HarbourCats HeadOnly

November 27, 2013 VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – HarbourCats President John McLean and General Manager Jim Swanson are pleased to announce today that Head Coach Dennis Rogers and Co-­‐Head Coach Bob Miller will return to lead the Victoria HarbourCats in 2014. Also returning will be Assistant Coach Ben Jackson.

Rogers and Miller led the expansion version of the HarbourCats to a 22-­‐32 record as the team displayed a brand of baseball that led to an average of 1,437 fans attending the 27 home games at Royal Athletic Park (38,793 total). The HarbourCats bolted out to a 7-­‐1 start and captivated baseball fans in the Capital Region, later packing the park for the West Coast League all-­‐star game with 4,210 in attendance, a league record.

“The situation in Victoria is primed to support a playoff and championship team, and I know we all fell in love with Victoria and HarbourCats baseball in the inaugural season,” said Rogers, Head Coach of Riverside Community College in California, where he has won three State titles. Rogers managed in the Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland A’s minor league organizations, including two years at the helm of the Vancouver Canadians (2003-­‐04). “It was a successful first season in so many
ways, and Victoria’s reputation as a destination for top college baseball players to fine-­‐tune their skills in summer league is being cemented. I’m overjoyed to return and work with John, Bob and Ben again, and teaming up with Jim and his front office staff.”

Rogers worked side-­‐by-­‐side with Miller, Head Coach of Cuesta College in California, during the 2013 WCL season, and that strong tandem will not just be on the field, but will be looking to recruit the best talent for Victoria baseball fans in 2014.

“The goal is not just to be competitive, but to bring a playoff team and a championship team to Victoria,” said Miller, whose resume includes three Alaska Baseball League championships with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots, and a National Baseball Congress championship in 2001. “The challenge we willingly accept is to find that right mix of talent and character to win that last game. Victoria deserves a championship team and we take that responsibility to heart.”

Player commitments for 2014 will be announced soon, with 30 plus players already confirmed. “Championship teams are borne from stability, and bringing back Dennis, Bob and Ben is an important move for the organization,” said McLean. “The coaching backgrounds they bring are integral, but the immediate and most important need is for them to use their extensive contacts with top North American college baseball programs and give the HarbourCats the best players available. We want to set the bar very high, and we all think this community and all our supporters deserve that. 

Victoria has connected with the HarbourCats brand of baseball, our part now is to do everything we can to bring a championship to this city.”