New Market Rebels Welcome Nolan Nieman Back as Head Coach
NEW MARKET, VA, October 16, 2007—When the New Market Rebels take the field for their Valley League Baseball opener next June they will be playing for a new manager but one with a very familiar face and ties to both the ball club and the community. Nolan Nieman will be returning to lead the Rebels after assisting manager Blaine Brown with the 2006 team that finished in first place with a team record of 32 victories.
Nieman is beginning his first season as assistant coach at his alma mater DeSales University located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The 2005 graduate Nieman is staying in the family business as his father, Tim, is returning for an 18th season at the helm of the Division III school baseball program. The father and son teamed up to guide the Bulldogs to the 2003 D-III College World Series in Nolan’s sophomore season.
Nieman joined the staff at Penn the season after graduating before the opportunity presented itself to join the Bulldogs and coach along side his father back home in Center Valley.
“We couldn’t have found a better person to represent our town of New Market and our franchise,” Rebel President and General Manager Bruce Alger said. “He symbolizes the high standards we are all about with our organization.”
Alger and Nieman have already been very busy as the entire Valley League attempts to get the right group of players signed for next year before the holidays. While Evan Brannon was unable to return as manager due to time restraints, his younger brother Dale Brannon (U-Conn) joins Nick Stanley (NC State), Aaron Yoder (VMI) and Daniel Malone (Northwest Missouri State) as members of the 2007 team who will lace them up for Nieman and Alger in 2008.
“I am looking forward to working with Bruce as he is a tremendous person that I know I can turn to if I need help,” Nieman said. “Just being able to be a part of something special where this community and organization is concerned is an honor.”
Brown and Nieman teamed up to lead the Rebels to a national ranking as high as number 4 in the country in 2006 and Nieman is looking to create the same formula for success with the 2008 edition of the Rebels.
“Our team will very much be built on pitching and defense; our staff will be geared up to hold teams down,” Nieman added. “Our roster will include some of the best defensive players in the country including Mike Mooney who was just named JUCO defensive player of the year and is on his way to the University of Florida.”
Alger and Nieman continue to search the countryside in an effort to find the best ball players that best fit the Rebel way but the search for leadership was a success.
“Nolan brings with him an excellent combination of experience and knowledge of the game,” Alger added. “His work ethic and dedication to the game sets an excellent example for today’s collegiate athlete.”
If the harmony on the field matches that in the front office then the Rebels should be in for a successful season under Nieman.
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