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INA, Ill. (Aug. 14, 2014) – The Rend Lake College Baseball team is full of new faces this fall, including former-professional baseball player Curt Courtwright of Lincoln, Ill. Courtwright is joining the Warriors team as an Assistant Coach to Head Coach Tony Etnier.
Courtwright started his collegiate baseball career at Missouri State University in 2006 when he played shortstop and outfield for the MSU Bears, positions he filled for four seasons. While attending MSU, Courtwright completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Business.
In 2010, Courtwright got his chance at professional baseball, playing shortstop for the Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget. After a year with the Grizzlies, Courtwright has spent the last three years as the Head Varsity Coach at Lincoln Community High School in Lincoln, where he was in charge of coaching both the varsity and junior varsity teams. He also worked as a White Sox and Elite Baseball Training Instructor in Chicago.
“I learned a lot playing professional baseball and in Division I in college. It was about learning what it takes to play at those levels, and I think I have the knowledge to share that with other kids to help them get as far or beyond where I was,” said Courtwright. “I coached in North Carolina this summer for the Morehead City Marlins and I decided that I wanted to get into coaching college ball. I sent out my résumé and found that the job at Rend Lake was open, and I knew it would be a great fit for me.”
In the last few months coaching the Marlins, Courtwright focused his efforts as the hitting and infield coach, skills that he’s combining with previous work as a camp and summer program coach to bring to the Warriors.
“I’ve been coaching for a while now, and I love to do it. Baseball has, pretty much, been my life and I’m excited to get started this fall,” said Courtwright.
Head Coach Tony Etnier added, “We’re excited to have someone with Curt’s background on our coaching staff. His previous experience will definitely bring a lot to the table and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
The Warriors kick off their fall season with an alumni game on Sunday, Aug 31, followed by their first home game against Southeastern on Sept. 4. For all things athletic at The Lake, visit www.rlc.edu/warriors.