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Kevin Knollenburg confirms stepping down as Head Coach of Twins

OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) - Kevin Knollenburg has confirmed that he has stepped down as Head Coach of De Glaskoning Twins. That means that the club from Oosterhout is starting a search now for his successor.

...Kevin Knollenburg (left) has stepped down... Head Coach of Twins...
(© Photo: Jan Kruijdenberg)
Kevin Knollenburg was named Head Coach of Twins after completion of last season when he succeeded Kevin Roovers. In the previous two seasons (2016-2017), Knollenburg served as 1B Coach in the staff of Roovers.

This season, Knollenburg led Twins to fourth place in the regular season with an 18-21 record and three ties. On the final day of the season, the team ended up in a tie with DSS. Twins ended up in fourth place based on the head-to-head results against DSS (4-1, one tie). By finishing in fourth place, Twins qualified for the Championship Pool (or Play-Offs) for the first time.

In the Championship Pool, Twins finished in fourth place winning two of its nine games. But the team closed with a good feeling kast Sunday (September 9), winning 6-0 at home against HCAW on what was the annual Japan Day@Twins Oosterhout.

Knollenburg wants to give more attention to his family and attending sports games of his children. ,,My children will be coming in first place now'', Knollenburg said. Next year, the Belgian coach will continue as an instructor for the Belgian Baseball Academy, something he's doing for several years now. Besides that, he also will conduct private catching instructions.

Before he turned to coaching, Knollenburg played in both his home country Belgium, as well as in the Netherlands. In the Dutch big league, the former catcher played for Twins in 1997 and 1998. He then played the next two years for Neptunus (1999-2000).

Thereafter, Knollenburg returned to play in the highest Belgian competition. He played for Brasschaat Braves (2001-2006), then Royal Greys (2007-2010). In 2011, he briefly played for Hoboken Pioneers, but then ended his playing career.

(September 13)

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