(Neb.)- Western Nebraska Pioneers Name Head Coach
GERING, NE – The Western Nebraska Pioneers of the Expedition League today announced the hiring of Jimmy Turk as the team’s inaugural Head Coach.
Turk, a native of Owasso, Oklahoma, currently is in his third year as an assistant coach at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the recruiting coordinator, works with hitters, outfielders and coaches first base. He also assists with the strength and conditioning program. In his first season at South Mountain, Turk has assisted in developing 14 Division 1 players in his two years at South. South Mountain lead the country in stolen bases in 2017 with 200. Along with his coaching duties at South Mountain he also is the Sports Information Director where he covers all nine of the Cougar athletic teams. He also runs student success for all athletics, works in the fitness center and teaches PED 101,115 classes.
“Jimmy was referred to me by people I know and trust as someone who understands summer collegiate ball,” Pioneers owner Chuck Heeman said. “In talking to Jimmy I found a person who not only understands the on-field game but the overall development of players as people beyond the baseball field, which is part of our mission here at the Pioneers. Our players aren’t commodities, they are people who are seeking development on and off the field. Pioneers players represent our community and will be held to a high standard and Jimmy understands that. On the field, Jimmy has a proven record of success in collegiate and in summer ball, and has the connections to bring us the kind of players we need for success. His record in recruiting players for college and summer ball, and taking his players to higher levels of success, made him the obvious choice. We’re proud to have Jimmy join us on this journey and glad he’s with us.”
Turk coached the last two summers in the Northwoods League for the Waterloo Bucks. He has been the recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and coached third base as well. He did field maintenance and assisted with all travel plans on the road such as hotel, meals and workout facilities. Waterloo had an eight game win improvement the two years Turk has been there, going 39-33 this past summer and tying a first half franchise win total of 24. Turk coached six NWL All-Stars in his two years in Waterloo.
Before coaching at South Mountain Community College, Turk coached for seven years at Slammers Baseball during the Fall and Summer in Colorado. He also coached two years at Ponderosa High School and three years at Cherry Creek High School winning a State Championship in 2012. During his time at Slammers, Cherry Creek and Ponderosa, Turk coached 148 players who went on to play college baseball, including 73 who went on to play Division 1 baseball and 23 of whom were selected in the MLB Draft. Turk was an associate scout for the Tampa Bay Rays from 2015-2016.
Turk has a BSBA in Management with a minor in Marketing from Colorado State University at Pueblo and currently resides in Chandler, Arizona.
The Pioneers and the Expedition League begin their inaugural season on May 25, 2018. For information on the Expedition League visit www.theexpeditionleague.com and for more information on the Pioneers visit www.wnpioneers.com.
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