Rob Flippo begins his 12th season as the club's bullpen catcher and batting practice pitcher after spending the 2001 season with the organization's Single-A club in Wilmington. Flippo assisted the Waves' staff with player development in the bullpen, hitting drills and working with catchers. He participated in the 2011 and 2012 All-Star festivities as a batting practice pitcher for Matt Kemp in the Home Run Derby. He did the same in 2005 for Hee-Seop Choi. The 46-year-old Flippo served as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington from 1998- 2001, where he was a hitting instructor and outfield and catchers coach while also serving as strength and conditioning coordinator. He also coached at Fresno State University (1996) and the University of South Alabama (1998). He began his coaching career after a minor league playing career as a catcher with the Dodgers' Single-A affiliates in Bakersfield, CA and Yakima, WA in 1989-90. A native of Lodi, CA, Flippo graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1994, before earning a master's degree in physical education from the University of South Alabama (Mobile) in 1998 with an emphasis in exercise physiology. He attended San Joaquin Delta College (1986), where he was a two-year letterman and all-conference selection in 1986 ... at the University of Pacific (1986-89), he was a two-year letterman, served as team captain and was named Conference Scholar Athlete in 1987. Flippo and his wife of 15 years, Kelly, reside in Kingsburg, CA with their two children Brittony, 25, and Ryan, 12.