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Eugene Henson new Head Coach ADO Lakers
THE HAGUE (Neth.) - Eugene Henson takes over as Head Coach of ADO Lakers. Henson succeeds Dave Daniels, who led the team in the last two seasons and announced his resignation last Thursday.

...Eugene Henson argues with umpire Jac Vrij...
...during the 2009 season playing for Sparta-Feyenoord...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The announcement of Henson's naming was made by the Stichting ADO Lakers Haaglanden Honkbal, (Foundation ADO Lakers Haaglanden Baseball), a newly formed foundation, which was created recently by the club-board. This foundation will oversee all affairs concerning the big league-team of ADO Lakers. An interim-board of this foundation was named, including Hugo Wapperom, who himself is a former coach of ADO. This board has to reorganize the structure within the club and has to find the right persons for the definitive board, which will head the foundation somewhere in 2014. In the coming weeks, leading up to the transfer-deadline of November 1, the interim-board focusses on the compilation of the main squad of the club, regarding players and staff. It named Eugene Henson Head Coach, announced that former ADO- and National Team-pitcher Bart Volkerijk will continue overseeing the pitchers and will name other staffmembers soon.

Eugene Henson has never before coached at the big league-level, but he has a long association link with ADO, as he has played for the team from The Hague in several seasons.

After having played for some seasons in the Curaçao Baseball League, Henson came to the Netherlands and made his debut in the Dutch big league, playing for Sparta in Rotterdam in 1991. The next year, he played one season professionally in the organization of Atlanta Braves, playing in the Dominican Summer League at the Rookie League-level.

Henson then returned to the Netherlands and made his comeback in the Dutch big league in 1993, playing for ADO. Henson played two seasons in The Hague, then played at the highest level for Twins in the 1995 season. The infielder then changed clubs again and played for Hoofddorp Pioniers in 1996 and 1997, with whom he won the Ducth Championship-title in 1997. Hereafter, Hensron returned to ADO in 1998.

In the meantime, Henson also started a career in men softball, playing for the successful team of Alphians in 1995-1998, winning the Dutch championship. In these years, he combined softball with playing baseball.

After the 2001 season, Henson left ADO and went on play six seasons for HCAW, followed by two seasons for Sparta-Feyenoord. He then initially retired after the 2009 season, but made two brief comebacks during a third stint with ADO. In 2010, he appeared in one game, then played in four games in 2011. These were his last in the big league, before his return this season.

This year, Henson was coaching a youth-team of Tsunami, one of the Baseball Academies in the country. He remained on the memberlist for ADO and so, he was added to the active roster of ADO Lakers when it had to play in the Play-Downs. Henson played in four games for ADO Lakers, which won one of them. However, it was then discovered that Henson was not eligible to play for the team, as he was listed as a 'non-playing member'. Due to this administrative omission, ADO Lakers got eight points subtracted, meaning it finished in last place. Therefore, the team had to play in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Offs against Twins, the champion of the second highest league ('Overgangsklasse'). This time, Henson was listed as an active player and eligible to participate, which he did in two games. ADO Lakers won the best-of-five 3-2, meaning the team secured its spot in next years big league.

(October 16)

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