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Published On: February 22nd, 2010

The Battle Creek Bombers, a proud member of the Northwoods League, are pleased to announce the hiring of Stan Eldridge as the team’s new field manager for the 2010 season.

Eldridge, currently in his sixth season as an assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator at perennial NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) powerhouse Spring Arbor University, replaces former Bombers manager Tom Fleenor.

“We are thrilled to have Stan on board to lead our ball club in 2010,” said Rick Lindau, Bombers general manager. “Stan comes to us from an excellent program just up the road [Spring Arbor], with a penchant for developing players at all levels. And with extensive coaching experience at the collegiate level, a summer college baseball and scouting background, as well as leading one of the nation’s finest amateur 18-under programs, he is more than qualified and should serve the organization well this summer.”

With an emphasis on offense, Eldridge has helped guide the Spring Arbor University Cougars to a five year overall record of 174-78 (.690%), which included three consecutive years as Conference Champions. Under his direction, the team also had NAIA World Series runner-up and 3rd place finishes in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and an NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) National Championship appearance last season.

Prior to joining the SAU coaching staff, Eldridge served as the associate head coach at Concordia University (NAIA) in Ann Arbor, MI for two seasons. During his tenure, the Cardinals broke nearly every individual and team offensive record in the program’s history. He was also an assistant coach at Madonna University (NAIA) in Livonia, MI.

“We look forward to our fourth season with great anticipation as Coach Eldridge will no doubt bring a level of confidence and energy to the job this season,” added Lindau.

In addition to naming Eldridge as new field manager, the Bombers have been recruiting players for their roster. Coach Eldridge will now lead the process of finalizing the remaining players for the 2010 season.

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The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any Summer Collegiate Baseball League in North America. The 2010 season begins on the road Wednesday, June 2nd with the Bombers traveling to Green Bay, WI. Following a two-game series, the Bombers return for the team’s home opener on Friday, June 4th at C.O. Brown Stadium.