As much of Rutherford County is in a state of emergency, the Forest City Owls are in a serious state of transition.
Vince Lombardi once famously said, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” While this attitude has no place in Little League or high school baseball, the Forest City Owls need to adopt this sentiment as their mantra for the 2014 season.
Cory Dirksen was tabbed as the new Forest City Owls GM in early February. Listen to his plans for the franchise as he sits down with The Daily Courier Sports Editor Travis Durkee in this exclusive one-on-one interview.
Running a Coastal Plain League baseball team is a tough, unique and often misunderstood job. From year to year the general manger is tasked with building a roster of staff members, interns, volunteers, coaches and players that - in the end - makes money for the organization while giving the fans something to enjoy and be proud of. And for the Forest City Owls, they feel they’ve found the right man for the job in Cory Dirksen.
Forest City Owls Baseball announced on Tuesday that Cory Dirksen, who had most recently been the Associate General Manager for University of Texas - El Paso/IMG, is the new Owls General Manager. Dirksen’s wife, Christina Dirksen will join the team as Director of Group Sales.
The Forest City Owls have announced the release of their 2014 schedule. The 58-game schedule is highlighted by three exhibitions and three fireworks shows.
The Forest City Owls Baseball Club has announced that Owls General Manager Jeremy Boler will be leaving the Owls for the Minor Leagues. Boler recently accepted a management position with the Tennessee Smokies, the Southern League Double-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.
Former Forest City Owls skipper David Tufo will not return in 2014. Tufo recently accepted a new position at Santa Clara University, and his increased workload and new role will not permit him the opportunity to coach in Forest City for the upcoming season.
In case you missed it, and by the looks of the attendance numbers you might have, the Forest City Owls had a rough season.
A heap of struggles and close losses sent the Owls to a 17-32 record, the worst in the teams six-year history. It was also the teams first losing record and the first year they missed the Petitt Cup Playoffs.
The Forest City Owls may have finished the year with their worst record in team history at 17-32, but late-season addition Chris Orphanos lessened the blow earning the Rawlings Pitcher of the Week award as awarded by the Coastal Plain League.