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Michael Collins named head coach of the Cavalry
Canberra native and current San Diego Padres coach to lead the team
09/10/2012 9:29 AM ET
Canberra, ACT: Today the Canberra Cavalry, in conjunction with the Australian Baseball League, announce the signing of Michael Collins as Head Coach. Collins will lead the charge for the Cavalry for the 2012-13 campaign. It was previously announced that Steve Schrenk would return as head coach, however circumstances have changed making him unable to travel to Australia this summer. Collins was promoted from Assistant Coach to Head Coach.

For the past two year Collins, a Canberra local, has been the Head Coach of the Dominican Summer League within the San Diego Padres organisation.

"It is a great opportunity to return to where it all started for me. Canberra has always been close to my heart and I am excited to have the opportunity to bring a championship home," says Collins.

Collins made his minor league playing debut in 2001 with the Arizona Angels and continued his playing career for ten years reaching as high as AAA with Portland Beavers, affiliated with the San Diego Padres. Collins also played for the Canberra Cavalry from 2010-2012. In the 2010-2011 season he was named Cavalry MVP and won the ABL batting title.

"It is exciting to see a local favourite return home and be the face of the Cavalry coaching staff this season," Cavalry General Manager Peter Bishell said. "Michael brings a strong wealth of baseball knowledge as well as an understanding of how to develop young talent and turn them into major leaguers."

Steve Schrenk will remain part of the Cavalry organisation as a US based scout.

Cavalry Board Chair, Ivan Slavich said "It is disappointing for the Cavalry that Steve Schrenk will not be able to return this year. He has done a great job over the past two seasons and I know he was looking forward to being here this season. However, he can't be here and now Michael Collins has the full support of the Cavalry Board as we prepare for what I am sure will be our best season yet".

The Cavalry open the season at The Fort on 2nd November against the Sydney Blue Sox. Single Tickets are now on sale, as well as Group and Super Maxi Patio parties for organisations of any size who would like to enjoy a great night of baseball together. It is still not too late to enlist in the Cavalry with a season membership.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.