Date: March 12th, 2014
Edmonton Prospects bring Franchuk onboard for 2014 season as special advisor and coach
Edmonton (AB) – Edmonton Prospects owner Pat Cassidy is adding fuel to the drive for a stronger operation and a league pennant in 2014. Baseball heavyweight and Edmonton Sports Hall of Famer, Orv Franchuk, is joining the organization as coach and special advisor, effective May 1st.
“Bringing Orv onboard will ensure we address the demands of the front office, increase our media, sponsor and community outreach, and add to Ray Brown’s already deep coaching staff,” Cassidy said. “Orv brings a broad base of experience in pro ball and he knows Edmonton and the local baseball community – it’s a win, win for fans, sponsors, and athletes in this region.”
Franchuk has nearly 40 years of professional baseball experience as a manager, coach, scout and hitting coordinator with the Cincinnati Reds, Anaheim Angels, Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. He sports a World Series ring from his post with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and seven minor league championships.
In high performance amateur competition, his baseball career includes coach of the Canadian National Team at the 2007 World Baseball Cup, the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, and the 1978 Amateur World Series. Franchuk was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
He earned his Masters Degree in Education from Long Beach State and taught in the Edmonton Public School system for 24 years before making the transition to a full-time baseball career.
“Getting back to Edmonton brings me full circle. I was one of the first kids from this region to get a chance to play baseball in the U.S. college system back in the 1960s and that was the first step to a 37-year career in the sport. Edmonton has become a hotbed of baseball talent since then and I’m looking forward to working with Pat, Ray and others in the operation to build the Edmonton Prospects franchise this coming season,” said Franchuk.
A summer collegiate baseball program, the Edmonton Prospects play a 46-game schedule in the [11-team] Western Major Baseball League. The Prospects open their 2014 season on May 30th with a four-game home stand, three against the Lethbridge Bulls and one against the Okotoks Dawgs. Games start at 7:05 p.m. at TELUS Field. For a full Edmonton Prospects season schedule, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, go to www.prospectsbaseballclub.com. For details of the Western Major Baseball League go to www.wmbl.ca.
For more information:
Media Contact: Orv Franchuk
Team Contact: Lynda Holden
ORV FRANCHUK TO JOIN EDMONTON PROSPECTS AS COACH & SPECIAL ADVISOR
- 2013 LOS ANGELES DODGERS – Hitting Coach AA
- 2011-2012 EDMONTON CAPITALS – Manager
- 2009-2010 SAN DIEGO PADRES – Hitting Coach AAA/AA
- 2008-2009 HOUSTON ASTROS – Hitting Coordinator
- 2002-2006 BOSTON RED SOX – Hitting Coordinator
- 1995-2002 OAKLAND ATHLETICS – Manager, Hitting Coordinator, Catching Coordinator, Hitting Coach
- 1988-1994 ANAHEIM ANGELS – Hitting Coach, Scout
- 1977-1984 CINCINNATI REDS – Scout
Master of Arts Degree in Education
California State University at Long Beach
Long Beach, California
Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education
Los Angeles, California
Orv and his wife Susan make their home in Meridian, Idaho.