For Evan Stackpole ’14, it was always a dream to work in baseball operations for a Major League Baseball team. He has taken one more step down that path with his recent promotion as Video Coordinator & Analyst with the Houston Astros.
In his new position, Stackpole travels with the team during spring training and the regular season, recording every game for the organization. With video analysis becoming an increasingly critical piece of the game, Stackpole interacts with people from all ranks of the Astros organization.
“I help the coaches, players and front office with their video needs,” said Stackpole. “I also assist the Baseball Operations department in the offseason.”
Stackpole received his first opportunity to work with the Astros as a baseball operations intern in 2011. He later performed a second internship with the Astros where he focused on video scouting, which helped him land an apprenticeship with the Astros after graduating from Rice University in 2014.
“My experience with the Astros has been terrific, and I have been enjoying my job immensely so far,” said Stackpole. “Everyday I go to Minute Maid Park excited to go to work.”
Stackpole, a Sport Management and Statistics double major, spent much of his time at Rice pursuing his dream of working for a Major League Baseball team. In addition to his initial internship with the Astros in 2011 and post-graduation apprenticeship, Stackpole also conducted baseball statistics research with the Department of Statistics at Rice in 2012.
“Thanks to the Rice Sport Management Department, I was able to make connections in the sports industry and obtain my first internships in sports,” said Stackpole. “The department helped me get to where I am today.”
Justin Wolin, a senior from Germantown, Maryland, is majoring in Sport Management and Economics and minoring in Business.