My Story: Kent McMullen, Chattahoochee Grippers Director and League Weatherman

My name is Kent McMullen. Some people call me “Fabio” (must be the long hair), but most people know me as the weatherman. I am a meteorologist with AMB Weather that you see at each race as well as posting the weekly weather forecast during the practice season.

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and ever since I was young I was fascinated by the midwest thunderstorms. That lead me to get my Bachelor’s in Meteorology from Missouri University. Shortly after graduating, I got my first position with the National Weather Service in Youngstown, Ohio. After 2 1/2 years in Youngstown, I transferred to Bismarck, North Dakota and was there for 6 years. I then transferred to Peachtree City, GA where I finished my career with the National Weather Service on May 22, 2019, retiring after 33 1/2 years of service.

 

 

I started riding my bike when I was a kid, a 5-Speed Schwinn Stingray, you know, the one with the high handlebars and the banana seat. My best friend and I would put on over 100 miles a week riding our bikes around our subdivision. At that time mountain biking wasn’t even a “thing.” However, we would take our bikes and ride them in the woods on hiking trails. It wasn’t until I moved to Bismarck when I got my first mountain bike, a Kona which I trashed 2 weeks before moving to Georgia (a story for another time). After coming to Georgia I continued to ride but eventually stopped riding in 2009 when I became a counselor for Better Way, a substance abuse facility. It was also at this time I got married to Tammy, who was a cyclist and she got me back into mountain biking.

 

 

A couple of years after returning to mountain biking, my best friend asked me if I would be a coach for a youth mountain bike team that was just starting. That was the Coweta Composited team. I said “sure” and immediately fell in love with coaching. That was in 2017. It was also in that year that Hurricane Nate approached Georgia which lead to me getting a call from Kenny Griffin, which lead me to giving him daily updates on the forecast track of Nate, which lead to me providing weather support for the Georgia League. This lead to me working with NICA and developing the national weather policy for all leagues.

 

 

Late last spring, I became the Team Director for the Chattahoochee Grippers (formerly the Coweta Composite team) and I have loved every minute of it. Watching these kids grow in their character and their athleticism has been one of the most rewarding parts of being a Team Director.

Building relationships with not only the kids, but also the parents as well as the coaches and staff of the Georgia League has been amazing! As I’ve gotten to know the people of the Georgia League and see the results of the efforts that they have put into the League, it is no wonder that this is a quality organization and I am very proud to be a part of it.

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During the practice and race season, if you want the latest forecast from AMB Weather (me), here are 2 links you can bookmark: AMB Weather GICL Forecast  or “Like” my Facebook page!