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August 23-31, 2010
P.J. Finigan has been hired as pitching coach at
his alma mater, Southern Illinois. Finigan was an infielder and
pitcher for the Salukis from 2002-05 and was the 2005 MVC Player
of the Year. Finigan was drafted in the seventh round by the
Detroit Tigers and pitched in their system for four years before
elbow injuries forced his retirement.
File (right) has been added as pitching coach at La Salle. An
All-American at Philadelphia University, File was drafted as a
third baseman in the 19th round of the 1998 draft by the Toronto
Blue Jays. He was converted to a pitcher and played nine seasons
of professional baseball, including three in the major leagues.
File posted a 6-4 record in 89 appearances with the Blue Jays,
including a 5-3 mark in 2001. File earned a degree in computer
science from Philadelphia University in 1998 and is enrolled in
La Salle’s Information Technology Leadership Master’s program.
Virginia will begin fall practice on Friday,
Sept. 3. The Cavaliers will entertain the Ontario Blue Jays in
an exhibition game on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at Davenport Field.
Admission is free. The annual Orange and Blue World Series will
begin on Oct. 3. at Davenport Field. Each contest of the
seven-game series will begin at 6 p.m. and will be free to the
Brian Buscher will be an undergraduate assistant
coach at South Carolina. He will be the bench coach and work
with the corner infielders. Buscher plans to earn a bachelor’s
degree in psychology. An All-American third baseman, Buscher
helped the Gamecocks reach the College World Series in 2002 and
2003. He played professional baseball for seven years, including
three in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins.
Texas A&M participated in its fifth annual
Paint-a-Thon at the home of Lisa Ford of Bryan, Texas. The
Aggies painted and completed repairs on the exterior of the
house, created a flower bed in the front and a stone walkway in
Maryland added right-hander Creighton Hoke to its
roster, raising its number of newcomers to 23. Hoke pitched at
San Jacinto College in Houston, posting a 1.42 ERA this past
Steve Rousey has been hired as pitching coach at
Fresno State. He will assist with recruiting and team travel.
For the past eight seasons, Rousey was head coach at Cal State
Northridge. The Matadors were 29-27 this past season, including
9-15 in the Big West. Rousey was an assistant at Northridge in
2001 and 2002. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Long Beach
State and head coach at Los Angeles City College. Rousey pitched
at Cal State Fullerton and twice reached the College World
Series (1982, 1984). The Titans won the national championship in
1984. Rousey was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle
Mariners in 1984 and spent five seasons pitching in the Seattle
and Montreal systems. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English
from Fullerton in 1988 and a master’s degree in physical
education from Azusa Pacific in 1992.
Cliff Wren is the new volunteer assistant at
Arkansas State. For the past six years, he has been the owner
and instructor of Wren Baseball and Softball Academy in
Hattiesburg, Miss. Wren was an assistant coach at Petal (Miss.)
High School prior to that. Wren was a Freshman All-American in
1996 at Southern Miss. He transferred to Mississippi State for
his senior season and was named first team All-SEC and third
team All-America as a first baseman. Wren was drafted by the Los
Angeles Dodgers in the 33rd round and played three seasons in
Full tournament passes for the 2011 ACC Baseball
Championship are now on sale. The 13-game event will be held May
25-29 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Adult passes are $125 and
passes for college students with valid ID are $60.
Dave Dangler has been hired as pitching coach at
Washington. Dangler is the former head coach at Portland State,
Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Ore., and Yavapai
College in Prescott, Ariz. He has also been a professional scout
for the Expos, Marlins and Orioles organizations. This past
season, Dangler was the pitching coach at Notre Dame. In
February, Dangler was inducted into the National Junior College
Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the
Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame and the Northwest Community College
Hall of Fame.
Steven Trout has been named the volunteer
assistant at Houston. He will coach third base and work with the
infielders and base runners. Trout will also be Camp Director.
This past season, Trout was a volunteer assistant at Texas
State. Trout played two seasons at Texarkana Community College
before transferring to TCU. He was second team All-Mountain West
as a senior and earned a degree in general studies in 2007.
Trout played for three independent teams in 2007 and 2008 before
joining the staff at the Stars Baseball Academy in Southlake,
Texas A&M has changed the start date for walk-on
tryouts to Wednesday, Sept. 15. A mandatory meeting will be held
on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at Olsen Field.
Mike Quade, a former player at New Orleans, is
the new manager of the Chicago Cubs. The third base and outfield
coach for the Cubs takes over for Lou Piniella, who retired
following Sunday’s game against the Braves. Quade was an
outfielder at UNO under head coach Ron Maestri from 1976-79.
Quade was a two-time All-Sun Belt selection. He was Sun Belt
tourney MVP in 1979 as the Privateers earned their second NCAA
Tournament bid. He was taken in the 22nd round of the 1979 draft
by the Pittsburgh Pirates and played five years in the minors
before becoming a coach. Quade compiled a record of 1,213-1,165
in 17 seasons as a manager in the minor leagues.
(photo courtesy of La Salle Media Relations Office)