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Former Cooperstown Coach Signs With FL's Joliet Slammers

Eric Coleman, the 2011 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Coach of the Year, has signed with the Frontier League’s Joliet Slammers to serve as the team’s pitching coach for the 2013 season. The announcement was made by Joliet General Manager Chris Franklin and Head Coach Mike Breyman at a press conference held earlier this month.

Coleman was the head coach of the PGCBL’s Cooperstown Hawkeyes for two seasons (2011-2012). He guided the Hawkeyes to a franchise record 25 victories in 2011 and a PGCBL West regular season championship.  Cooperstown’s 2011 squad paced the league with a 14-5 (.737) record in one-run games and tied for first in the circuit with a 14-7 (.667) home record. Overall, the 2011 Hawkeyes boasted the third-highest winning percentage in the league (.558). Coleman’s Cooperstown club came up just one win short of reaching the 2011 PGCBL Championship Series, falling two games to one in the divisional playoffs to eventual league champion Newark.

In two seasons with Cooperstown, Coleman won 37 games. Under Coleman’s stewardship, four Hawkeyes were named to the All-PGCBL team including 2011 PGCBL co-batting champion Bryan Aanderud. Eight Hawkeyes made PGCBL All-Star Game appearances and Hawkeye infielder Tyler Mautner won the 2012 PGCBL All-Star Game Home Run Derby at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park.

Coleman returns to the Frontier League for his second tour of duty in the independent circuit. The North Las Vegas, Nev., native was the head coach of the Frontier League’s Midwest Sliders in 2008 and 2009. When the franchise became the Oakland County Cruisers in 2010, Coleman moved into the role of general manager and watched his club roll to a 53-43 record.

The former Coooperstown skipper coached at the collegiate level for over 14 seasons. He was an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Niagara University as well as San Jose City College, Diablo Valley College and San Diego Mesa College of the California Community College Athletic Association. At the summer collegiate level, Coleman guided the Okotoks Dawgs to a 2007 Western Major Baseball League championship. Over 100 of Coleman's former players have gone to sign professional contracts and 18 have reached Major League Baseball.



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