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Brent McNeil slides to Lake Land

LLC’s new assistant baseball coach

by Brice Simmons/Staff Writer

Brent McNeil

Brent McNeil is Lake Land College’s new assistant baseball coach.
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Baseball: the all-American sport. The game that helped get this country through many hardships. “Take me out to the ball game,” the words written by Jack Norworth that are an echo of familiarity to so many of us. Why is baseball of any importance to Lake Land College students? Because Lake Land has its very own baseball team, and recently acquired a new assistant coach named Brent McNeil.

McNeil attended Eastern Illinois University and received the “2011 Eastern Illinois University’s Pitcher of the Year” award, according to his professional profile. He was also part of the Traverse City Beach Bums for about six months. The TCBBs are “members of the 12-team independent professional Frontier League” according to LinkedIn. He is a professional baseball player and has recently become the assistant baseball coach at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois.

McNeil, following the footsteps of the previous assistant baseball coach Julio Godinez, works at the Lake Land College Print Shop as a part-time employee. He spends his other time on campus working as the assistant baseball coach. As a coach, he has to work with athletes on their game, physical shape, and mental attitudes. This consists of hard work and physical labor on his part. McNeil’s achievements have helped Lake Land College to choose him as the best replacement for Godinez. While the school’s athletic program is saying goodbye to Godinez, Lake Land College is preparing to have McNeil as their new assistant baseball coach.

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