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Bee Jays Name Head Coach

Brock Kappelmann - April 10, 2018 6:36 am

Liberal, KS, April 9, 2018 – The Liberal Bee Jays are excited to announce the hiring of Bill Clay
as the Head Coach for the 2018 season. Coach Clay is a longtime baseball coach from the State
of Texas, with over 30 years of experience coaching top rated high school, college and summer
league teams.
He is currently retired from regular coaching duties, but has not left the game. Most recently, in
2016 & 2017, he has coached in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for the
Winnipesaukee (NH) Muskrats, a wood bat summer baseball league, very similar to the Jayhawk
League in which the Bee Jays play. He is also a professional scout for the Cincinnati Reds,
Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets. He played in college for 4 years at Division 1 school,
University of Louisiana-Monroe, and has accumulated over 600 victories in his coaching career.
Of local interest, Coach Clay had an older brother, John Clay, who played for the Bee Jays back
in 1971, and has fond memories of games played at the old Fairgrounds park.
General Manager Nathan McCaffrey is eager for the season to start with Coach Clay on board,
“We considered several quality candidates for the position of Head Coach, but what we really
like about Bill is that he’s from the Midwest, has a lot of experience at the head coaching level,
has had success in that role, and has familiarity with the ins and outs of summer baseball. He is
also familiar with our program, history and tradition and expressed a lot of enthusiasm about
being a part of that.”
The Liberal Bee Jays will begin play at Brent Gould Field on June 1, 2018 against the Oklahoma
City A’s. Stay tuned for more information about Coach Clay, our assistant coaches, the 2018
schedule and roster. For more information or to volunteer as a host family or about a
sponsorship, please email [email protected]
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