Coaching Staff


Head Coach  – Brian Rountree

Head Coach Brian Rountree comes to the Holly Springs Salamanders after coaching with the HiToms from September 2014-August 2019. In 2018, Rountree helped lead the team to a CPL Western division title, as well as, a regional championship against the Savannah Bananas to play in the CPL Championship. His leadership helped the HiToms make the CPL playoffs 3 of the 5 seasons he was head coach.

Rountree also coached 19 seasons with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs as a pitching coach. His 19 years of coaching is one of the longest tenures of all coaches currently working at the university. Under Rountree’s coaching, 15 Bulldog pitchers have been drafted or signed free agent contracts with professional baseball teams in the last 11 seasons. Prior to Louisiana Tech, Rountree spent four years as an assistant at the University of South Carolina.

Assistant Coach – Mike Valder

The 2022 season is Valder’s first season as the Salamanders assistant coach. After 25 years of coaching high school baseball locally, Valder brings his vast experience to the staff as he will work with hitter and overall team management. As a head coach, Valder had 11 out of 12 winning season, culminating with finishing runner-up in the 2018 Eastern Regionals.

In addition, Valder was also the manager and athletic officer of the Apex American Legion baseball program for 22 years. In his time as a coach, Valder has coaches over 50 collegiate players, and about 12 players that were drafted.

Valder is currently the assistant coach at Durham Jordan High School, where they have finished first in their conference the past two years.

Valder lives in Apex with his wife, and two boys.

Assistant Coach – Derek Roy

Coach Roy is an Apex area native that played and graduated from Middle Creek High School. 

He later went on to be a part of collegiate baseball programs at Coker University (NCAA DII in Hartsville, SC), Wake Technical Community College (NJCAA DII in Raleigh, NC), and William Peace University (NCAA DIII in Raleigh, NC). 

A recent college graduate in December of 2021, he became an Assistant Coach for the Spring of 2022 at his alma mater, William Peace Univeristy. He assisted with the pitchers and the developmental team in his first season of coaching. 

This summer with the Salamanders, Coach Roy will be in charge of the pitching staff. 

Outside of coaching, he works with the Town of Cary as a facility supervisor.