34 Year Old Player-Coach, Corner INF/Catcher Seeking Opportunity Overseas in 2022
Name: Billy Manley
DOB: August 20, 1987
Date Available: June 1, 2021Will Pay Flight
Positions: Coach, 1B
Positions (alt): Coach, Youth Coach, 3B, C, LF
College: Castleton University
As a player, Billy can hit both with power and for high average/high OBP. He has above average speed for his size and rates himself as a Plus-Plus first baseman, defensively.
Billy says that catcher was his best position, but he played others after incurring a knee injury, which has since completely healed. He has played first base and some at third base and the outfield, and he is comfortable in all those spots.
College baseball team captain.
College baseball Division III College World Series regional tournament.
Led team in home runs and doubles and was runner-up for player of the year as a junior
Batted .324, .284 and .354 his last three years in college, with corresponding OPS figures of .951, .816 and .942
After college, played on a team in Florida – played in one pro game against the Class A Phillies, and he was 2-3 with a double, single, RBI and stolen base
Billy has coaching experience that would make him an asset to any club. He has worked as the catching coordinator at a baseball training facility, a role in which he has worked with middle-school and high-school players. He is also an assistant coach at Dean College, an NCAA Division III school in the U.S.
Billy describes himself as one who brings “an old-school attitude with new-school philosophies. I think that there are some ways and unwritten rules that should never change, but I also believe that as players evolve, the game evolves, which makes coaching fun and exciting. Coaches need to be open to change and be able to adjust certain coaching tactics, drills, approaches, and philosophies.
“As a coach, I respect the baseball ‘book’, but I also think that there is room for change and expansion of the ‘book’. I don’t believe there is ever only one way to do something. I don’t like to see a coach ‘over-coach’ because that ends up hurting a player. Coaching gives us a chance to help an athlete grow athletically and as a person. I am a leader and motivator.”
Billy says he’s looking for a chance to continue his baseball career – “I love the game of baseball and will gladly play anywhere I’m given then the chance.”
Staying in Shape
In addition to coaching at the college level, Billy works at a baseball facility where he continues training and learning about the mental aspects of the game – “I’m throwing and hitting four or more times a week to keep my swing fresh and fast and my arm conditioned. I also work part-time as a personal trainer, so I stay physically fit.”
|Catching Coordinator||The Farm Baseball Performance Institute||Youth||Work with kids from middle school to high school. Focus on the fundamentals of catching, learning the position and strengthening skills|
|Assistant Coach||Dean College||NCAA||Supervise weight room workouts and make fitness programs for players. Worked closely with hitters and infielders. Coach first base and help with line up preparation and player evaluation. Recruiting experience|