The Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational is thrilled to announce LaTroy Hawkins as the first Head Coach. The consummate veteran of the MLB brings in a considerable amount of experience, knowledge and veteran leadership to the CSBI.
Hawkins played 21 seasons in the MLB for 11 different franchises with the bulk of those seasons coming with the team that drafted him, the Minnesota Twins. He appeared in 1,042 games compiling a 75-94 record, 4.31 ERA, and striking out 983 batters.
Off the field Hawkins' service makes him an ideal leader for the athletes participating in the CSBI. This is illustrated in his accolades that he received for his work in the community. He was given the Michael Harrison Award for Community Service with the Brewers in 2011 and in 2016 was given the Jack Lang Award which is given to a person that has had a long meritorious service to baseball.
Retiring after the 2015 season Hawkins was hired as a special assistant to the Minnesota Twins organization. He was invited to Spring Training for his first stint as a guest coach. Twins bullpen coach Eddie Guardado had this to say about Hawkins in a 2016 story, “He was kind of coaching when he was playing, for the last couple of years, he did a lot of that. In my eyes, I see him as a coach.”. He now joins the CSBI to coach some talented college prospects this summer.
“We are beyond excited to have Coach Hawkins join the coaching staff” said Brian Nelson the Director of Operations. “I’m excited for our players, they will get to hang out with and learn from a man that has seen it all in the game of baseball.”
Coach Hawkins will be joining nearly 100 other stand-out college baseball players in early June for the CSBI. The 3 Day event will be broadcasted via a Pay-Per-View subscription which starts at $59.95 and includes the entire 6-game tournament LIVE and through Video on Demand!
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