The Peninsula Oilers are excited to announce the hiring of Dan Lemon and Jake Silverman to the 2010 coaching staff, Oilers General Manager Shawn Maltby and Head Coach Dennis Machado announced this week.
Lemon and Silverman replace former Oilers assistant coach Bobby Brown, who coached with Machado last season. Brown accepted the managerial job for the Las Cruces Vaqueros of the Continental Baseball League, an independent professional league.
"We are extremely excited for Bob," said Maltby of his departing assistant. "Being a manager in professional baseball has always been his goal. There is no doubt that he will be successful and continue moving up the ranks in pro ball.
"Bob will still be involved with the Oilers as we navigate our way into the season and on to Wichita in some capacity."
Lemon joins the Oilers staff from Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, Calif., where he has been one of the most successful high school coaches in the state for the past 20 years. His teams have been crowned Southwest Yosemite League champions eight times, won CIF Central Section Championships in back-to-back years (2008 and 2009) and he has been voted Coach of the Year four times.
Lemon has professional coaching experience, having been an assistant coach for League Champion Nashua Pride (2007) with former Red Sox Manager Butch Hobson. He's also spent time as a scout with the Toronto Blue Jays.
"Dan Lemon is a great coach whose experience and knowledge of the game will be a great benefit to the Oilers," said Machado. "Like Bob, 'Lem' is an outstanding tactician of the swing and I look forward to seeing him work with our hitters this year."
Rounding out the Oilers staff in 2010 will be Cal State Fullerton graduate assistant Jake Silverman. Silverman was a catcher at Fullerton Community College and Cal State Fullerton. After completing his collegiate career in 2008, Jake immediately joined the coaching staff at CSUF and is now entering his second year as a member of the Titans' staff.
"Jake brings a work ethic and intensity that our players will feed off of," said Machado. "He comes from one of the top programs in the country and works with some of the most respected coaches in college baseball. Jake will work with our catchers as well as run our defense during the season.
"I am looking forward to working with these guys this summer," Maltby added. "Dan and Jake are quality coaches who are on the same page as Machado with how we want our team to play -- aggressive, hard-nosed baseball."
Oilers Corner is submitted by Shawn Maltby.
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