INSTRUCTORs

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

Paul guillie

NCAA Experience: 24 Years

Hometown: New Orleans, LA

Guillie, a native of New Orleans, LA., is responsible for recruiting, training, scheduling and evaluating umpires of four collegiate conferences. Guillie umpired in the SEC 24 seasons, and was selected to work conference tournaments on over 20 occasions. He is also a veteran of the NCAA postseason, having worked 19 Regionals and 14 Super Regionals. Additionally, he was selected to serve as an umpire in the College World Series on 4 occasions. His leadership, experience on-field, and his work with Video Training along with his wealth of knowledge in the 3-Umpire system will help all students who attend UPC exponentially.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

Jeff Head

Current Level: NCAA (Division I)

MiLB Service Time: 10 Years

Hometown: Hoover, AL

Graduate of the Wendelstedt Umpire School. Jeff worked 10 seasons of Minor League Baseball reaching AAA, including the Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional. He currently works on the SEC and ACC Conference Staff. Has also worked the College World Series 3 times (2011, 2014, 2017), and works in the MLB Partner League American Association. Joined the UPC Staff in 2020. His knowledge of the 3-umpire system and experience in MiLB will assist students during their time at UPC.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

CLINT FAGAN

Current Level: NCAA Division I

MLB/MiLB Service Time: 13

Hometown: Georgetown, TX

Clint joined MiLB Umpire Development in 2018 to observe, instruct and evaluate Minor League Baseball umpires. Prior to joining Minor League Baseball Umpire Development in 2018, he umpired the World Baseball Classic, Pacific Coast League, International League, Texas League, Eastern League, Florida State League, Hawaiian League, Midwest League, Pioneer League, Venezuelan Winter League, Colombian Winter League, Arizona Fall League, Florida and Arizona Instructional Leagues. He also umpired part time in the Major Leagues during his eight years at the Triple-A level, working 522 games. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Fagan resides in Georgetown, Texas with his wife, Paige, his daughter, Addison, and son, Hudson.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

MARCUS PATTILLO

Current Level: NCAA Division I

MLB/MiLB Service Time: 8 Years

Hometown: Jonesboro, AR

Marcus began his minor league umpiring career in the Gulf Coast League in 2008. Reached the AAA level within four years, working the 2012 season in the International League, as well as the Pacific Coast League in 2013. By 2014, he was added to the MLB staff as a call-up umpire. He also worked games at the MLB level in 2015, including the 2015 Premier 12 Bronze Medal game. Currently umpires at the NCAA Division I level on the Southeastern Conference staff.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

Seth buckminster

Current Level: NCAA Division I

MLB/MiLB Service Time: 10 Years

Hometown: Stillwater, OK 

Began his professional umpiring career in 2006. Worked 8 seasons in MiLB before making his MLB debut on April 8, 2014. Worked the 2015 Premiere 12 in Japan and Taiwan. Named to the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game crew in Charlotte that season, where he worked in the Pacific Coast League.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

MATT BROWN

Current Level: (Triple-A) 

MiLB Service Time: 8 Years

Hometown: Conway, SC

A 2016 graduate of the MiLB Umpire Academy, Brown recently completed his seventh year as a Minor League Baseball umpire. Matt's experience gives students insight on what it takes to become a professional umpire. Matt has umpired in Florida Extended Spring Training, Appalachian, Florida and Arizona Instructional League, and the South Atlantic League, Carolina League, and currently Triple-A. Has also worked the Appalachian and South Atlantic League Championship Series, and South Atlantic League All Star Game, Carolina League Championship Series, and Triple-A National Championship Game. In addition to his professional umpire experience, Matt attended the University of South Carolina, studying exercise science. Matt is a native of Conway, SC, where he currently resides. Welcome to the Umpire Placement Course Matt!

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

Michael carroll

Current Level: (Double-A) Texas League

MiLB Service Time: 8 Years

Hometown: Conroe, TX

Graduated from the MiLB Umpire Training Academy in 2014. Has worked the Arizona League (2014), Pioneer League (2015), South Atlantic League (2016), Florida State League (2017-18), and Texas League (2019). In addition to his professional experience, Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University. Mike currently resides in Conroe, TX with his wife Mariah.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

ben engstrand

Current Level: (Double-A) Texas League

MiLB Service Time: 5 Years

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Graduated from the Wendelstedt Umpire School in 2018. Also is on staff as an instructor at Wendelstedt Umpire School. Ben has worked the Arizona League (2018) and the New York - Penn League (2018), South Atlantic League (2019), and High-A Central (2021), and Double-A Texas League (2022). After his first season in Minor League Baseball, Ben was selected to work the Instructional League in Fort Myers, FL. Ben has instructed at multiple umpire clinics around the country including the Mid-American Clinic in Springfield, MO and the PSOA Clinic in Omaha, NE. Ben graduated with an Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also has his MBA through Northwest Missouri State University. In the off-season he works as a High School Substitute Teacher in West Des Moines, IA. Through Ben's experience and passion for umpiring, students will not only leave with a heightened ability to umpire but also a renewed passion for umpiring. 

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

Jacob McConnell

Current Level: (High-A) South Atlantic League

MiLB Service Time: 4 Years

Hometown: Gainesville, GA

Jacob is a 2019 graduate of the MiLB Umpire Training Academy. He started his Minor League career in the Gulf Coast League (Rookie) during the 2019 season. In the 2021 season, he was promoted to the Carolina League (Low-A) and then promoted to the South Atlantic League (High-A) for the 2022 season. He finished the 2022 season working in the Southern League (Double-A). Jacob started his professional umpiring career working for the American Association in 2018 and worked for the league again in 2020.  He graduated from Gardner-Webb University with Bachelors's and Master's degrees in Accounting. In the off-season, he works at BatesCarter, an accounting firm in Gainesville, GA, and officiates high school football. Jacob is a part of GHSA Umpire Development, where he helps evaluate high school umpires and run GHSA umpire camps. Jacob currently lives in Gainesville, GA.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

BRANDON TIPTON

Current Level: (Low-A) California League

MiLB Service Time: 3 Years

Hometown: Katy, TX

Brandon is a 2020 graduate of the MiLB Umpire Training Academy, and was assigned to the Arizona League in his first season of professional baseball. He currently works NCAA Division II and III, NAIA, and Junior College baseball. Brandon graduated college in 2019 with a bachelors in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston-Victoria. He currently resides in Katy, Texas.

43104994_320962952024634_3114750565557469184_n.png

DAVID SABALL

Current Level: (Rookie) Arizona League

MiLB Service Time: 1 Years

Hometown: Anthem, AZ

David is a 2022 graduate of Wendelstedt Umpire School, and was assigned to the Arizona League in his first season of Minor League Baseball. He previously umpired in the Northwoods League (2020), and American Association (2021). In the off-season, David works as a substitute teacher in Phoenix, AZ, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in education. He currently resides in Anthem, AZ.