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Cowlitz Black Bears Hire Aaron Butler as Assistant Coach

October 17, 2011 - West Coast League (WCL) - Cowlitz Black Bears News Release

Longview-Kelso, Washington: Aaron Butler will serve as an Assistant Coach for the 2012 Cowlitz Black Bears. Butler will work closely with new Head Coach Tim Matz. Butler is entering his 13th season at Santa Ana College (Santa Ana, CA) as an Assistant Coach.

"We are really excited to have Aaron Butler as the Assistant Coach for the upcoming season," said Black Bears' General Manager Grant Wilson. "We are honored and excited for him to assist Tim Matz in building this team for our great community." added Wilson.

Butler played at Santa Ana College in 1992-93 for legendarily coach Don Sneddon. He batted a robust .348 as a freshman, earning first team All-Orange Empire Conference recognition. Prior to playing at Santa Ana College, Butler played internationally in Australia ('89), Finland ('90) and Sweden ('90). He began his coaching career at Edison High School (Anaheim, CA), where he spent four seasons.

"I am extremely excited to have an opportunity to coach in the prestigious West Coast League", said Butler. "I am looking forward to taking an active part in this great baseball community and assisting Head Coach Tim Matz".

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The Black Bears are members of the West Coast League, the Diamond Standard among summer college baseball. The nine-team, professional style wood-bat league features pro prospects from major conferences across the country. More than 120 WCL alums played affiliated professional baseball last season, and 15 ex-WCL stars played in the Major Leagues. For more information on the league, visit

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