Board of Directors


Andy Gardner


Andy is father to four boys (currently three in Thunder program). He is a Real Estate professional specializing in investment properties and home renovations. Andy played two years of college baseball for Ashland University. He’s lived in the Olentangy school district since 2007, and is committed to maintaining a competitive community-based travel program.  


Scott Marple

Director of Baseball Operations

Scott coordinates field maintenance and organization-wide baseball instruction, helping ensure a consistent high-quality approach across the organization. He is the former varsity head baseball coach at Dublin Scioto H.S. He’s a member of the Ohio Dominican Athletic Hall of Fame, and played professional baseball for five seasons. Scott has one son playing for the Thunder.



Chris Garber


Chris handles the “behind the scenes” work for the Thunder, including administrative, communications, and technical issues. He works as a corporate lawyer, and is also a published baseball author. He has two sons in the Thunder program and is a Driveline Baseball certified youth coach. 


Andy Thorne

Co-Director of Finance

Andy joined the Thunder Board in September 2019, and will be assisting Rick Schnierer on financial issues, along with providing other leadership and support. His son is currently a member of the 9U team. An Ohio State grad, Andy works in banking, and has experience coaching youth soccer and baseball.

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Alex Ochoa

Founder of Olentangy & Ohio Thunder