2006-02-10 / Sports

Longtime Wake Forest Coach Takes Cyclones Helm

When the Brooklyn Cyclones begin play this June, they will again do so with a new manager at the helm. George Greer, who was the Head Coach at Wake Forest University for 17 record-setting seasons, has been named the franchise’s sixth manager in six years. Greer, a longtime baseball man, has 1,082 career wins to his credit, including 714 at the NCAA Division I level.

From 1988 through 2004, Greer led Wake Forest to 608 wins, and won three Atlantic Coast Conference Championships (1998, 1999, 2001). He is the winningest coach in school history, and ranks fourth all-time in the highly competitive ACC.

During his tenure, 29 Demon Deacons were named All-Americans. Prior to his time at Wake, Greer was the Head Coach for Davidson College for six years, and began his coaching career when he created the baseball program at UConn-Avery Point in 1972.

Greer is also well-known for his time as a manager in the Cape Cod League. He managed the Cotuit Kettleers for nine seasons (1979-1987), winning three league championships, and being named Manager of the Year twice. During his time with Cotuit, Greer managed future major leaguers such as Ron Darling, Greg Vaughn, Will Clark, Terry Steinbach, and Brooklyn native John Franco.

“I have had the privilege of working with some of the game’s top young players throughout my career,” said Greer, “and I look forward to continuing that tradition, by working with the young stars in the New York Mets organization.

“I am extremely excited about being in Brooklyn this summer, and looking forward to experiencing all the things that have made the Cyclones one of the minors’ most successful franchises.”

Greer’s baseball achievements have not been limited to his time as a coach. As a player, he was a two-time All-American outfielder for the University of Connecticut, who hit .332 in his UConn career.

He also starred in the Cape Cod League, where he was a teammate of the late Thurman Munson, and was the captain of the 1967 United States national team that won the Gold Medal at the Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg. Greer delivered the game-winning hit in the ninth inning of the championship game against Cuba, and was selected as the team’s representative on the medal stand.

He was drafted by St. Louis in 1968, and spent four seasons in the Cardinals’ minor league system, advancing as high as Triple-A.

“We are thrilled to have someone with the experience and pedigree that George Greer brings,” said Cyclones GM Steve Cohen. “He has had success everywhere he’s been, and we’re confident that trend will continue with the Cyclones.”

The Cyclones have also announced their 2006 schedule, which features 38 home games at Coney Island’s Key Span Park. The Cyclones kick off their sixth season on June 20 at home against the cross-town rival Staten Island Yankees.

The Cyclones will take on the Yankees seven times at Key Span Park this season, and will also square off with Divisional opponents Aberdeen and Hudson Valley, among others.

The entire schedule can be seen on the team’s official website, www.brooklyncyclones.com

Season Tickets and Mini Plan packages are available now at www.brooklyncyclones.com or by phone at 718-449-8497.

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