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VanAsselberg returns to pilot Aces

December 6, 2007 - United League Baseball (ULB) - Alexandria Aces News Release

Alexandria, LA; December 6, 2007- The Alexandria Aces of United League Baseball (ULB) announced today Ricky VanAsselberg will return as field manager for the 2008 season. The upcoming campaign marks his third year as skipper of the club and sixth year with the organization, having played for the Aces during the 1996, 1998 & '99 seasons.

VanAsselberg guided his 2007 club to a 60-35 record during the regular season and swept the Rio Grande Valley (TX) WhiteWings four games to none in the championship series to claim their second straight ULB crown. For his efforts, VanAsselberg was named ULB Manager of the Year, also his second straight such honor.

In two seasons as manager, VanAsselberg has compiled a 105-79 record (.571 winning percentage) during the regular season and a 9-2 record (.818 winning percentage) in the post-season.

"The opportunity to manage in your hometown, let alone win a championship there, doesn't come along often so I feel very blessed to have this opportunity," said VanAsselberg. "This organization and the Aces fans are accustomed to not just winning but winning championships and I see the same for 2008. Last year I said the only better feeling than winning a championship is to do it again...well, I guess the only better feeling than winning back-to-back championships is to celebrate a 3-Peat!"

VanAsselberg's additional coaching experience includes serving as player/coach with the Ozark (MO) Mt. Ducks in 2001 and with the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in 2002. While he was with Ozark, VanAsselberg was also assistant baseball coach at his high school alma mater, Oak Hill High in Hineston, LA, winning a state title in 2001. He then took over the baseball program at Forest Hill High School and was named 2003 Class "C" Coach of the Year by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association.

United League Baseball is an independent league of six professional baseball teams located in Texas and Louisiana. The United League is preparing for its third season this summer with teams located in Amarillo, Edinburg, Laredo, Harlingen, and San Angelo, Texas; and Alexandria, Louisiana.

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