Stambersky back in Oilers dugout
Damian Stambersky has agreed to return for his second season as an Oilers assistant coach.
The former catcher is in his third season as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I University of Arkansas-Little Rock and still calls Kansas City, Mo., his hometown. Stambersky is a graduate of UALR and is single.
Other staff members returning for the 2002 season are trainer Joe Jones, batgirl Danielle Caswell and batboy Travis Pierce.
Jones, the son of Donald and Beth Jones of Nikiski, attends Pacific Lutheran College in Tacoma, Wash., where he majors in athletic training.
Caswell is an eighth grader at Soldotna Middle School. Pierce is a sixth grader at Kenai Middle School.
The 2002 college season now is under way. UCLA opened with its annual game against the Bruins alumni. Nick Lyon (Oilers 1998-99) got the start on the mound and was relieved by Doug Silva (Oilers 2001) in the shutout of the alumni team made up of former professionals.
Lyon, a former infielder-outfielder, sat out the 2001 college season and has returned as a pitcher. During his two seasons with the Oilers, Lyon played every position except catcher.
Former Oilers head coach Gary Adcock is the pitching coach at the Pacific 10 school.
Stephen Drew, a shortstop at Florida State University signed to play for the Oilers in 2002, is hitting over .400 in his first four games with one homer run and one triple.
Oilers corner is submitted weekly during the offseason by Mike Baxter, baseball operations manager for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League. For more information, contact the Oilers at 283-7133 or stop by the office on the corner of Cook Avenue and Main Street in Kenai.
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