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JUNE 8, 2005
BOB ZIADIE

KING'S BASEBALL COACH GREELEY SET TO REJOIN BALTIMORE ORIOLES

WILKES-BARRE -- King's College baseball coach Jerry Greeley will return to the Baltimore Orioles minor league system when he reports to Bluefield, WV to serve as a coach for the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League.

Greeley, who enters his eighth year as a professional coach in Major League Baseball's minor league system, returns to the Orioles after spending two years as a minor league coach with the Cincinnati Reds. This will be Greeley's second stint in the Baltimore organization as he spent 1997-98 in Bluefield and 1999-2001 with the Orioles' entry in the Gulf Coast League.

On June 11, he will depart for mini-camp with the Orioles 2005 draft choices in Sarasota, Fl., then report to Bluefield on June 18 to help prepare for the team's 68-game schedule that begins on June 21.

"I left Baltimore after the 2001 season because the new farm director at the time decided all minor league coaches had to be full time and that would have been very difficult for me with my family commitments," Greeley recalled. "I am very honored to have the opportunity to return to such a quality player development department and look forward to helping the Orioles' young players on their first step up the professional baseball ladder."
 
In his most recent minor league assignments, Greeley was in Montana with the Cincinnati Reds Class "A" Billings Mustangs in 2002, and the team's Sarasota entry of the Gulf Coast League in 2003.  Greeley bypassed the opportunity to return to Montana in 2004 due to the heavy travel schedule and significant time he would have spent away from his wife Robin, daughter Lisa (5), and son J.D. (2).

"I am very excited because this is a great opportunity for me to pick up things major league organizations are doing and incorporate them into our program at King's," Greeley added. "The Appalachian League also has a super schedule that will allow me to do the most important thing - to have my family with me for a good portion of the summer. I am very appreciative of the opportunity the Reds' organization gave me during 2002 and 2003, but it was very difficult to take my family to Montana with the tough travel schedule of the Pioneer League."

At King's, Greeley has led the Monarchs two back-to-back MAC Freedom Conference playoff berths in his three years at the helm. He piloted King's to a school-record 24 wins and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Southern Region Tournament in 2005. The Monarchs finished in second-place in the Freedom Conference regular-season standings in 2004 and 2005.

He will enter his fourth year as King's head coach when he returns to run the Monarchs' fall program in September. He is a 1989 graduate of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.




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