Bob Rikeman comes to the Scorpions in 2016 and is serving as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the company. His duties will include oversight of day-to-day operations & management decision as well as developing, implementing and executing the Company’s long and short term plans.
Most people in the community know Bob Rikeman as Rike or Coach. He spent 25 years of his life coaching college baseball and as an associate scout for the Chicago White Sox. Much of his career was serving as the Head Coach at Rollins College from 1994 to 2005. It was at Rollins where he was fortunate to have mentors like Boyd Coffie and Davey Johnson who guided and helped him develop. They taught him that DEVELOPMENT and RESPECT for the game is paramount to having the best baseball knowledge or playing experience. Rollins developed their players. They focused on making their coaches and players better every day. This culminated in a run at the Word Series in 2004 and the first Sunshine Conference Title in school history. It is the Rollins connection that has led Rike to this point in him career as the owner of the Scorpions Baseball Club. In 2010, one of Rike’s former All American’s who led their team to the World Series, Toby Rice, asked him to join him in starting Rice Energy. Toby was a walk on at Rollins who did not play until he developed in his Junior year and became the driving force behind Rollins Baseball greatest seasons in school history. In 2010 he was the 7th employee at Rice Energy and was sleeping in his pickup truck for months at a time trying to learn and make it in the oilfield. The roles were reversed as he was now the student and Toby Rice was developing him to lead and work with men who had 20-30 years of oilfield experience. When he retired from Rice in August of 2016, he was a Vice President of a publicly traded $7 billion company who were not only competing with Shell, Chevron, Exxon but also beating them.
Bob Rikeman has a B.A in Political Science from Brandeis University as well as a M.S in Sports Management from Umass Amherst.