|Coakley Wins League Award For Second Year Running|
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Head Groundskeeper Patrick Coakley
For the second time in as many years, Myrtle Beach Pelicans head groundskeeper Patrick Coakley has been named the Carolina League Groundskeeper of the Year. The 2002 honor solely belongs to Coakley, the co-winner of last year’s award.
The Sports Turf Managers Association presents the award each year, supported by Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball. All Carolina League teams vote on the winner.
Coakley became the head groundskeeper for the Pelicans in October 2000, after a season as the assistant. The 29-year-old began his career in Minor League Baseball in 1995, holding a variety of positions with the Single-A Albany Polecats (now the Delmarva Shorebirds) and Piedmont Boll Weevils (now the Kannapolis Intimidators) of the South Atlantic League. Coakley graduated in ’94 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management.