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Roy Berrevoets new Head Coach of HCAW

BUSSUM (Neth.) - Roy Berrevoets is the new Head Coach of HCAW, effective immediately, the Bussum-based club announced on Wednesday (April 21). Berrevoets succeeds Austis Gibbs, who was named the Head Coach of the big league-team in November of last year. Back then, Gibbs succeeded Rudy Dirksen, who had taken over in late September from Dè Flanegin, who had stepped down. Dirksen led the team in the final three games of the shortened 2020 season. Gibbs had led De Hazenkamp in the First Division in 2020 in what was then the fourth highest league.

...Roy Berrevoets...
...Back as Head Coach of HCAW...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
In a statement published on its website, HCAW states: ,,The appointment of Berrevoets puts an end to the collaboration between HCAW and former head coach Austis Gibbs. Due to a breach of trust between players, staff and the former head coach, the board of HCAW has decided, in consultation with the Topsport section, not to continue with the cooperation.''

It marks the third time that Berrevoets will lead the main-squad of HCAW in the highest league. The former first baseman played his entire career for HCAW and later went into coaching. Berrevoets already was a member of the coaching-staff for this season, as he was named Assistant Coach in November when Gibbs was announced as new Head Coach. Last weekend, Gibbs was not able to lead the team during its first three exhibition games of the season against Quick Amersfoort and reigning champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Instead, Berrevoets led the team, which won all three games.

The 51-year old Roy Berrevoets made his debut in the main-squad of HCAW at age 17 during the 1987 season. He started to become a regular player and went on to play his entire career with the club. His father Adrie Berrevoets was the longtime dug-out scorer for the team and nowadays is a local onlooker. At age 29, Berrevoets retired in 1999 after having played in 13 seasons for the team in the highest league. In that span, he played in 408 games and collected 514 basehits. However, during the 2000 and 2004 season, Berrevoets came out of retirement twice playing in one game in each season.

With HCAW, Berrevoets played in five Holland Series (1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999) and win the Dutch Championship-title twice (1996, 1998). After completion of the 1999 season, the uniform number of Berrevoets (24) was the first to be retired by the club.

After his playing career, Berrevoets continued playing for the club at a lower level and also turned to coaching. He was named Head Coach of the main-squad after the 2006 season with former teammate Jurjan Koenen as his Assistant Coach. The two led HCAW for two seasons. In their first season (2007), HCAW finished in fifth place, in their second season, the team ended up in sixth place. Berrevoets stepped down after the 2008 season and was succeeded by Koenen.

During the 2011 season, Berrevoets returned in the coaching-staff when he was appointed as Bench Coach to assist Ronald Jaarsma, who then took over as Head Coach from Bill Froberg.

In 2016, Berrevoets was HCAW's Head Coach for a second time, but stated beforehand that he would lead the team for only one season. This time, he succeeded Ralph Milliard, another icon of the Bussum-club. In 2016, HCAW finished in fifth place and afterwards, Roeland Henrique took over the coaching. During the 2019 season, Berrevoets briefly returned in the dug-out as a temporary Assistant Coach of Dè Flanegin.

In 1997, Roy Berrevoets played in the Netherlands National Baseball Team for whom he played in eight international games. In that year, he participated in the World Port Tournament in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and the European Championship in France.

Starting on Thursday-evening, HCAW will play three home-games (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) that will be part of this years In Memoriam Charles Urbanus, Sr. Tournament. Due to the measures against the coronavirus, the event will not be played in a tournament-format, but includes several games on differrent sites, as was the done last year.

(April 21)

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