Gabe Memmert joins the Bells staff
The Bellingham Bells are excited to announce the completion of the 2013 coaching staff. The Bells would like to welcome new assistant coach Gabe Memmert to the family. “He has great character and he is a baseball man,” said head coach Gary Hatch. “He’ll wear the Bells colors with pride.”
After playing high school ball for one season at Sehome HS under coach Hatch, Memmert went on to play D1 baseball. He spent time at Edmonds CC, Lassen Junior College, and McNeese State, before ending up in the Northeast at the University of Maine. After graduating as a Maine Black Bear, Memmert spent 12 years on the independent league circuit. His latest and final stop was with the Fort Worth Cats of the North American League. “My mind still wants to play,” said Memmert. “But when coach Hatch approached me about the opportunity, I knew I couldn’t pass this up.”
Memmert currently works in Houston, TX, where he is an instructor at a baseball facility. In his non playing time over the last 7 years, he has spent time coaching 18 and 16 year old teams, as well as coaching in another summer league operating out of Houston. In addition to the baseball jobs in Houston, Memmert worked at Baseball USA from 2005 to 2011 as a full time hitting and fielding instructor. “He still wants to play, but he feels this is a great fit for him,” said Hatch. “He knows our staff; our style and our commitment to the game and to our players.”
General Manager Nick Caples called Memmert a proven and talented coach. “He brings another dimension to our coaching staff.” Caples also called him a perfect fit, “due to his commitment to developing these young men not only as baseball players, but as young adults off the field as well.”
Memmert joins head coach Gary Hatch, pitching coach Jim Clem, and assistant coach Bill Calkins in charge of the Bells for the 2013 summer season.