Duffy returns as Mustangs Head Coach for 2012

September 28, 2011

 

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Duffy Returns as Head Coach for 2012

The Martinsville Mustangs announce that Matt Duffy will return as head coach for the 2012 season.

After a successful season in 2011, the Mustangs staff made a swift decision to resign Matt Duffy as head coach for 2012.  Duffy played two seasons with the Martinsville Mustangs in 2007 and 2008, and then returned in 2011, but this time as head coach.  Duffy coached the Mustangs to the most wins in a single season since he played back in 2007.

"I am really excited that Matt has chosen to come back with us next year.  He did a great job coaching last season and had a big influence on our success as an organization," said General Manager Jim Taipalus.

"We had some coaching changes just before the season started and Matt stepped in and took over a team that he did not recruit. If anyone knows something about coaching, they know that is a hard thing to do.  He gets to build his own team this year and I can't wait to see what he does with it."

Duffy took over for Jason Sherrer as head coach for the 2011 season with less than 30 days until the first game.  In that short time period, Duffy filled the remaining roster positions with local talent, including one Coastal Plain League All-Star Derrick Hopkins, a native of Patrick County. Hopkins was among four others who made the CPL All-Star teams, making Matt Duffy the first head coach to produce five CPL All-Stars in Mustangs single season history. 

"I worked with what I was given this past season and I believe Jason recruited a highly competitive team for us," said Coach Duffy.  A lot of the talent we had last year will be returning for 2012 along with some fresh arms.  I believe we nearly had the best offensive team in the CPL, but we struggled slightly with our pitching.  That is something that will change next season."

The Mustangs were ranked in the top five of the CPL in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, hits, doubles, triples, and total bases, but they never broke into the top five in any positive pitching statistic. They completed the season with a 25-29 record finishing 5th in their division.

The Martinsville Mustangs are a member of the Coastal Plain League, celebrating its 16th season in 2012 with 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  The CPL gives college players a chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had more than 930 alums drafted and 46 alums make their major league debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via twitter (at cpleague).