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Bandits Announce Coaching Staff
10/17/2017 8:55 PM ET
 

With the 2017/18 Australian Baseball League season rapidly approaching, the Brisbane Bandits prepare for Canberra Cavalry's visit to Holloway Field in the Opening Weekend Series on 16-18 November.

But before the back-to-back ABL Champions step on the diamond once more, meet the star-studded cast making the calls.

As David Nilsson resumes the Head Coaching role, the former Major League Baseball All-Star is joined by Jim Bennett, Adrian Lamb, Phil Stockman, Shayne Watson, Russell Teichmann, and Aaron Applefield.

Jim Bennett returns to the franchise with nearly three decades of coaching experience on his resume. A large portion of Bennett's career has been spent in the U.S. minor leagues, with four years of pitching in the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres organisations under his belt. The California native will resume his Pitching Coach duties with the Bandits.

"I'm ecstatic to be returning to Brisbane for the third straight season. Mark [Ready] runs a top-notch program and I'm thrilled to be a part of it," Bennett said.

Adrian Lamb returns to the coaching staff for the fourth consecutive season. Along with his work on the Bandits' staff, Lamb has been extremely active in the Queensland baseball community. He coached the Windsor Royals A Grade team to 4 consecutive championships and was named the Baseball Australia Diamonds Award Coach of the Year in 2014. Lamb is eager to bring the talent in Brisbane back together.

"Mark Ready and the entire Bandits organization are motivated now more than ever to bring a third straight championship to Brisbane. I think having our core group of returning Australian players is vital to having another successful season," Lamb said.

The Bandits also welcome back Queenslander and former Atlanta Brave Phil Stockman to the franchise for the fourth straight year. Like Nilsson, Stockman spent time in Major League Baseball and earned a Silver Medal for his country at the 2004 Olympic Games. He has also dedicated his time to juniors and has a taken development role at the Coomera Cubs this season.

Russell Teichmann and Aaron Applefield both return for their third season with the Bandits and bring a wealth of experience with them both having coached Brisbane GBL A grade teams.

Finally, the Bandits are pleased to see Shayne Watson join the side for the seventh year. Along with Watson's ABL experience, he plays a big part in the youth development programs in Queensland and Australia. Watson was an assistant coach of the 2017 Under 12 Australian World Cup Team and is also Baseball Queensland's Junior Elite Pathways Manager. The Brisbane native is thrilled to get another season underway at Holloway Field.

"I'm really excited for the challenge as we go for our three-peat. I'm keen to continue to work with our core Australian players and returning international players, as well as the new comers into our program," Watson said.

Watson will continue to serve as the strength and conditioning coach this season.

Join the Bandits in 2017/18 season as the organization looks to make history and claim three consecutive Australian Baseball League titles.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.