Cofffey lands coaching gig with Owls

May. 10, 2013 @ 05:12 AM

The Forest City Owls announced that local Major League Baseball pitcher Todd Coffey has signed a coaching contact with the team for an Assistant Coaching position for the 2013 season.

“I’m real excited about joining the Owls and to definitely be able to try and help these young men get to the next level and the next step.” said Coffey “You know I’ve been there; I’ve seen a lot of things and know some little ways to help improve their game. Just to be a part of the county and be a part of the community while I’m back rehabbing right now and to be able to contribute to baseball is what I love and is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.”

Coffey was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 41st round of the 1998 MLB draft out of Chase High School in Forest City. Coffey spent four years with the Reds and in 2008 Coffey was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers and stayed with the team until 2010. Coffey signed with the Washington Nationals in 2011 and then played for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the 2012 season. During the 2012 season Coffey reinjured his shoulder and would have to undergo Tommy John Surgery and miss the start of the 2013 season. Coffey is currently rehabbing from his shoulder surgery and looking to sign as a free agent in mid-June or early July.

“I am very excited to have Todd join our staff. He will be able to give our bullpen pitchers some great inside knowledge of the Major Leagues and how to help improve their pitching,” said Owls General Manager Jeremy Boler. “This is such a unique opportunity for our team and our players, I am very thankful that Todd wants to help his local team and give back to his community.”

“I think this is a great opportunity for the organization,” said Owls head coach David Tufo. “Todd offers a truly unique outlook and experience for us and I am excited for our whole team, not just our pitchers, to learn from him.”

The Owls kick off the season at home Tuesday, May 28 against the Thomasville Hi-Tops.