assistant, Public Relations and Communications.
Painter grew up in Apex, North Carolina just outside of Raleigh before attending the University of Alabama, where she earned her bachelor’s in Journalism with a minor in General Business and Sports Information. While at Alabama, Painter was part of the Football and Admissions Student Recruitment Team for four years. She also served as the Vice President of the prestigious Elliott Society, a community service-based, university-wide honorary dedicated to social justice.
After graduating in 2019, Painter was a Media Relations Intern for USA Baseball before joining Southern Methodist University Athletics as a Public Relations Assistant.
Even though she graduated from Alabama, she bleeds crimson, purple and gold as she grew up a die-hard LSU fan. In her free time, she enjoys watching the New Orleans Saints and Houston Astros and hanging out with her husband, Chris, and dog, River.
Walk-up song: Good Die Young - Koe Wetzel
Emily Rutherford was named Coordinator, Promotions and Activations in March 2022 and was promoted to Manager, Client Services & Promotions in January 2023.
Before joining the Express, Rutherford served as the Sponsorship Activation Manager at the University of San Francisco. Before her time at USF, she was a Photographer for Blink Inc. and was the Director of Special Events and Marketing for the Napa Silverados Baseball Club.
Rutherford grew up in San Rafael, California, just outside of San Francisco and attended nearby Sonoma State University where she graduated with a bachelor’s in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography. Rutherford went on to earn her master’s in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco.
In her free time, she enjoys finding new running trails in Austin and developing film.
Walk-up song: Photograph – Nickelback
Reilly Low began as an intern with the Express in April 2022 before being named the Coordinator, Digital Marketing & Community Relations in January 2023.
Before coming to Round Rock, Low spent one year as a Partnership Assistant for Texas State Sports Properties. She graduated from Texas State University in May 2022 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Mass Communications, Sports Media. While at Texas State, Low spent the 2021 summer as an intern for the Victoria Generals Baseball Club.
From 2019-2021, Low was the Assistant Sports Director and Reporter at KTSW-FM 89.9 where she earned “Rookie of the Fall,” for her work in the sports department during her first semester.
Low grew up in Port Lavaca, Texas and quickly became a Houston Astros fan. She enjoys watching college football, reading and finding new adventures in the greater Round Rock and Austin area.
Walk-up song: What Dreams are Made of – Hillary Duff
Annalicia Lugo was named the Coordinator, Game Entertainment & Promotions in January 2023.
Lugo comes to Round Rock after working for four seasons with the Sacramento River Cats as the Production and Entertainment Assistant. She started her time in Sacramento by working as a camera operator and serving in other roles throughout the River Cats control room.
Prior to working in Sacramento, Lugo was a camera operator for Team USA Water Polo. She has spent time giving back to her community by volunteering to film for non-profits such as “4 Our Friends,” an organization that helps feed homeless pets in the Sacramento area.
Lugo received her bachelor's degree in Motion Pictures & Television – Producing, from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. Lugo grew up in Sacramento, California and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her six-year-old yorkie, Koa. She also enjoys rooting for the New England Patriots, Sacramento Kings, San Diego Wave and the United States Women’s National soccer team.
Walk-up song: Grand – Kane Brown
Jules McCormack was named the Coordinator, Nolan Ryan Foundation in October 2022. She served as the Intern, Nolan Ryan Foundation beginning in April 2022.
McCormack comes to Round Rock from Boston College where she was an Events Assistant for University Advancement. She also attended Boston College and earned her bachelor’s in Management with a minor in Philosophy in 2021. As a student at Boston College, McCormack was a Conference and Event Coordinator in the Office of Event Management for three years.
She grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts located only 35 miles north of Boston. In her free time, she enjoys attending spin classes, watching the sunrise at Mount Bonnell, trying new pizza places and rooting for the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins.
Walk-up song: Dancing Queen - ABBA
Colin Perry was named the Coordinator, Multimedia Marketing in October 2022. Perry has been with the Express since March 2020 and previously served as the Ballpark Entertainment Assistant.
He has served in a variety of sports media production roles throughout the Austin area before joining the Express. He has worked for the University of Texas, Texas Stars, Austin Bold, Nitro Circus and South-by-Southwest in freelance roles.
The Grand Prairie, Texas native attended South Grand Prairie High School and attended college at Texas Christian University where he earned his bachelor’s in Journalism. He went on to earn a master’s from the University of Florida in Sports Management.
