Thursday, October 9, 2008

More Coaching News out of New Market, Virginia


Photo courtesy of New Market Rebels/ DeSales University
NEW MARKET - Earlier this week we reported on the new position of Manager that Bruce Alger had recently added to his impressive resume. Bruce is now guiding the New Market Red Sox expansion squad that began play in the Augusta County Babe Ruth League. It turns out that Mr. Alger isn't the only one affiliated with the New Market Rebels to have a new title for 2008.

One of the final stories I wrote for the Northern Virginia Daily was about Bruce hiring a young man (Nolan Neiman) to skipper the Rebels for the Summer of 2008. I enjoyed talking with Nolan and remembered him from being an assistant to Coach Brown back in 2006. Neiman struck me as a baseball equivalent to a basketball gym rat. He had spent his entire life around the game, either playing or managing at some level.

Nolan played for his Father at D-III DeSales University in Pennsylvania and after 1 year as an assistant at Penn, he returned to his Alma-mater to assist his Dad in running the program. Talking with Nolan while riding the Rebel/ATV-60 All-Star Bus down to Covington this summer I could tell that this young man was destined to continue to climb the baseball ladder. It would just be a matter of time before he had some News on his next step up and that has now been confirmed.

Nolan has joined the Staff of Dave Tollett (7TH Season) at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Eagles were just voted the fourth best team in the baseball rich State of Florida and a one of his new players from the squad spent time in the Valley this season as well. Zach Maxfield will be familiar with Neiman after playing this season for the Rebels.

You can check out more about the program by visiting their site at http://www.fgcuathletics.com/. the site will tell you about the up and coming school located in Sunny Ft. Meyers, Florida. The Eagles went 38-15 in their first season of playing D-I baseball and had three members of the 2007-2008 squad drafted this year. Rivals.com is home to the poll that named the Eagles #4 in the state.

When I had the opportunity to ask Nolan about the move he noted two things that really came into the decision to accept the position with FGCU.

"It gives me a chance to move up to Division I", Neiman said. "The fact that it is Florida where a great number of things pertaining to baseball take place is a plus as well."

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