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Coaching staff announced, Adamson to lead Bite
08/09/2018 12:01 AM ET
 

The Adelaide Bite, proudly presented by SA Power Networks, will be led by Manager Chris Adamson for the 2018/19 season, with a familiar coaching staff joining the former player.

Following two seasons as assistant coach, which included a brief stint as caretaker manager, Adamson took the reins last season as the Bite fought hard but finished sixth.

The season was not without any positives, though, with 17-year-old Curtis Mead signing with the Philadelphia Phillies following his debut. Adamson ultimately handed out debuts to eight teenagers.

Thirty-year-old Adamson was also an assistant coach for Team Australia's two-match series against Japan in March.

General Manager Nathan Davison says his re-signing highlights Adelaide's dedication to investing in and developing local coaching talent.

"We identified towards the end of his playing career that coaching and learning more about the management of the game was something he was interested in," Davison said.

"We invested in both him as a person and also expanding his skill set and experience, and we are very confident with the long-term view that Adamson is the person to lead our club while turning him into one of the best managers our country has seen."

Former Adelaide Giant, Michael Dunn, is back as Adamson's most senior assistant coach, offering invaluable knowledge from decades of experience.

"He makes up part of our all-asset staff and brings expertise and experience in all aspects of the game," Davison said.

"Never backward when presenting his opinion and he provides a great foil for our manager and other staff."

Returning as pitching coach is former Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Luke Prokopec.

Prokopec was the head baseball coach for the Queensland Academy of Sport prior to joining the Bite last season and Davison says his ability to pick out future talent is a major asset.

"He brings his passion coupled with credibility of all he has achieved both in making it to the highest level in the Major Leagues, and also his coaching at QAS and national programs," he said.

"Proko is more than a pitching coach; he has a unique ability to assess baseball talent levels and identify areas in which we can help players get better."

The local flavour continues with former Bite slugger, Scott Gladstone, signing on as hitting coach after joining the coaching panel midway through the 2017/18 season.

Gladstone, 32, was a member of the inaugural Bite roster while he coached the SA Schoolboys team to silver at the SSA Baseball Championships earlier this year.

Davison says with this coaching panel the club feels incredibly confident moving forward.

"Not only is Gladstone a former star of the team, but he's one of our state's real students of the game and provides his own way of viewing how our team and staff function," Davison said.

"The Bite has identified the need for good people to be involved with all aspects of our organisation and with the coaching staff in place we satisfy that requirement.

"Couple that with passion, motivation, culture and delivery and I am very excited by what lies ahead."

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