The Bellingham Bells have hired Drew George and Ben Greenslitt as assistant coaches for the 2010 West Coast League season. George and Greenslitt, who reunite after playing together at Lower Columbia College in 2005, fill a vacancy left behind by the promotion of Kevin Matthews to head coach last September.
George currently serves as a volunteer assistant coach at Oregon State University where he played for two seasons, winning a National Championship with the Beavers in 2007. He returns to the West Coast League where he played for the Bend Elks in 2007. In two seasons at OSU, George was a mainstay at third base and hit for a .292 average with 18 doubles, three triples and four home runs.
Prior to his playing stint at Oregon State, George spent two seasons at Lower Columbia College, where he helped guide the club to an 82-14 record. Following a freshman season in which he batted .340 with eight doubles and three triples George was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 44th round but did not sign.
Greenslitt is an assistant coach at Lower Columbia College where he coaches outfielders and serves as a special assistant to the athletic director at the athletic study table coordinator. Greenslitt returned to Lower Columbia College where he played for two seasons after wrapping up his playing career at Gonzaga University.
In his first season playing at LCC, Greenslitt hit .333 as the designated hitter for the NWAACC Champion 2005 team. He followed that up with an outstanding sophomore campaign in which he hit a team-leading .429 with 30 runs and 24 RBI as the Red Devils regular left fielder.
At Gonzaga, Greenslitt helped the Bulldogs to the 2007 West Coast Conference championship game in a reserve role, but suffered from injuries that limited him to just one game as a senior with the Zags.
“We’re excited to have Ben and Drew join our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” said Bells general manager Justin Stottlemyre. “The two of them are proven winners on the field and their playing and coaching experience will help further develop our players.”
The Bellingham Bells kick off their 12th season June 4, 2010 at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. Great group, season and single-game tickets are still available for the 2010 season by calling the Bells Ticket Office at 360-746-0406.
About the Bellingham Bells
The Bellingham Bells are a professionally operated collegiate summer baseball team in the West Coast League. The team is owned and operated by Brett Sports & Entertainment which includes Major League Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett and Brett Sports managing partner Bobby Brett. The Bellingham Bells strive to provide their fans, sponsors, and partners with the very best in competitive baseball and affordable entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere. The team is comprised of college baseball players from across the country. In recent years, the Bells have produced a number of Major League products including Jeff Francis of the 2007 National League Champion Colorado Rockies and Whatcom County natives Ty Taubenheim and Kevin Richardson.