Burch Returns as Manager/Coach of Elmira Pioneers
Returning to the dugout for the 2018 Elmira Pioneers will be no stranger to the Elmira Pioneers. He led the Pioneers to the 2006 Playoffs, the 2007 NYCBL Championship and the 2013 West Division Championship. Matt Burch returns for his 4th stint with the team (2004 Player/Pitching Coach, Manager 2006-2008) (Coach/Manager 2013-2016). Burch is excited to return to the Pioneers along with Associate Coach Brian Hill and Assistant Coach Eugene Barber.
Burch, a NCAA Division 1 All-American (Virginia Commonwealth University) and 1998 1st Round Draft Selection by the Kansas City Royals Burch returns to a club house where he helped the team to prominence in a few short seasons as the Pioneers transitioned from the Independent Professional ranks to the likes of potential Pro-Players in the wooden bat New York Collegiate Baseball league.
Understanding that the players arriving in Elmira are eager for knowledge and routine, it will be important that once again, Burch will be flanked by former Corning Community College Head Coach and last year’s manager of the Pioneers Brian Hill and new comer to the Pioneers is assistant Coach Eugene Barber
"I am thankful that my wife and boys encouraged my return to the dugout this summer. With their support I am eager to immerse myself in another run at returning a Championship to The Elmira Pioneers and our fans. Brian Hill and I are fortunate to be joined by Eugene Barber, as his skill set will only add to the caliber of our clubhouse ambitions. The roster is filled with division one talent and character from all over the country and we look forward to helping these young men become players that Pioneers fans can follow all the way to Major League Baseball. Can’t wait to hear these words: Play Ball! Go Pios!!!---"
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Hills most recent baseball successes have been on the diamond skippering the Elmira Pioneers to another playoff berth last year, Hill spanning from his days at CCC, has helped many student-athletes go on to play Division 1 and Professional baseball.
Eugene Barber Begins his first season as an Assistant Coach with the Pioneers. Barber, is welcomed back to the Pioneers after working as an intern back in 2015. I’m super excited about the opportunity to work with the team stated Barber.
See you all at the ballpark as the 2018 Elmira Pioneers Opening Weekend is Friday June 1st and Saturday June 2nd, both nights will feature Post game FIREWORKS!!!