LINCOLN — Coming off a division crown and a title-series appearance in Lincoln, World Series champion Ken Oberkfell is returning for his third season as manager of the Saltdogs, and is introducing two new coaches to his staff.
Chuck Stewart, who worked as Oberkfell’s pitching coach for the Newark Bears in 2012 and also served as interim manager, is the new pitching coach for the Saltdogs.
“Chuck is a hard worker and a very good baseball guy,” Oberkfell said. “Players all really like him. Plus he throws tremendous batting practice.”
Stewart played four seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization from 1982-1985. The 53-year old from New Jersey also won four district championships as the head baseball coach for Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pearce, Fla. before joining Newark.
Stewart coached for the New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am) in 2014.
Eddie Stabile (pronounced stuh-beal), who played in the Cubs’ system as well and has spent time as a collegiate coach, will be an assistant coach for Oberkfell.
The 56-year old from Mahopac, N.Y. led Division-II St. Leo University (St. Petersburg, Fla.) to three playoff appearances in five seasons as head coach.
Stabile also served as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida and as an instructor for the legendary Tom Emanski.
Oberkfell noted that Stabile should really be able to help out the infielders.
Former coaches Dan Reichert and John Harris are both coaching in the Atlantic League in 2015.
The Saltdogs begin the regular season May 22 at Kansas City. The home opener at Haymarket Park is set for May 25 against Gary. Get your tickets now at www.saltdogs.com.