In their weekly newsletter, Dutch hoofdklasse club De Glaskoning Twins announced on a side note that head coach Kevin Roovers will not return in 2018.
According to the head of the club’s technical management, Patrick van Gool, Roovers has laid a solid foundation in the past three years in which he helped the team promote to the hoofdklasse and made sure the club stayed there. In this year’s promotion/relegation competition, Twins made a strong impression under the helm of Roovers as they won nine out of ten games and finished on top of the standings of that competition.
De Glaskoning Twins had a dramatic start of the season as they kept losing game after game. But after about twelve games, some improvement was visible. The pitching slowly got better and the offense started to take off. Nevertheless, the club finished last in the regular competition and had to play in the promotion/relegation competition.
Patrick van Gool stated that De Glaskoning Twins wants to make the next step towards the top four of the Dutch hoofdklasse. The technical management thinks another coaching staff can guide the team to take this step and therefore the club is talking with other persons and the first base and third base coaches Kevin Knollenburg and Shurty Tremus.
Only if the name of the head coach will be clear, the club can start to attract reinforcements. With Chris Gé and Mick Molenaar hanging up their spikes and Gino Jonis likely to leave for Curaçao, there may be a need for reinforcements in the outfield and the left side of the infield.
Also in the pitching staff, the club may need some new faces as Daisuke Yamashita and Jeremy Atkinson likely will not return to Oosterhout next year. He still has to make up his mind, but there is also a chance that starting pitcher Brendan Schoemaker will leave the club. It is depending on the fact if he can keep combining his job with playing baseball at the hoofdklasse level.
As soon as it is clear who the new head coach of De Glaskoning Twins will be, you will read it here.