HarbourCats hire pitching coach Alec Adame

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Aug 21 2014(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – One priority of new Head Coach Graig Merritt and the
management of the Victoria HarbourCats has been completed.

The West Coast League team is pleased to announce the signing of Alec Adame
(a-DAHM-eh) to serve as pitching coach for the 2015 season. Adame, Merritt
and General Manager Jim Swanson are hard at work recruiting players for the
third edition of the Victoria HarbourCats.

“Alec was the first coach I thought of to build the staff you need to
contend in this league, and I’m glad it came together so quickly,” said
Merritt, who was announced as the third Head Coach of the Victoria
HarbourCats on August 14. “Alec is a teacher, he’s a communicator, he’s
respected, and he has a network that will help us find the best pitching
staff for the HarbourCats. I’m excited to be teaming with Alec again, and
doing it in the West Coast League. College pitchers will get the best
teaching and guidance possible by being on a staff guided by Alec Adame,
and we are already getting positive feedback from college coaches who want
to see their players led by an outstanding pitching coach.”

Adame and Merritt played together at Chico State and helped that school win
a NCAA Division-2 championship in 1999, and their paths have continued to
cross as MLB scouts – Adame has evaluated talent for the San Diego Padres,
for the Tampa Bay Rays, and has been the Southern California Area Scout for
the St. Louis Cardinals since 2009.

Adame, who holds a Masters of Science Degree in Physical Education from
Azusa Pacific University, is currently a Health and Kinesiology Instructor
at East Los Angeles College, and is the Head Assistant Coach for the East
LA CC baseball team, primarily responsible for the pitching staff.

“This is a great opportunity for me to work for a great organization and to
help players on the path to professional baseball,” said Adame, who was
previously an assistant coach at Chico State and the Head Coach at Los
Angeles City College. “Graig and I are already talking to schools up and
down the West Coast, looking for the best pitching staff we can put
together. The recruiting process is one I really enjoy, whether it be for
the college programs I’ve been blessed to be a part of, or to find that
elite group for a prestigious program like the Victoria HarbourCats. I’ve
heard so much about Victoria and the support the whole community gives to
the team, it will be an exciting and rewarding summer.”

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