CHARLOTTETOWN – Islander Andrew MacNevin has been named as the new head coach of the Holland College Hurricanes’ baseball team.
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MacNevin comes to the Hurricanes with an extensive coaching and playing background. MacNevin grew up playing baseball on P.E.I., and attended the NCAA Division I Niagara University in Lewiston, N.Y., where he was named team captain and currently sits among the top of many records in hits, doubles, home runs, walks and runs batted in.
Following his playing days, MacNevin spent two years as a hitting and infield coach with the Niagara County Community College in Sanborn, N.Y., where he had the chance to work with several MLB draft picks.
Following his days in New York, MacNevin began working in Alberta with the Okotoks Dawgs Baseball Academy for the next four years.
“Andrew has a superb background in baseball, in particular varsity baseball, and we are confident in his abilities to coach and to attract student-athletes to our team and school,” said Holland College athletics and recreation director Albert Roche. “It became immediately obvious that we share the same vision and passion for the development of the baseball program at Holland College and the sport on P.E.I.
“Undoubtedly, players will be provided a tremendous opportunity and train and improve under his leadership. We look forward to working with Andrew as we introduce varsity baseball in our inaugural year.”
MacNevin is thrilled with the posting, and shares this enthusiasm.
“I am truly honored and privileged to be named the head baseball coach at Holland College,” he said. “I’ve already had the opportunity to speak to some of the student-athletes and have received tremendous feedback.
“I would like to compliment Holland College and their athletic department for putting Holland College into the position to bring collegiate baseball to Prince Edward Island. I believe this program has a bright future and the capacity to be very competitive in the Atlantic Conference.”
Since returning to Prince Edward Island two years ago, MacNevin has spent time with the Eastern Baseball Academy working with the provinces top baseball players.
“Having a collegiate baseball program at Holland College will only open up further opportunity for those aspiring to play at the next level,” said MacNevin. “Local talent will now have the option to live at home while furthering their baseball career, and not be forced to move away.
“Overall this is an important step for baseball on Prince Edward Island, and hopefully it will continue to stimulate further player interest from the grassroots level on up.”
The Hurricanes were accepted into the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association’s Atlantic Conference on Monday, and join St. Mary’s University, St. Francis Xavier, UNB, Dalhousie University, Cape Breton University and Crandall University in the conference.
Holland College baseball team notes:
The team will play out of Memorial Field in Charlottetown.
The Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association (CCBA) uses wooden bats and plays seven-inning games. The regular season begins in early September, and the playoffs begin in October.
The 2014 CCBA national championship is held in Montreal, Que. Invites will be extended to the top teams in the country.
The Hurricanes are holding a meeting at Holland College’s Centre for Community Engagement, Room 311, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, for anyone interested in Hurricanes’ baseball. The meeting is open to the community, including players interested in trying out or public wanting to volunteer with the baseball program or become a booster club member.
Anyone looking to try out for the team or receive more information on the Hurricanes baseball team is asked to email email@example.com.