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1st Team All-Ameican Power Hitting SS – Currently Coaching with MLB China

Name: Aaron Thor

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 200 lbs.

DOB: January 3, 1984

Status Available

Date Available: July 1, 2019

Will Pay Flight

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: Coach, 2B, SS, C

Positions (alt): 1B, 3B, OF

College: Aurora University

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Personal

Aaron Thor is a former standout shortstop and power hitter for Aurora University (NCAA III) who is looking to revive his playing career as a player-coach overseas.

During his career at Aurora Thor hit .379 overall, had 221 hits, 21 home runs, 60 doubles, 164 RBIs, stole 33 bases, in 165 games. In hit senior season he hit a whopping .426, with 10 home runs, 58 RBIs, 18 stolen bases, 61 runs scored, a .710 slugging percentage, and a .530 on-base percentage. His performance earned him numerous accolades including ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III First-Team All-American recognition. In his senior season he set the Aurora single game record for doubles with 4 and also holds the career record for doubles at Aurora with 60.

Just over a decade away from playing, a recent stint coaching youth gave Aaron the hunger to make a comeback as a player-coach overseas. At only 35 years of age, Aaron still has a lot left in the tank along with the maturity, professionalism and baseball IQ to coach at a high level.  He has also been umpiring for the past 12 years which has kept his baseball IQ sharp and also allows him to help clubs overseas in that respect as well.

Message from Aaron to prospective clubs:

Baseball is a talent I have been blessed with.  I think the best way to teach is to demonstrate.  I would love a player coach role to give back to the game that has been so great to me.”

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2003-06 Aurora University NCAA DIII Starting SS 2006 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III First-Team All-America (Article) First-Team All-Central Region First-Team All-NIIC Central Regional All-Tournament team NIIC champion Aurora record holder for: doubles in a game (4), assists in a game (10), career doubles (60) and assists (378). 2005 NIIC champion
2007 San Angelo Colts United League Starting SS

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2017 Manager Rockford Big Dogs Travel Baseball 9U Managed the team and created competitive training environments
2018-current Hitting Instructor Amigo Baseball Club Learning Center 5-15 MLB China Developing proper swings and offensive approach

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2005 Aurora University 43 165 52 60 21 2 4 52 21 18 8 3 .364 .448 .588
2006 Aurora University 48 183 61 78 22 0 10 58 36 14 18 6 .426 .530 .710

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Josh Keener

Assistant Baseball Coach, Rockford University
jkeener@rockford.edu

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Aaron Thor for the past 17 years. Aaron is very well-versed when it comes to the game. His experience as a player has provided a solid foundation for his baseball IQ and has been built upon through his experience as an umpire and youth coach. Aaron is truly a great person. He is quick to help anyone in need and is always punctual. Aaron is extremely charismatic and holds a respectful conversation with everyone. His positive attitude and patience make him a joy to be around. In my experiences with Aaron, he has always displayed the utmost professionalism. His demeanor and appearance, along with his punctuality, have helped Aaron to achieve a reputation of the utmost integrity in the area. Aaron has a great feel for the game and this has been established by his collegiate playing career and built upon through his ample umpiring experiences. Aaron commands respect from players on the field and has a tremendous knack for defusing difficult situations. I have no doubt that he could manage players effectively at a high level of competition.”

Alan McCormick

President, Fox Valley Blues Umpire Association

“As the president of the largest baseball umpire association in Illinois, Fox Valley Blues Umpire Association, I am writing this letter as a recommendation for Aaron Thor for any future baseball player/coach positions that are available. Mr. Thor has a great baseball IQ which serves him very well in the world of umpiring. Possessing this skill allows him to anticipate plays and puts him the ideal position to make the correct call. His baseball IQ also enables him to communicate well with players and coaches during the contests and better manage situations as they come up during games. Mr. Thor has earned both his colleagues and coaches respect both on and off the field. His calm demeanor and patience during games has made him a preferred umpire for many baseball leagues that we assign umpires for in Illinois. Mr. Thor’s baseball IQ, communication skills, and overall baseball knowledge make him an excellent candidate for any open player/coach position.”

Oliver Cheng (Cheng Wujiang)

Operation Director, Suzhou Amigo Sports
olivercheng@amigosports.com.cn

This is an official letter of recommendation from the operation director of Suzhou Amigo Sports, Headquarters located in Suzhou, China in regards to Thor Aaron’s employment with our company. Mr. Aaron has been employed at Suzhou Amigo Sports as a Baseball Coach for the period of time from March.2018 – May.2019. The purpose of his employment and time with us was to develop our youth and pro clientele as students, elite athletes, and responsible young men. Throughout our baseball development programs, Mr. Aaron excelled and was a “fan” with all of our clients and their parents. Aaron was a joy for our entire staff to work alongside for the duration of his time with us. Showing real enthusiasm and great potential both in the office and on the baseball field, Aaron approached every day as an opportunity to excel as a leading baseball coach within our company. Mr. Aaron shows great professionalism as an employee and coach that could help any club, team, school, business, or organization thrive by employment. Possessing characteristics of a professional that is driven and goal oriented, Aaron is very independent and proactive with both his approach to life and work. As a senior manager for sports operation, I have developed the ability to notice greatness and diligence in men & women of all levels of business and coaches. With that being said, I can assure you that Mr. Aaron possesses all of the drive and competence needed to help keep your company at an elite level. The value that Mr. Aaron can bring to a club, team, school, business, or organization is extraordinary. Our organization and our Management team in its entirety hereby vouch for Aaron’s diligent, sharp, and intelligent approach to his life goals. It is therefore imperative, and in your best interest, to hire Mr. Aaron with confidence! If you have any questions in regards to Mr. Aaron or his time in Suzhou with us, I would be happy to answer them by phone or email. Thank you.

Additional Info

If a club offered him a place to stay and a job, Aaron would be willing to pay his flight. He has also been umpiring the past 12 years and would be interested in umpiring for additional income.

He is available as of July 1st, 2019 and has no future obligations that require him to return home.