Thursday, January 8, 2009

New Pierre Legion Coach Named

PIERRE — The Post 8 Legion baseball team has a new coach.
Bob Sullivan, an assistant wrestling coach at Riggs High School and last year’s split-squad Teener baseball coach, will take the Legion baseball reins. "I’m definitely excited. I hope we can get Pierre into the upper tier of South Dakota Legion baseball this season," Sullivan said.
The hiring was finalized at a baseball board meeting Monday night.
Sullivan said he applied for the position in November and interviewed in December.
"Like with any new position, it’s a little overwhelming, but I’m really looking forward to it," Sullivan said.
Sullivan replaces Bill Ellwanger, who served one season as Legion coach after replacing longtime Legion coach Jim Iversen.
Now in his second season as an assistant wrestling coach, Sullivan was also a volunteer Legion assistant coach two seasons ago.
A native of Mitchell, Sullivan played Legion ball there and was part of a state championship team before playing four years of baseball at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Sullivan teaches physical education and health at Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre, in addition to his coaching duties.
Longtime assistant coach Bill Gayton was also named Teener split squad coach. Gayton has served as an assistant coach within the program for the past 3 seasons.
He also was the "A" Teener head coach for Pierre in 2003 and 2004.
Sullivan said Post 8’s prospects for the upcoming season should be good.
"We should have a good group of returning players and a pretty good group moving up from Teeners, so we’ll just need to be able to put that all together, and get things to gel" he said.
Sullivan also said that he was working on putting together the Post 8 schedule for the season, and said Pierre would open with its traditional games against Rapid City Post 22 over Memorial Day weekend.The other two Teener coaches and an assistant Legion coach have yet to be named by the Post 8 baseball board.

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