Tad Reida is baseball through and through. Since he was just five years old, the Kokomo, Ind., native has made a home on the diamond, playing in leagues and teams throughout middle and high school before joining two of the top summer travel teams in the country: the Indiana Bulls in 2002 and the Midland Redskins in 2003.A talented infielder, Reida was actually drafted right out of high school in 2003 by the Philadelphia Phillies, but chose to continue his playing career at the collegiate level with the Wichita State Shockers from 2003-2006, each year helping the team reach the NCAA tournament. His playing career was cut short, unfortunately, in 2006 following multiple injuries and surgeries. He went on to graduate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., in 2008 with a degree in sport management and a minor in business.
Reida began his coaching career that summer with his former travel team, the Indiana Bulls. In the fall of 2008, he relocated to Morgantown, W. Va., where he was hired as an assistant coach for the WVU Mountaineers. During his first season coaching, the team finished with a record of 37-18, third in the Big East and second in the country in team batting average (.360). One of his players, All-American shortstop Jedd Gyroko, won the Brooks Wallace Award as the “Top Shortstop in the Country” in 2010 and was the San Diego Padres’ second-round draft pick that same year.
Reida, who has also served as a coach at the United States Air Force Academy, has worked with many other players who have went on to play professionally as well, including Vince Belnome, who was drafted by the Padres in 2009.
Also in 2010, Reida founded CageRat Baseball, which worked with youth baseball players throughout the Midwest to reach their maximum potential both on the field and in the classroom.
Director of Baseball Operations
Greg Moviel has spent the better half of the past two decades dedicated to playing and coaching the game of baseball. Throughout that time, the sport led him to state championships while attending St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH where he was also honored as two-time player of the year for the state of Ohio, as well as winningest pitcher in the state’s high school history. His academic and athletic accomplishments positioned him to accept a Division I college scholarship to Vanderbilt University (15th Ranked Academic Institution in the United States) after bypassing an opportunity to play professionally with the Chicago White Sox. After three straight years on the SEC (Southeastern Conference) Academic Honor Roll and Vanderbilt University Dean’s List, Greg was able to achieve the ultimate baseball dream and signed professionally with the Seattle Mariners. Joining him in the professional ranks were his two brothers Scott (New York Mets), and Paul (Chicago White Sox/Tampa Bay Rays).
While professional baseball was certainly a key milestone in Greg’s life, it also made it challenging to accomplish other important goals, for example, to become the first person in his family to graduate from college and to build a formidable career in business. After graduating from Vanderbilt in 2008 and later retiring as a player from the game of baseball, Greg immediately began giving back to the sport in the form of a private instructor, head coach, and mentor to young athletes. Greg along with the help of his brothers and several former teammates started a company that provided pitching, fielding, hitting, strength & conditioning instruction to players ages 5-20. Additionally, he structured strength training and nutrition regiment programs for professional and novice athletes. The business was also contracted out to other teams and organizations for instruction and a wide range of coaching involvement.
Greg has shown the ability to network and secure professional athletes as instructors, initiate communications campaign to secure funding for future sites and baseball specific inventory, and track fiscal management, inventory, and team budgets. In addition, he effectively marketed and advertised the company to attract clients by acting as a personal advocate and enlisting community engagement. The business was born in Cleveland, OH and transitioned to Washington, DC and Austin, TX over the past ten years. Staying attentive to baseball/industry trends and relentless work ethic allowed the venture to flourish across regions and multiple generations of players.
One primary focus of Greg’s work has always been nurturing player development physically, mentally, and socially, in combination with advising family members on appropriate involvement and roles in their players’ athletic careers. Accepting special guest coaching roles at the University of Texas and Air Force Academy offer another source of supplementing Greg’s versatility within the game of baseball.
Without question, Greg attributes his success on and off the diamond to an invaluable upbringing from his parents Mark and Susan Moviel, who provided a crystal clear example of how to lead and make the absolute maximum out of what you are and are not given. Another source of inspiration and support comes from his wife Madeline Moviel. Madeline excelled at Yale University where she played Division I Basketball under her own mother (legendary 36 year veteran women’s basketball coach).
Throughout his academic and athletic careers Greg has separated himself from the pack through a relentless work ethic and impeccable planning. In combination, these attributes have allowed him to develop first-rate work in a fiercely competitive environment. While keenly self-motivated by nature he is able to function admirably in one on one as well as group/team settings through communicating constructively and actively listening. He has always been pleased to assume multiple roles in a group while taking the initiative to make things happen. Greg is excited to join CageRats Baseball and approach this new opportunity in the same manner that he approached academics, service and his athletic career—tenaciously.