Chris Paterson named manager in White Sands
Chris Paterson has been named the field manager for the White Sands Pupfish for the 2012 season.
Chris won manager of the year in the Pecos League for 2011 in Roswell and won the regular season title. He also assembled a team that beat the El Paso Diablos.
He is very familiar with Alamogordo as he played around 10 games there against the Pupfish and was on the other side of the Roswell/White Sands rivalry.
In Roswell, Chris signed arguably the leagues best players in the off season in Brian Fowler, Clifton Thomas, Brian Ramirez and Troy Frazier.
Many Roswell Fans are very disapointed as they wanted Chris back to defend his championship. "I am looking for something new, I will be starting over in the 2012 season, there will be a couple of players I will bring down from Roswell with me, but otherwise I will start over. I am very happy with the season in Roswell and hope to continue success in White Sands. I realize the Pecos League will be much more difficult this year, #1 no travel team and six solid teams, I miss those free wins against Carlsbad #2 Other teams from higher leagues will be taking our players sooner and earlier due to the high amount of players we sent off last year."
Chris will managing in the Arizona Winter League and the Pecos Spring League he is currently an associate scout for the Tampa Bay Rays and runs their California Scout Team
"Chris wanted a to goto Santa Fe but Matt and Wally sold him on Alamogordo. The job Alamogordo did in the All-Star Game and with their Friday Night attendence was great. He received offers from other higher leagues to go as an assistant, but wanted to be head coach for another season. We have hundreds of coaches apply for this position, Chris was most logical choice. It speaks highly for Alamogordo's committment to the Pupfish in the fact the a highly desired manager choose Alamogordo over both Roswell and Santa Fe." says Pecos League commisioner Andrew Dunn
In 2010 Chris served as field manager for the Desert Valley Mountain Lions of the Continental Baseball League where he finished with a 26-26 mark and was named CBL manager of the year in his first managerial stop.
This was a huge accomplishment for a travel team. Paterson has also served as a manager and coach in the California Winter league the past two season reaching the championship game both times and also helping to sign and place dozens of players in professional baseball leagues. Prior to this season Paterson also served as the pitching coach for Pacifica College in Riverside California helping the team in its first year of play. Prior to his coaching career Chris grew up in San Bernardino, CA playing is high school baseball at Redlands East Valley where he was part of the first League championship team for the school. He then went on to play junior college baseball at Barstow Community College where he was all conference honorable mention as an outfield/ pitcher. He earned a scholarship to play division one college baseball at North Dakota State University in the Summit League. He finished his college career here as an outfielder and a pitcher handling the two-way role in both his seasons there. In his senior season Paterson threw a no hitter against perennial college baseball powerhouse Creighton University, earning him national honors and awards. He also would go on to have 15 innings of scoreless relief appearances in the same season. Paterson would go on to graduate with his Bachelors degree in Behavioral Studies from North Dakota State University before pursuing his professional career over seas. His travels would take him to Europe to play in France, Italy and Germany where he was the best pitcher in the country and also to Australia to play during the winter. Chris would then return back to the USA to start his Independent baseball career. In his Indy career Chris would earn all-star honors playing in the Continental baseball league for his 2.91 era and 8-0 record. Chris currently serves as an associate scout for the Tampa bay Rays and will assist with the scout team in Southern California. He is finishing up his Masters Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration form Concordia University Irvine in California. He currently resides in Yucaipa, CA.
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