SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. ? The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and manager Scott Pickler formally announced two additions to the team?s 2016 coaching staff Wednesday. Joining the team are assistant coach Rob Klein and graduate manager Austin Knight.
A veteran among the coaching ranks, Klein brings a wealth of pitching experience to a team that has assembled some of the nation?s top collegiate arms over the last several summers.
Klein is currently in his second stint as an assistant at the College of the Canyons (Calif.), where he works with the Cougars? pitching staff. After serving in the same position from 1982 to 1984, he returned to COC in 2013. Under his guidance, the program earned three consecutive appearances in the CCCAA State Finals from 1982-84, with the 1983 squad capturing the state championship.
He later moved on to the University of Southern California, spending 19 years as an assistant under head coach Mike Gillespie. During his time in Los Angeles, Klein guided the Trojans to four College World Series appearances and helped the 1998 team to the national title.
A former pitcher at COC, he was drafted by the California Angels in 1979 and later served a brief stint in the Angels? minor league system.
Named graduate manager, Knight holds the same position at Arkansas-Little Rock, where he works under head coach and Y-D alum Chris Curry ?98.
During his playing days at Ole Miss, Knight helped the Rebels reach four consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and was a two-year starter behind the plate. Over the course of his career, he compiled a .257 batting average, 27 RBI, and a .992 fielding percentage.
Before heading to Oxford, Knight was a four-year letterman in baseball at Sumrall (Miss.) High School. Under his father, head coach Larry Knight, he earned Louisville Slugger All-American laurels (2011), along with All-State recognition (2010, 2011). He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 43rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
The Red Sox open the 2016 Cape League season on Friday, June 10, hosting the Wareham Gatemen at Red Wilson Field. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
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