Updated July 15 2008

2008 CPL All-Star Coaches Announced

The 2008 CPL All-Star Game coaches have been announced.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Coastal Plain League announced today the 2008 All-Star Game head coaches and assistant coaches. For the second straight year, the CPL All-Star Game will feature all 14 CPL head coaches.

For the first time, Florence’s Wes Davis will take the helm of the American CPL All-Star team. Davis’ assistant head coach will be Matt Hayes of Forest City. Serving as the assistant coaches for the American squad will be Tim Murray (Asheboro), Tim Medlin (Columbia), Robbie Wilson (Outer Banks), Daniel Hersey (Wilmington), and Dave Carfley (Petersburg).

The National CPL All-Stars will be led by Edenton’s Jason Krug. Krug will have Fayetteville’s Darrell Handelsman as his assistant head coach, while their assistant coaches will be Eli Benefield (Gastonia), Barry Powell (Martinsville), Hank Morgan (Peninsula), Jeff Steele (Wilson) and Matt McCay (Thomasville).

Davis (Texas at Tyler) led the RedWolves to the South Division First Half Championship after posting a 20-7 record. Hayes (Limestone) guided the Owls to a great start for the 2008 season, going 17-10 to win the West Division First Half Championship.

Meanwhile, Krug (Louisiana at Lafayette) also led his team, the Steamers to a 20-7 record and the North Division First Half Championship. Handelsman?s SwampDogs went 15-13 in the first half, good for second-best in the South behind the RedWolves.

The 2008 Coastal Plain League All-Star Festivities will feature several attractions during the two days. During Fan Fest on Monday, July 21, fans can look forward to the All-Star Home Run Derby, while on Tuesday, July 22, the main attraction will be the 2008 CPL All-Star Game. Both will be held at the home of the Asheboro Copperheads, McCrary Park in Asheboro, N.C. For ticket information, please call the Copperheads at (336) 460-7018 or visit them on the web at www.teamcopperhead.com.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league, now in its twelfth season. Featuring 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, the CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with wooden bats during the summer months. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com.

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