Reboulet always called the Dayton area home in the off-season, building a house outside of Bellbrook. In those off-seasons he also became involved with Horizon Wealth Management, a company started by one of his former LSU teammates. He now is a senior financial adviser for the company based in Baton Rouge, La.
“A lot of our clients are professional athletes,” he said. “We help them manage their current assets and help them become wise enough financially to make decisions which will serve them and their families in the future.”
His success in money matters has earned him one of eight spots former players have on Major League Baseball’s Rookie Financial Advisory Board.
“I love to teach and help young players, whether it’s about the fundamentals and the right way to play the game or making the money they’ll earn now work for them for the rest of their lives,” he said.
Reboulet has three boys playing baseball — Jason, 16; Zack, 14; and Lucas, 10. He began coaching Jason in coach-pitch and has been with him through the various age-group programs.
“The Dayton area has some real good youth baseball organizations, but not many which offer teams for all the age groups,” Reboulet said. “A lot of them are parent-driven certain ages and then they drop off.”
So two years ago he helped build the infrastructure for a program for players ages 10-18. That included coaches who are necessarily parents, year-round training and schedules designed to help players develop at a moderate pace.
“I don’t believe in playing kids in 100 games over two months in the summer so they get burned out by the time they’re 16 and hate baseball,” he said. “We want to get kids in the program and bring them along so by the time they get to our 17- and 18-year-old teams they are solid in the fundamentals, handle themselves correctly on and off the field, wear the uniform the right way and hustle all the time. A lot of parents and players from the Dayton area think they have to go to Cincinnati to find that. We want to keep them right here.”
This has been the first season that the Dodgers organization has fielded teams in most age groups. Reboulet has the 16-year-old team.
“It’s not so much about winning, but getting better every game,” he said. “The summer between a player’s junior and senior year in school is the most important.
“That’s when the pro and college scouts look for players they think are prospects. Part of our job is to get guys at his age group ready for that summer.”
The 16-year-old roster includes Adam Adkins, Pete Ballard, Matt Diehl, Brian Price, Jason Reboulet, Ted Link and John DeRoo, Alter High School; Kevin Seals from Carroll; Ryan Carter from Belmont; and Nick Livingston, Chris Donese, Charlie Jones and Matt Goodpaster from Fairmont.
Part of Reboulet’s coaching staff includes his father, Jim.
“I think we’ve got the makings of a nice program,” Reboulet said.