Blowfish Announce New Head Coach and 2018 Schedule

Lexington County Blowfish

October 31, 2017 - Coastal Plain League (Coastal Plain) - Lexington County Blowfish

News Release

The Lexington County Blowfish announced today that Marshall McDonald has been promoted to Head Coach for the 2018 season. This will be Marshall's second season with the Blowfish as he served as asst coach under Jonathan Johnson in 2017. "We are excited to have Marshall take over the helm and look forward to an exciting 2018 season at Lexington County Baseball Stadium". Said Vice-President Brian Larkin. McDonald said in a statement released by the team. "I look forward to working towards the ultimate goal of winning a Coastal Plain League championship for Lexington County and its great fans."

Marshall is in his first season at Presbyterian College joining the coaching staff in August of 2017. McDonald comes to PC after four seasons at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, N.C., including three as hitting coach. There he led the team to a school record for home runs in each of his three seasons as a full-time coach, culminating with 63 last season compared to just 13 prior to his arrival. He coached the NJCAA National Player of the Year Chandler Jenkins, who batted .460 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs last season, and two Region 10 Players of the Year in Jenkins and Ty Andrus.

McDonald has also spent time coaching in the collegiate summer leagues throughout the past three seasons. He served as associate head coach of the Statesville Owls in 2015, head coach of the Lenoir Oilers in 2016 and assistant coach for Lexington County Blowfish in 2017. McDonald led the Oilers to the CVCL Championship as the head coach in 2016, as the team compiled a 39-17 record and led the league in home runs (50), doubles (112) and RBIs (357).

As a player, McDonald spent one season at Catawba Valley Community College, earning All-Region X honors, before playing his final two seasons at Montreat College. As a Cavalier, McDonald was named a team captain as a senior and earned a spot on the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic team as a junior. The native of Red Springs, N.C. graduated from Montreat in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Jonathan Johnson steps aside after 5 Seasons as Head Coach of the Blowfish to commit to full time missions work

Jonathan Johnson Steps Out Of Dugout To Oversee Honoring The Father Ministries. Will Continue As Special Advisor

The Blowfish announced today that Head Coach Jonathan Johnson is stepping aside to oversee full time Honoring Thy Father Ministries. "We want to thank Jonathan for five great years and look forward to assisting his missions work with a yearly fundraiser. Jonathan has agreed to stay on with the Blowfish in an advisory role." Blowfish co-owner Bill Shanahan said. Johnson departs as the all time wins leader with 138 leading the team to the CPL playoffs three times.

"It has been a great 5 years serving as the Blowfish Head Coach. It was an honor to lead so many young men on the field. The ministry I started with my MLB signing bonus (Honoring The Father Ministries) continues to grow. It now demands more of my time that I can give if I continue coaching. I am excited about seeing Marshall Mcdonald take over the reigns as head coach. I look forward to helping Marshall and the Blowfish under my new title of Special Advisor to the President." Said Jonathan Johnson.

Honoring the Father Ministries was established in 1995. Jonathan Johnson and RA Dickey started the ministry with their signing bonuses as they were the First round picks of the Texas Rangers in consecutive years. Jonathan's father Johnny Johnson has served as the ministries president since he retired from the church he pastored for 25 years. The ministry currently supports over 150 feeding centers that feed over 10,000 kids per day in Nicaragua, owns 100 acre coffee farm in Honduras that supports their Christian school and outreach ministries there, shares the gospel through sports to over 100,000 Cubans a year and trains over 100 new and current pastors per year in their 4 training centers located throughout Cuba. To learn more about Honoring The Father Ministries please visit HonoringtheFather.com

The 2018 season opens Thursday May 31st vs the Forest City Owls at Lexington County Baseball Stadium

An All-Star Season begins with the annual Blowfish Alumni Game Monday May 28th with an exciting array of great promotions and events including the 12th Annual USC Alumni vs Blowfish game, Independence Fireworks July 3rd and 4th plus the 20th Annual Coastal Plain League All-Star Show July 8th and 9th at Lexington County Baseball Stadium. The full promotional schedule will be released soon. For more information on the 2018 schedule and promotions log onto: www.blowfishbaseball.com

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