September 2009 Newsletter Welcome to a new baseball year in Georgia. Kick-start your season with the 2010 Georgia Dugout Clinic. It will be held at the Hilton on Courtland Ave. in Atlanta on January 28-30. Featured speakers are exceptional baseball people such as Cecil Fielder who played for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees, Dwight “Doc” Gooden of the Mets and Yankees, Mo Vaughn with the Red Sox and Mets, UAB coaches Ron Polk and Brian Shoop, and more. Make your plans now to join fellow coaches for this important event. Book your rooms early for the best rate.
*See attached registration form.*
College Coaches and Players of the Year
Div. I Rodney Hennon Ga. Southern Rich Poythress UGA
Div. II Greg Guilliams Valdosta State Shannon Wilkerson Augusta State
Div. III Dan Girodano Oglethorpe Daniel Sarisky Oglethorpe
Congratulations go Joe Roberts of Armstrong Atlantic and Billy Beale of Lincoln Co. for outstanding careers in leading the young men of our state.
All Star Games
June 5 and 6 the very best players in Georgia will have the opportunity to perform at the RomeBraves Stadium. We have moved our dates to accommodate graduations, play off finals, and still be before the draft. Phil Williams of Landmark is working with Mr. Frank Wren of the Atlanta Braves on the possibility of the Braves becoming a sponsoring partner. More information at the clinic. Corporate Sponsors
The club just signed new five-year sponsorships with Mike Cole of Diamond Baseballs and Paxton Briley representing Mizuno Sports. These two, plus Rawlings (Mike Morris) are exceptional companies who care about high school baseball in Georgia and are willing to invest their money and products into our efforts. Please show your appreciation by using Mizuno, Diamond, and Rawlings for your team needs. Congratulations
Chavez Clarke-Marietta Cameron Bedrosian - E. Coweta
Kaleb Cowart - Cook Co. Trey Griffin - MLK Jr.
Brandon Stephens - Lassiter DeAndre Smelter – Tattnall Square
Senior Team Georgia finished in third place in the Oklahoma Sun Belt Classic in June. Coaches Rob Williams and Chuck Cooper of Lee Co., Kyle Reese of St. Francis, and Tony Kirkland of Colquitt Co. did a great job with this group of young men. The Junior Team Georgia destroyed Texas in the finals and emerged as the Sun Belt Champions again. Coaches Dave McDonald of Wheeler, Mike Adcock of Excel, Wayne Vickery of Gainesville, Patrick Mayfield of Tallulah Falls, and Chan Brown of Parkview made Georgia Baseball proud with the way they led this squad. A great deal of thanks goes to Doug Jones of Mill Creek and Don Corr of Cherokee Co. for their hard work. These tournaments send a message of the high level of baseball in our state.
Dave Richardson has worked hard to put together a great fifty-team tournament. Schedules will be ready on October 3.
Coach Jeff Segars once again did a tremendous job highlighting the skills of Georgia talent this summer. The Top 100 held at North Cobb High School was a huge success with over one hundred college and pro scouts in attendance. More information about the 2010 Showcases will be presented at the clinic in January.
Field of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year
If you would like to make a nomination, please send your information to email@example.com. Coach Shane Cauthorn of Dade Co. AA and Greg Hamilton of Northgate AAA have nominated their fields so far. Coach Kevin Henderson of Northgate has been nominated for Assistant Coach of the Year. Website
Please check us out frequently at www.georgiadugoutclub.org for updated information about the club. In order to save mailing expenses future newsletters this year will be online only. It is our intent to keep current with all info, however for a variety of reasons, it sometimes takes longer than expected to get the job done. Bear with us.