NECBL Newport Gulls


Director of Baseball Operations

Ryan Lauriat // 401-845-6832 or 401-545-2669

Endicott College, M.Ed.

Portsmouth, Rhode Island


On Nov. 1, 2014, the Newport Gulls promoted 2014 Assistant Coach Ryan Lauriat to be the team's new Director of Baseball Operations heading into the 2015 season. The Gulls organization is excited to have someone with Lauriat's experience and baseball knowledge leading the Baseball Operations division as the club enters its 15th year in Newport.

Lauriat's baseball coaching career has reached various levels throughout North America, Europe, and the Caribbean Islands over the past 10 years. Some of his coaching appointments include Head Coach at the University of Maine-Presque Isle, Pitching Coach at Fisher College, Volunteer Bullpen Coach at the University of Maine-Orono, and Assistant Coach for the USA Athletes International Tournament in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Under long-time Newport Manager Mike Coombs, Lauriat served as the team's Assistant Coach and 3rd Base Coach during the Gulls' 2014 NECBL Championship season.

Lauriat has also been an assistant coach at Middletown High School, and he has previously worked as a Marketing Operations Associate with the New England Patriots.

After earning an Associate's Degree from Dean College in Sport and Fitness Administration/Management and a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies from Fisher College, Lauriat obtained his M.Ed. with a concentration in Athletic Administration from Endicott College. He recently moved to Aquidneck Island from the Boston suburbs with his wife, Jennifer.

Director of Broadcast Operations

Tom Lima // 401-845-6832

Rhode Island College

Tiverton, Rhode Island


Tom has been working with the Newport Gulls for 12 years. Prior to joining the Gulls as Production Manager and Executive Producer of the Newport Gulls Broadcast Network in 2006, Tom covered the Gulls in 2004 and 2005 as an Associate Producer and Director for the Tigers TV Crew and Newport Gulls Television Network, which airs games on  NCTV PA-18 in Newport County. In 2011, he took over as Director of Broadcast Operations, after having served as Deputy Director from 2008-2010. Tom is a Junior at Rhode Island College where he is the former General Manager and current Business Director and Technology Director of the student-run campus television station, Anchor TV, and is the former Business Director, Program Director, and General Manager and current News/Sports/Talk Director of 90.7 WXIN Rhode Island College Radio.

Director of Media Relations

Nick Lima // 401-845-6832

Rhode Island College

Cranston, Rhode Island


Nick has been associated with the Newport Gulls since beginning with the organization in 2004 and 2005 as the Gulls' television broadcaster, before being promoted in 2006 to Director of Broadcast Operations and Broadcaster for television and radio. After taking a hiatus in 2011, covering only some home games, Nick returned in 2012 as Director of Media Relations, and he returned to the television and radio broadcast booth. In 2015, Nick will continue in his Front Office role, in addition to working alongside new broadcaster Rob Masse on the air.


From 2004 to 2010, Nick worked with his younger brother and Executive Producer, Tom, to develop the Newport Gulls Broadcast Operations Department to be the best in both the NECBL and summer collegiate baseball nationally. On the field, Nick is the pregame and postgame show host for all Gulls home games, and serves as lead play-by-play broadcaster, traveling with the team on the road and always donning a full suit and his trademark fedora at Cardines Field. Since joining the Gulls, Nick's play-by-play has appeared on over a dozen New England radio stations, numerous television stations, Cox Sports, the MLB Network, and online via Teamline and the NECBL Broadcast Network, and he has had the call for 27 playoff series, including league championship series in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014; multiple exhibitions against Team USA; an exhibition versus Team China and several Cape Cod Baseball League teams; and he was the local television announcer for the 2005 NECBL All-Star Game and an executive producer of the 2013 All-Star Game. Nick was also elected by NECBL officials and general managers in 2009 and 2010 as the All-Star Broadcaster for the Southern and Eastern Division, respectively, having the call for both games. Nick, together with his brother, Tom, have won the PEG Award for "Best Sports Program in Rhode Island" for their video coverage of the Gulls.


Off the field, Nick is a production coordinator and managing editor for Gulls broadcasts, including coverage of the annual Hot Stove Dinner & Auction and biennial Hall of Fame Inductions, in addition to producing and covering the 2013 NECBL Hall of Fame Dinner. He also manages all media operations, including the Team Publicist, Social Media Coordinator, Press Box Manager, Official Scorer, Team Statistician, Media Relations Coordinator and broadcast operations interns, and coordinates press releases, social media, and the Gulls team website, in addition to assisting in other related areas of the Front Office, including public relations, marketing, advertising, sales and baseball operations.


Outside of the Gulls, Nick has called three seasons each for the Rhode Island College Anchormen and Tiverton Tigers, along with appearing in or hosting over 500 other sports, commentary, news and political television and radio programs throughout Southern New England, and is the creator of the television series "Baseball: RI." While a student at Rhode Island College, Nick served as General Manager, Production Director and News/Sports/Talk Director for 90.7 WXIN, Managing Editor, Senior Copy Editor and Business Manager for The Anchor newspaper, Business Manager for Anchor TV, and President, Secretary, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Rhode Island College Student Community Government, Inc. A U.S. Army veteran, Nick, a Tiverton, R.I. native who now lives in Cranston, R.I., is also active in politics, having run for Tiverton School Committee in 2004 and Cranston City Council in 2012 and 2014. Coincidentally, Cranston Stadium, where the Gulls played from 1999-2000, is several blocks from Nick's current residence, while Cardines Field is three blocks from Nick's parents' former home in Newport.

Deputy Director of Media Relations

Rob Masse // 401-845-6832

Rhode Island College

Pawtucket, Rhode Island


On Feb. 7, 2015, the Newport Gulls welcomed 2013 and 2014 Plymouth Pilgrims broadcaster and director of media relations to the Flock. Rob will serve as lead play-by-play broadcaster and color commentator for all home and away games on television, radio, and the Internet in 2015, in addition to serving as the team's deputy director of media relations.

Masse, of Pawtucket, grew up in the shadow of McCoy Stadium, the Boston Red Sox's AAA affiliate, and has been the Voice of the Tolman Tigers for 17 years, serving as public address announcer for baseball, softball, football, basketball, and volleyball. He is also the lead commentator for RWA wrestling in Providence, and is the former play-by-play broadcaster for the Rhode Island College Anchormen.

While a student at RIC, Rob served as News Director for WXIN radio, and hosted a drive-time morning news-talk show. Additionally, he was a staff writer for "What's News at Rhode Island College," and worked in the college's news and public relations office.

Rob brings both his experience with the Pilgrims and as a former fill-in broadcaster for the Newport Gulls to Cardines Field in 2015; in addition to working closely in the past with the Gulls production crew, especially Director of Broadcast Operations Tom Lima, Rob has worked alongside Nick Lima for select Gulls broadcasts as far back as 2008.

Besides his play-by-play duties, Rob will host the Newport Gulls Pregame Show and Postgame Report, broadcast exhibitions and special events, work alongside Tom Lima in managing the Gulls media intern program, and edit and develop special publications, the Gulls 2015 Media Guide, game recap stories, and his own team blog at