While at TCU, Perry was a member of the TCU Marching Band. He enjoys comics, board games, playing Dungeons & Dragons and hiking or going to the movies with his wife, Sarah.
Walk-up song: First Date – blink-182
Lauren Powderly joined the Round Rock Express staff as a Graphic Designer in June 2022.
Powderly comes to Round Rock after graduating from Murray State University with a bachelor’s in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing. While in college, Powderly spent time as a graphic design intern for the St. Louis Blues.
She is a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri located only two hours south of St. Louis where she grew up rooting for the Blues, St. Louis Cardinals and Memphis Grizzlies. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, playing video games and the piano.
Walk-up song: Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
Lisa Martinez has been with the Express since 2005 helping fans find the perfect apparel inside the Railyard Team Store.
Martinez grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma and went on to attend Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma where she earned a bachelor’s in Computer Science and a minor in Marketing.
She has one child, Jesse, and one grandson, Abel.
Walk-up song: Beachin’ – Jake Owen
There isn’t a more beautiful playing surface in Triple-A baseball and Nick Rozdilski is the reason why.
Rozdilski has been in the sports turf management industry since 2005 and has been the Head Groundskeeper for the Express since 2016. During the offseason prior to the 2018 campaign, Dell Diamond served as the primary filming location for AMC’s hit television show Fear the Walking Dead. Rozdilski oversaw the transformation of Dell Diamond into the post-apocalyptic set in the fall, then led a complete rebuild of the playing surface and berms in less than three weeks following the end of the show’s production in early March 2018.
Prior to joining the Express, Rozdilski served as the Head Groundskeeper for the Corpus Christi Hooks for two years. During his time with the Hooks, he oversaw multiple renovations to the award-winning Whataburger Field, the largest being the complete replacement of the existing playing field.
Rozdilski was the Assistant Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles for seven years and oversaw both the installation and grow-in of a 100 percent sand-based field with four different blends of Kentucky Bluegrass. Additionally, he maintained a pristine playing field during the 2012 ALDS.
Before serving as Assistant Head Groundskeeper for the Orioles, Rozdilski served as the Assistant Head Groundskeeper for the Trenton Thunder. While there, he led the constant adjustment and repair of pitcher’s mounds and bullpen mounds to league regulations.
Rozdilski graduated from Delaware Valley College with a bachelor’s in Agronomy. He was part of the baseball team all four years for the Aggies.
Walk-up song: The Man – The Killers
Robbie Price was named Coordinator, Operations & Event Fulfillment in May 2022. Price spent the 2021 season as an Intern, Operations.
The Aledo, Texas native grew up in the Lone Star State and went to Aledo High School. He attended the University of Texas – Austin and earned his bachelor’s in Sport Management with a minor in Business and Sports Media.
While at Texas, Price worked as part of the University of Texas Grounds Crew in 2019. In 2020, Price took home the prestigious University of Texas Cornhole Intramural Championship. When he’s not at Dell Diamond, he can be found watching the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys and University of Texas athletics.
Walk-up song: Sicko Mode (Skrillex remix) – Skrillex, Travis Scott
Jackson Ryan was named Coordinator, Baseball Operations in January 2023.
Ryan joins the team after spending the 2022 season as an intern for the Kansas City Royals professional scouting department. The Houston, Texas native went to high school at Second Baptist School and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he played baseball for one season.
Ryan has been a mainstay on the radio with Express Director of Broadcasting, Mike Capps. He’s been providing color commentary for various home games at Dell Diamond since he was just eight years old. His favorite E-Train memories include writing up the lineup card for legendary Express Manager Jackie Moore and introducing his father, Reid, before his induction into the
Round Rock Express Hall of Fame in 2019. In his free time, Ryan enjoys hanging out with his family, watching the Dallas Cowboys and cheering on TCU athletics.
Walk-up song: Texas Kind of Way – Cody Johnson
Austin Rotramel was named Assistant, Facilities in November 2022.
Rotramel grew up in Murphy, Texas located just north of Dallas. He attended Plano East Senior High School where he starred on the baseball team. He went on to play baseball at Wiley College for four years and earned his bachelor’s in Biology. He was named the HBCU Small School National Pitcher of the Year in 2020.
He played one year at Grambling State University where he earned a master’s in Sports Administration.
When he’s not at Dell Diamond, Rotramel enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys, listening to music and eating Chinese food.
Walk-up song: Here I come – Barrington Levy