European Baseball Teams Ink American Coaches For 2017
UNITED STATES – A trio of American coaches will be calling the shots for their respective clubs in two of Europe’s top baseball leagues this upcoming 2017 season.
Don Freeman is leaving reigning German champion Mainz Athletics after two seasons to take over the helm of the Munich-Haar Disciples. The 66-year-old, who coached USA Baseball U16 national teams at two Pan American Games and a pair of World Championships, also guided the USA Baseball womens national team to a bronze medal at the 2010 World Cup.
Oregon native Ty Eriksen has been named the new skipper for the Dutch Baseball League club Pickles UVV. The 32-year-old played in the German Baseball League with the Munich-Haar Disciples for nine seasons.
A scout for the Baltimore Orioles organization, Eriksen finished sixth in the 2015 All-Star Game fan voting and has also played in Israel, Hungary and Switzerland.
Daniel Husband will be the new head coach of the Mannheim Tornados. The Tennessee product coached the third-division German club Deggendorf Dragons in 2016.
The 38-year-old played in Germany, Sweden and South Africa, and won the 2008 German championship with the Buchbinder Legionaere Regensburg.
Photo: Munich-Haar Disciples