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Dino Anasagasti new Head Coach The Hawks
DORDRECHT (Neth.) - Veteran coach Dino Anasagasti returns to the Dutch big league next season, as he was named recently as the new Head Coach of Mampaey The Hawks. Anasagasti succeeds Martin van Zeist, who led the team in its first year in the highest division.

...Dino Anasagasti takes over... Mampaey The Hawks...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Dino Anasagasti made his big league-debut as coach in 2009 when he assisted Head Coach Luty Bernadina at Sparta-Feyenoord, which he also did in 2010.

In 2011, Anasagasti again began the season as the assistant of Bernadina. In July of that year, Sparta-Feyenoord and Bernadina separated and Anasagasti took over as Head Coach for the remainder of the season. The team finished the regular season in sixth place. In the following Play-Downs, Sparta-Feyenoord finished in second to last place, but secured its spot in the big league for 2012.

The 2012 season was very troublesome for Sparta-Feyenoord, which then played in its 50th season in the highest division. Of the first eighteen games in the regular season, the team won only once. As things didn't went smoothly with in the club during this period, Anasagasti resigned on May 20, as did his assistant Gershwin Hernandez. In the following four games, which also were lost, the team was led by two interim-coaches. But on May 28, both Anasagasti and Hernandez agreed to return as coach of the team and led them for the remainder of the season. Since May 28, the team was 4-16, but finished in last place and therefore had to play in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off. The opponent then was Mampaey The Hawks, which won the series. As a result, The Hawks promoted to the big league and Sparta-Feyenoord relegated.

While there were initial plans to continue playing, Sparta-Feyenoord was dissolved in October. This ended an era in Dutch baseball of a club with a long and rich tradition.

This season, Anasagasti coached the cadets-youthteam of Jeka in Breda. ,,It's nice to see young players getting better and absorb more knowledge'', Anasagasti said of coaching the young ballplayers. At Jeka, Anasagasti coached the main squad for seven season, before becoming a coach at Sparta-Feyenoord.

While talks continue regarding players for the upcoming season, Anasagasti's coachingstaff also has yet to be compiled. Bas van Rooijen, who was the 1B Coach this season, will coach the Rookie League-team of The Hawks next season, while Assistant Coach Jan Bonis resigned.

This season, The Hawks ended with an 11-30 record and one tie in its debuting year in the big league. The team then had to play in the Play-Downs, but secured its stay in the highest division by winning six of its nine games in the postseason.

Anasagasti will be the fourth new Head Coach in the big league next season. Last month, Charles Urbanus was named as successor of Sidney de Jong at L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In recent weeks, Wim Martinus took over at Corendon Kinheim as successor of Hans Lemmink, while Eugene Henson was named new Head Coach of ADO Lakers, succeeding Dave Daniels. All succeeded coaches resigned after the season ended.

(October 17)

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