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Mar '14 21

USA Baseball names Women’s National Team Coaching Staff

By USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced its 2014 Women’s National Team coaching staff Thursday, led by Jonathan Pollard, who was announced as manager on Jan. 12. Pollard, a Women’s World Cup veteran, served as the pitching coach on the 2012 Women’s National Team that won silver at the IBAF Women’s World Cup in Edmonton, Canada.

“Starting with Jonathan Pollard as manager, this staff is a collection of knowledgeable, passionate baseball coaches,” said USA Baseball Women’s National Team director Ashley Bratcher. “In January, the staff worked together on the Women’s National Team Development Program in Boca Raton, Fla., and that experience will serve as the building blocks for a successful 2014 World Cup.”

Pollard will be joined in the dugout by assistant coaches Mike Morgan and Dennis Keeley as well as pitching coach Matt Weagle and certified athletic trainer Kim Moncel.

Mike Morgan, the general manager of The Cage in Boston, was first introduced to USA Baseball in the fall of 2013 when he served as an instructor at the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series for the women’s division. Morgan also joined the staff at the 2014 Women’s National Team Development Program in Boca Raton, Fla.

As a player, Morgan was a four-year starter at Salem State College where he hit over .360 and was named to the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference All-Conference Team each season. As a senior, Morgan set the NCAA record for runners caught stealing in a single game at seven. Morgan began coaching in 2005 when he returned to his alma mater as a graduate assistant. Morgan also took the head coaching position for the Nashua Pioneers of the North American Women’s Baseball League, leading the Pioneers to a ranking of No. 2 in the nation.

Dennis Keeley, formerly the head coach at Jenks High School in Oklahoma, led the Trojans to a record of 114-43 in his four years, making the Class 6A state tournament each year. Keeley brought his team to the 2013 USA Baseball National High School Invitational, before joining the coaching staffs of the 2013 USA Baseball 14U National Team Development Program and the 2014 Women’s National Team Development Program.

Prior to his time at Jenks, Keeley spent 11 years coaching at Muskogee High School (Okla.), with whom he reached the 1998 state finals. As a player, Keeley spent his baseball career at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, before finishing up at the University of Arkansas. He then went on to play professional baseball after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization.

Matt Weagle joins the coaching staff as the pitching coach, a role he serves at Franklin Pierce University. Weagle joined Pollard, Morgan and Keeley at the 2014 Women’s National Team Development Program in January.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Weagle served as the pitching coach at Becker College and, prior to that, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Weagle began his collegiate coaching career at Holy Cross. As an athlete, Weagle pitched for Franklin Pierce University, becoming the program’s first All-America selection in 2003 after leading the pitching staff on the program’s first NCAA Regional champion team. At the end of his career, Weagle held the school record for strikeouts. Weagle then went on to be drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB First-Year Player Draft and remains the third-highest draft pick in school history.

Rounding out the on-field staff is veteran Team USA certified athletic trainer Kim Moncel. The head athletic trainer at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., Moncel will be making her third trip to the Women’s World Cup in 2014.

Moncel was first introduced to USA Baseball through the USA Baseball National Team Championships, which are held in Arizona each summer. From there, Moncel joined the USA Baseball Women’s National Team staff in 2006, traveling to the Women’s Baseball World Cup. She again traveled to the Women’s World Cup with the 2008 Women’s National Team. In addition to her time with USA Baseball, Moncel has also served as the athletic trainer on several tours for USA Women’s Handball and, most recently, was a part of the athletic training staff for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The staff will guide the Women’s National Team to the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Miyazaki, Japan.

For more information on the Women’s National Team program, please visit USABaseball.com and follow @USABaseballWNT on Twitter.

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