WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gallaudet University baseball coach Curtis Pride is set to add to his impressive resume when he takes on the position of assistant coach with the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) this summer.
The CCBL is a collegiate summer baseball league located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Most participants are invited to join the wooden bat league, while a few players are also selected through tryouts. As an assistant, Pride will fulfill many roles, including hitting coach, working with base running and outfielders and possibly some third base coaching.
"It is a great honor," said Pride. "It's the premier wooden bat league in the country. I am looking forward to working with the players and helping them improve their skills and helping them get ready for the next level. It should be a fun summer!"
The Gatemen play at Clem Spillane Field at Wareham High School and last won the CCBL championship in 2002. Head coach Cooper Farris, who is in his 19th year with Wareham, leads the team. He also coached Mississippi Golf Community College for 20 years before his retirement in 2009. Last season, the Gatemen finished in fourth place in the Western Division with a 19-24-1 record.
This season, Pride will be coaching players from colleges and universities all across the United States including University of Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, Harvard University, University of Michigan and Baylor University, amongst others as they look to improve on last years' performance.
"We have a couple of potential first-round picks [this year]," said Pride. "Our goal is to win the Cape Cod League Championship."
Even though Pride is expected to contribute much to the team, he hopes to take away just as much.
"There is always room for improvement," said Pride. "I am always willing to learn from other coaches and I am hoping to learn a lot from this experience."
Notable Wareham Gatemen alumni include a number of former and current Major League Baseball stars such as Barry Zito, Carlos Pena, Mo Vaughn, Chuck Knobloch, Ben Sheets, Lance Berkman and Aaron Hill.
According to their website, one in seven MLB players played in the CCBL, and one in three MLB players that played college baseball competed in the CCBL. A total of 236 former CCBL players played on 2010 MLB rosters.
The Gatemen kick-off their season on Friday, June 10, at home against Hyannis at 7 p.m.