It will be “something old, something new” for the Fayetteville SwampDogs who have named David Tufo as their head coach for 2014.
Tufo was assistant coach for the Dogs during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and led the team to an 18-10 record while serving as interim manager in 2012.
“I am very excited to be returning to The Swamp, where baseball is fun,” said Tufo, who is currently Director of Baseball Operations at Santa Clara University in California. “The fans, the front office, everything associated with the organization made coming back an easy decision.”
Tufo is hoping to reprise his success as interim manager, which saw him lead the Dogs to within a half game of the championship and be named Associate Head Coach of the Coastal Plain League’s American All-Star team in 2012. “I promise our fans we will be playing exciting baseball this year,” said Tufo, “and as always the fan experience at The Swamp will be something the entire family can enjoy.”
“We’re pleased and proud to have David rejoin the SwampDogs,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “He brings with him not only great baseball experience, but also familiarity with our community and a real commitment to making The Swamp a fun place to be.”
“I like for my players to play with passion and hustle, the way baseball is meant to be played,” Tufo said. “This style of play brings excitement to the game, while also providing an exciting environment for the fans.”
The Fayetteville SwampDogs are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, entering their 14th season in the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,100 alumni drafted and 65 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (@CPLBaseball).