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Local Martinsville Mustangs Player Steps In as Head Coach

May 13, 2011



May 12, 2011

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Local Martinsville Mustangs Player Steps In as Head Coach

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - The Martinsville Mustangs announced today that former Mustang player Matt Duffy has been selected to take over the head coaching position for the 2011 season.   Duffy was selected for the position after Jason Sherrer notified the team that he accepted a full time position at Mount Olive College.  Matt Duffy, a highly qualified and recommended coach from the local area, was a contender for the head coaching position back in September 2010.  Once the team was notified of Sherrer's decision, the Mustangs contacted Duffy in hopes of him filling the void.

 "It is great that we were still able to get Matt Duffy as our head coach," said General Manager Jim Taipalus.  "We are very privileged to have him, as I know he was offered many other summer positions.  Matt has more enthusiasm and willingness to make this a successful season than any coach I have talked to. I know he will take over this team with pride and we will be happy to see him with a Mustangs jersey on once again."

Duffy played two seasons with the Martinsville Mustangs in '07 and '08. He attended Emory and Henry College and was named All-ODAC as a freshman. After his sophomore year he transferred to UVA-Wise and hit.398 with 59 RBIs and led the team to a NAIA regional berth. Duffy later became an assistant coach for two seasons at UVA-Wise. Prior to college, Matt was a student athlete at Magna Vista High School near Martinsville, where he made first team all-state catcher and was a second team all-state selection in football.

"I am very excited and very thrilled about being in Martinsville," said Matt Duffy."  "I want to thank the Mustangs staff for giving me this opportunity.  It will be fun to come home where I played growing up and I am looking forward to being the new head coach for the Mustangs."


For more information about the new head coach and the rest of the Martinsville Mustangs, go to www.martinsvillemustangs.com

The Mustangs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation's hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 15th season in 2011, the CPL features 15 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the 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 over 800 alumni drafted and 39 alums make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (at cpleague).