HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Major League Baseball executive and former collegiate baseball head coach, Jim Hendry, will be the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Southern Miss Dugout Club Banquet set for Sat., Jan. 25, at the Thad Cochran Center.
The event will begin at 6 p.m., and will consist of a dinner, silent auction, as well as the opportunity to meet the 2014 baseball team. It also gives Dugout Club members the opportunity to gather and fellowship with other members.
Hendry, who currently works as special assistant to the general manager for the New York Yankees, also worked for the Florida Marlins and Chicago Cubs, where his last position was Vice President/General Manager from 2002 until 2012.
A Spring Hill College graduate, Hendry took a job as a high school teacher and baseball coach in Miami following his graduation. This led to a job at Creighton in 1983 as an assistant coach, before a promotion to head coach in the middle of the 1984 season. Following Creighton's NCAA College World Series appearance (1991), Hendry was named National Coach of the Year. He left Creighton later that year to become special assistant to then Florida Marlins GM Dave Dombrowski, and also coached minor league teams in 1993 and 1994. In 1995, Hendry joined the Cubs organization and held several positions with the club before being named general manager in 2002.
"What a great honor this is for us to have someone of Jim's stature in professional baseball to come and share his insights as we get ready for the 2014 season," said fifth-year Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "We really are looking forward to having Jim here to speak."
All Dugout Club Members are invited, but current dues must be paid. These dues can be paid by mailing in the registration form, coming by the baseball office, or by paying the night of the banquet. Individual tickets for the banquet are $25, and seating is limited. Please make your reservations by calling Michael Shields at 601-266-6542 or emailing him at James.Shields@usm.edu.
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