East Texas' new baseball team may still be without a name, but they do have a head coach.
UT Tyler pitching coach Stan Phelps will lead the new summer collegiate baseball franchise based in Kilgore. Phelps is also a recruiting coordinator for UT Tyler.
Phelps will pick the rest of his coaching staff in the coming weeks. He will also pick the roster for the new team from scratch.
"It's very exciting for me, I'm from East Texas," Phelps said. "There's a lot of history behind baseball dating back to the 1940's in East Texas baseball. So for me to be the first head coach of a new TCL team, bringing baseball back to East Texas is very exciting for me.
"We're so excited to have Stan on board as our first head coach," said Mike Lieberman, the team's general manager. "He has had tremendous success in a respected program and he's ready to lead a team of his own. Through his recruiting experience, he knows the talent in the region and has the contacts to attract quality ballplayers."
In Phelps time at UT Tyler, the Patriots won two American Southwest Conference East Division titles and posted a 37-1 record last season.
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