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Sam Dempster appointed as head coach of Team GB

01/19/2011, 3:11pm GMT
By British Baseball Federation

The executive board of the British Baseball Federation has appointed Sam Dempster to be the new Head Coach and Performance Director for Great Britain Baseball.

Sam Dempster is the new Head Coach of Team GB

The BBF board has signed Dempster to a three-year appointment, which means he will be at the helm as the British men make another pass at the European A-Pool and, perhaps, the MLB World Baseball Classic. Dempster is the Head Coach at Durham College in Ontario, Canada, and spends his summers working as MLB Envoy to Britain and Europe.

Dempster served as Assistant Coach of the Senior National Team in 2010, helping former skipper Pat Doyle lead the squad to an eighth-place finish in July's European Championships.

Also appointed to a three-year post is Jason Greenberg, returning as General Manager and Director of Operations for the GB programme. Greenberg first joined the staff in April 2010, and works full time in British baseball as Marketing, Communications and Events Manager for BaseballSoftballUK.

"There is no better coach to lead this team into the new decade," said Greenberg. "Sam is dedicated, loyal, intelligent, honest, unbelievably hard working… and most importantly he knows baseball and he knows how to win. He already has the respect of our GB players and the domestic baseball community, and I have no doubt he will both strengthen the foundation of our programme while pushing our Senior Team to new heights."

These staffing decisions were reached by the BBF board's National Teams Committee of chairman Marty Cullen (National Teams Programme Official), Mark Salter (BBF President) and James Pearce (Development Officer), with the counsel of former GB coaches and staff.

Other recent assignments include Will Lintern as Head Coach of the GB Junior squad, and Brendan Cunliffe as GB Cadets Head Coach. (read more here)

No GB Baseball staff member receives a salary, and all are volunteers working entirely in their free time.

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