Coaching Staff Returns For 2015 Season


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coachesnewsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and third-year manager Brett Jodie have announced the return of Third Base/Hitting Coach Shane Spencer and Pitching Coach Cory Domel.

“Both Shane and Cory are huge reasons our team has had the success we have had over the past couple seasons.  They have definitely met my expectations for exactly what I was looking for when we brought them on board two years ago.  I feel we have grown together as a staff and really created a trusting, cohesive and strong bond.  We are very fortunate to have both of these guys as part of our organization,” said Jodie.

Spencer played in 538 Major League games, most notably with the New York Yankees from 1998-2002 when the team won three World Series Championships. In September of 1998, Spencer won over Yankees fans for hitting ten home runs, including three grand slams, in just 67 at bats.

In his five seasons with the Yankees, Spencer finished with a .263 batting average, 287 hits, 54 doubles, 43 home runs, and 167 RBI.

Spencer also has Major League experience with the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, and New York Mets. For his Major League career, Spencer has a .262 batting average, 438 hits, 84 doubles, 59 home runs, and 242 RBI.

“Shane is well respected by everyone because he brings a knowledge and overall feel for the game that can only be learned from his many years of playing and coaching.  He can relate to all the players and provides valuable education of the mental and physical tools necessary to succeed at this game. Not to mention he does an outstanding job as our third base coach,” Jodie said.

Before joining the Patriots in 2013, Domel was the pitching coach for the Amarillo Sox of the American Association during the 2012 season and spent four seasons in the Frontier League.

In 2011, he was the pitching coach for the Windy City ThunderBolts. Prior to that, Domel spent three seasons in the same position for the Midwest Sliders and Oakland County Cruisers.

He began his coaching career in 2002 as the pitching coach for College Of Lake County, a junior college that he attended and set several school records at during his time there. He took over as head coach in 2005 and led his team to a 30-20 record and a sectional championship.

In 2004 and 2005, Domel served as the pitching coach for the Vermont Mountaineers of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Domel became the pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at the University of Maine in 2006 and helped guide the team to the American East Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

He then went on to become the pitching coach at Flagler College in Florida, where he spent three seasons.

“Cory has done an outstanding job with our pitchers.  He is always one of the first guys in and last to leave.  He works extremely hard to better our pitching staff and is always available to fine tune their skills.  Cory is very organized with charts and scouting reports of the opponents, which gives us an edge in competition. We have been at the top of many pitching categories the last few years and I expect that to remain true while Cory leads our staff,” Jodie added.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 Season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at


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