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Gregg Mucerino Named Manager of Foxhounds for 2008

March 4, 2008 - South Coast League (SCL) - Aiken Foxhounds News Release

(Aiken, SC) The Aiken Foxhounds presented by Veracity Payment Solutions and the South Coast League of Professional Baseball announced the hiring of Gregg Mucerino today to lead the second year franchise.

"With Aiken having one of the top front offices in the league, it is only fitting that they now will have one of the top field staffs in the league," said league CEO, Jamie Toole.

"Gregg Mucerino brings a strong coaching resume to Aiken and his familiarity with our league will make this franchise one to watch in year two."

Coach Mucerino, an assistant with the Bradenton franchise in 2007, will be looking to retool a team that saw four players make the jump back to the affiliated minor league systems.

"I am excited, from a personal standpoint, to be the head coach of the Aiken Foxhounds," said Mucerino.

"Our players, overall will be younger, with most of these guys being on the front end of their careers rather than the latter. Our team will be aggressive in all aspects of the game, and we'll provide an excitement on the field for the fans in this portion of the state."

The Foxhounds come off a season which saw the offense pace the league in home runs, while finishing second in hits, and third in runs, batting average, and walks. However, the Foxhounds finished with the most strikeouts and the second fewest stolen bases.

Coach Mucerino knows what to expect playing in the confines of Roberto Hernandez Stadium.

"It is set up to be a hitter's park, but our pitching staff will work to overcome that. We are going to be sound in all phases of the game. Most importantly, I will find guys that are still wanting to learn and able to make adjustments when need be."

On the defensive side of things, Aiken gave up the third fewest home runs and issued the second fewest amount of walks. The pitching staff also allowed the most hits, struck out the fewest number of batters, and sported the second highest ERA.

To help with coaching duties, Mucerino is bringing back a familiar face from last year's squad. Mark Dewey will take the reins as the Foxhound's pitching coach.

"Mark gives us tremendous experience working with our pitchers and he sets them up mechanically to be outstanding every time out on the mound. Our pitchers will have the teaching and tools necessary to combat the offensive numbers the ballpark tends to give up."

Mucerino will fill out the rest of the coaching staff in the coming weeks.

The Foxhounds new manager and his family hail from southern Florida where he is currently the head coach at one of Florida's more notable programs for producing big league talent. Westminster High School in Miami, where he has been the coach for the past four years, is the Alma Mata for players like Alex Rodriguez and Doug Mientkiewicz. The former Florida International University standout and minor leaguer also brings experience from coaching stints with the College of Charleston, the Citadel, and Loyola University-New Orleans.

"I look forward to putting our team together and getting them ready to play while providing an exciting summer for the fans in Aiken."

For more information on teams, players, schedules, tickets, photos, and all other news and information related to the 2008 season, visit the Aiken Foxhounds website at www.aikenfoxhounds.com or the South Coast League website at www.southcoastleague.com.

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