May 3, 2022 – Virginia Beach, VA

The Virginia Beach Sea Dogs announce the hiring of John Bivens as their new head coach for the upcoming 2022 season.

Coach Bivens brings a decade of coaching experience at the amateur level and has a positive track record for developing talent and helping them transition to the next level.  In the last 10 years he has helped over 15 high school baseball athletes earn scholarships at the collegiate level including schools such as: Old Dominion, Murray State University, West Virginia, George Mason, UNC Pembroke, Savannah State University, Richmond, & more. 

His primary focus is on getting athletes bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, & more skilled. Taking a comprehensive approach to the game to build a complete player with a championship mindset. As a player, John Bivens Jr. is a former 12th round draft pick in 2010 to the Milwaukee Brewers out of Virginia State University. He was also a scholarship, two sport athlete at the University of Virginia from 2006-2009 playing football & baseball under the leadership of Coach O’Connor & Coach Mcmullan. 

After his pro baseball career ended due to chronic knee & shoulder injuries, Bivens transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship. Where he is now the Owner & CEO of Vertex Performance LLC & Co-Founder of a non-profit, VXP Legacy, Inc. that is centered around sports, fitness, academics, youth mentorship, and professional development. 


Married to Dr. Deisha Bivens, DPT. Current Varsity High School Baseball & Football Coach at Heritage High School. Graduated high school from Prince George High School. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. 


The Sea Dogs are excited to announce that Kyle Bogese and RC Orlan will be serving as the Sea Dogs Assistant Coaches.

Pitching Coach: 

Coach Kyle Bogese brings a vast amount of coaching & playing experience stemming from a strong collegiate career that ultimately led to a shot in pro ball. Virginia Native that attended Thomas Dale High School as standout pitcher throwing up to 88mph his junior year. Kyle’s collegiate career led him to Trinity University in San Antonio, where he was able to increase his velocity to 97mph and earned a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. 

After transitioning from professional baseball he emerged himself into amatuer baseball development to give back to the youth & fulfill his passions to teach the game of baseball. Kyle is currently the co-owner and founder of The Backyard Baseball Lab that focuses on building the complete baseball player with a pro style curriculum to help them accomplish their goals. Specializes in building progressive arm strength & velocity development. 

Career Highlights: 

  • Pitched 3x in the College World Series Regionals
  • Trained at the Texas Baseball Ranch in 2009
  • Signed by the Phillies in 2014
  • Signed by the Frontier Greys in 2015
  • Signed by the Diamondbacks in 2016
  • Signed by the Rockwood Boulders in 2016
  • Trained with Eric Cressey in 2015
  • Trained at Driveline in 2016
  • Trained/Worked with Ben Brewster, owner of Tread Athletics from 2016-2017


Married to Virginia Joy Bogese with three daughters and a son. Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Rapsodo 2.0 Certified. Owner of Trackman. Graduated from Thomas Dale High School.


Arm Care Coordinator:

Coach RC Orlan comes to us with a plethora of baseball knowledge from first hand experience in professional baseball & amateur coaching. He was drafted out of Deep Run high school in 2009 in the 44th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but opted to attend the University of North Carolina. 

Putting together an impressive collegiate campaign for the Tar Heels and making two appearances in the 2011 College World Series against Vanderbilt. His crafty and powerful left handed abilities put him in position to be drafted in the 30th round by the Washington Nationals. RC was then traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2017 via Rule 5 Draft.  7 Year Professional career making it all the way to Triple A & had a Big league Invite to Spring Training in 2019. 

RC is now the Co-owner & founder of the Backyard Baseball Lab that focuses on amateur & professional baseball development. He specializes in building custom arm care routines with pro style throwing programs in conjunction with a tailored strength & power development program, an adequate nutrition plan. 

Career Highlights:

  • Deep Run High School 2009 First Team All State Utility
  • Drafted by the Dodgers in 2009
  • UNC Fall of 2009-2012. Pitched 2x in the 2011 CWS against Vanderbilt.
  • Junior Year led the team in wins with 8.
  • Drafted by the Nationals in 2012
  • Pitched in the World Baseball Classic in 2016 (Team Israel)
  • 2018, 0.65 era over 35 innings
  • 2019 Cleveland Indians Big League Camp Invitation


Married with no kids. Rapsodo 2.0 Certified. Web & App developer. Owner of Trackman. Remote Base Program Developer. Graduated from Deep Run High school