Sunday, 5 April 2020
The British Baseball Federation (BBF), announces the appointment of Jonathan Rodriguez, as the new U18 National Team head coach. Jonathan has served as president and head coach to the Long Beach Legends Baseball Club in the United States. The Legends is a baseball programme in southern California for college-aged players.
Under the stewardship of coach Rodriguez, the Legends programme has helped develop 17 Major League Baseball draft selections since 2018. Also, the Legends programme earned an overall record of 222 wins, and 118 loses.
Coach Rodriguez moved to the UK in 2019 with his family and has been assisting our National Team programme since.
A spokesperson for the BBF said, "to have a young coach with international experience, proven track record, excellent coaching skills and good character, exemplifies the GB Baseball programme. Coach Rodriguez, open personality, lends a lot to engage and get buy-in from players and parents most affected by our transformational change. The same goes for all our other coaches, which we are equally proud of and grateful.
The spokesperson for the BBF went on to say, "The BBF and our Great Britain National Team Programme has been going through a strategic transformational change over the last four years. For example,
- A new National Team Programme Official was elected in Jason Pearce who has been leading the change for GB Baseball.
- Our Great Britain National Team Programme, in 2018, has seen the start of our U12 team.
- New head coaches have been appointed in our U12, U15, U23 teams and now our U18 team.
- Last year, the BBF was able to help raise funding to finance every team compete internationally, a first in the history of the Programme. The mentioned all while the BBF is a self-funded National Governing Body and our membership fees were unaffected.
Harnessing transformational change throughout the GB Baseball Programme with the addition of head coach Jonathan Rodriguez provides us with a compelling roadmap of putting the right leaders in charge of GB Baseball at every age division, inclusive of a great Director of Operations in Glen Robertson, and good British players, to elevate British Baseball domestically and in the international stage. Last year, the GB Baseball Programme earned a WBSC ranking of 31 up to eight spots, and for the first time, we saw a National Team team competing at every age category. We believe the GB Baseball Programme is full of vision and direction to be a top global programme."
Our National Teams are expected to resume later this year when baseball operations are given the all-clear. To learn more about our National Team Programme, how to tryout you can e-mail Jason Pearce, at firstname.lastname@example.org