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ThunderBolts Hire New Pitching Coach

The Windy City ThunderBolts have announced that Cory Domel will be the pitching coach in the 2011 season. Domel spent the past three seasons with the Midwest Sliders and Oakland County Cruisers franchise. Last year he guided the Cruisers to 6th in the league in ERA with a 3.87 ERA and 3rd in opponent’s batting average at .238. Domel looks to bring his experience at a variety of levels to the ThunderBolts next season. 

Domel graduated from Western Illinois University in 2001. He played for the Leathernecks in 2000 and 2001. Before heading to Western Illinois, he set numerous pitching records for College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL. After spending his time in college, he headed back to the College of Lake County to become the team’s pitching coach. In 2005, he was promoted to the head coach position and led the Lancers to a 30-20 record and a sectional title. 

In 2006, Domel was the pitching coach at the University of Maine in Orono. He was a part of the Division I team that won an American East Conference Tournament Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. After his two seasons in Maine, he headed to Flagler College a Division II school in Augustine, Florida. Domel spent three seasons as the pitching coach with Flagler College and had one pitcher selected in the 16th round in the MLB Amateur Draft.  

Domel has eight years of coaching experience and was successful at every stop. ThunderBolts’ Field Manager Mike Kashirsky is excited about the new addition to his staff and had this to say about the hire, “I am very excited for the hiring of Cory. He is a hard worker and has a tremendous work ethic.” Kashirsky continued by saying, “He will be an outstanding hire for the Bolts.” Domel looks to improve the ThunderBolts pitching staff that was 4th in the Frontier League in ERA with a 3.63. Domel will be in charge of guiding the Bolts pitching staff as they attempt to repeat as East Division Champions in 2011. 

The Windy City ThunderBolts are a member of the twelve-team Frontier League, the oldest professional independent baseball league in the nation.  The ThunderBolts open the 2011 season at Standard Bank Stadium on Thursday, May 19th.  Season tickets, flex plans, and all group tickets (including suites, picnics, party box, & spa) are on sale now!  Single-game tickets for the 2011 season go on sale Saturday, April 30th.  For more information please call 708.489.BALL or visit wcthunderbolts.com.



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