Salamanders Coach Looks to Build on 2019 for a Successful Season
“First of all, I’d like to show my appreciation to Chip Hutchinson, Mike Birling, Brian McConnell and the rest of the Salamanders organization,” Soine said. “I couldn’t be more excited to return as the manager for the 2020 summer.”
This will be Soine’s fourth season in the Coastal Plain League and third as a head coach. He currently serves as the Assistant Baseball Coach at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.
“We are glad to have Kevin coming back to lead the 2020 Salamanders,” General Manager Chip Hutchinson said. “Having that continuity at the head coaching position is key to building the necessary relationships with colleges, players and the community so we can have a successful 2020 campaign.”
Soine has also served as the Head Coach of Ridgewater College, Graduate Assistant at the University of Dubuque and as an Assistant Coach for Murray State College. As a player, he played outfield and pitched for Grand View University, earning all-conference honors twice. Before transferring to GVU, he played two seasons as an outfielder at Century College.
“I have to give a shout out and a big thank you to our host families, as well. I’ve coached and played in a lot of different places all over the country and our host families are by far the best and most hospitable group of people I’ve had the pleasure of being around,” Soine said. “There aren’t many things that get me more excited than a packed house at Ting Park. I can’t wait to get the summer season started and to see everyone at the ballpark!”
The Salamanders kick off their 2020 CPL season May 29th on the road against the Tri-City Chili Peppers. Their home opener is Saturday, May 30th against the Peninsula Pilots. Season tickets and mini plans are on sale now at salamandersbaseball.com or 919-249-7322.
Thanks to DBBC’s Emily Almond for this capcom story & photo.