Category Archives: Baseball News

HAYDEN BANDEL NAMED 2022 DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING & MEDIA RELATIONS

May 23, 2022 – Virginia Beach, VA

The Tidewater Summer League is excited to announce the hiring of Hayden Bandel as our 2022 Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations.

Hayden Bandel lives in East Windsor, New Jersey and just finished his freshman year at Temple University studying Media Studies and Production. In college, Hayden got involved as a reporter for Owl Sports Update and an on-air host at the college radio station, WHIP. He also has done work behind the scenes, filming games and being the replay operator for ESPN+ broadcasts. Next year, Hayden is looking forward to becoming a peer mentor at Klein.

You can hear Hayden on the call and follow all of the action this summer on the league’s new U-Tube channel, “Tidewater Summer League Live Stream”. The league will live stream all home games for the Greenbrier Knights, Suffolk Voyagers, Norfolk Redbirds and Virginia Beach Sea Dogs, so join us online, when you can’t get out to the ballpark, for another summer of exciting collegiate summer league action.

VOYAGERS ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD COACH

May 8, 2022 – Suffolk, VA

HEAD COACH: PHIL FORBES III

The Suffolk Voyagers are excited to announce Phil Forbes III will be leading the ballclub this summer.

Coach Forbes is the head coach at Menchville HS, where he has lead the Monarchs for the past 35 seasons. He has won several Peninsula District Championships, Eastern Regional Titles, and the 2009 Virginia High School State Championship, Ranked #1 in the USA and he was selected the 2009 USA Today Coach of the Year, The Voyagers are very excited to have Coach Forbes at the helm this summer.

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Joining Coach Forbes on the Voyagers coaching staff this summer is Coach Sam Avery. Phil Forbes IV, Jeff Eicher and Cary Mosby.

ASSISTANT COACH: SAM AVERY

Coach Avery is a graduate of The University of North Carolina. Coach Avery played two years in the Tidewater Summer League with the Newport News Boop Shute participating in two Collegiate Summer League World Series tournaments with the Boop Shute. Currently, he is the pitching coach at Menchville High School and works with pitchers at Hitters Warehouse Academy-Baseball Training.

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ASSISTANT COACH: PHIL FORBES IV

Coach Phil Forbes, IV is an assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for Menchville High School. He has been on the MHS varsity staff for seven years and coaching baseball for over 12 years.

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ASSISTANT COACH: JEFF EICHER

Coach Eicher played baseball collegiate baseball at Christopher Newport University. He played his high school ball at Menchville HS, where he presently serves as an assistant coach.

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ASSISTANT COACH: CARY MOSBY

Coach Mosby is a graduate of Longwood University and The College of William and Mary. He is the owner of Diamonds Edge Training and Development where athletes focus on both the physical and mental aspects of the game. Coach Mosby currently serves as an assistant coach at Menchville HS.

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REDBIRDS ANNOUNCE NEW HEAD COACH

May 7, 2022 – Norfolk, VA

The Norfolk Redbirds are excited to announce Chris Dotolo as the new head coach of the ball club.

Chris is a Norfolk native and a graduate of Norfolk Academy where he played football, basketball,  and baseball.  After playing baseball at VCU and Virginia Wesleyan,  he played professional baseball for 5 seasons in the San Francisco Giants organization.  He then spent the next 16 years as a college baseball coach, 15 at the Division 1 level. 

His first job was as an assistant at Mary Washington University under Tom Sheridan.  He spent a summer as an assistant for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League prior to a 4 year stint as an assistant at Dartmouth College (NH) under legendary coach Bob Whalen.  His next stop was St. John’s University (NY) in the Big East Conference where he was an assistant for 3 years for ABCA Hall of Fame Coach Ed Blankmeyer.   After St. John’s Chris was the head coach at  Hofstra University (NY) for 8 years including their inaugural season as a member of the CAA. 

He is now a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Virginia Beach.  Since his return to Hampton Roads he has coached high school baseball at Norfolk Academy and is currently an assistant at Cape Henry Collegiate for former ODU standout Tim Hummel.  He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Wesleyan, a Master’s degree in Sports Management from George Mason University,  and a Master’s degree in Financial Planning and Law from Regent University. 

The Redbirds are also excited to announce that Jack Markey will be joining Coach Dotolo’s coaching staff, serving as assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Jack is a Norfolk native and graduate of Norfolk Academy where he played basketball and baseball. Jack was the 2014 TCIS Player of the Year and TCIS champion under coach Chris Dotolo. Jack’s father, Jim Markey, is a legendary local high school basketball coach, coaching for 20 years in the Norfolk area.

Jack attended James Madison University where he received his bachelor’s degree in history. Since returning to Hampton Roads he has coached baseball at Catholic High School where he is currently the Head Coach. Jack works as an Inside Sales Representative for Chesapeake Marine Refrigeration in Norfolk.   

KNIGHTS ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF HEAD COACH SLAUGHTER

May 6, 2022 – Chesapeake, VA

The Greenbrier Knights are excited to announce the return of Coach Slaughter for his 31st season coaching with the ball club.

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Coach Slaughter, a native & resident of Chesapeake, VA, is entering his 31st season coaching in the Greenbrier Knights organization, serving the past 11 seasons as head coach.

Coach Slaughter is the former head baseball coach at IC Norcom HS in Portsmouth, VA. Coach Slaughter played collegiate baseball at Virginia Wesleyan College.