Jim Koerner, head baseball coach at North Carolina Central, has been named technical adviser for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team during the USA vs Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series June 28-July 1.
The first two games will be played at Coleman Field in Cary. The games will move to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on June 30, before returning to Cary for the finale on July 1.
“I want to thank Eric Campbell of USA Baseball for this opportunity,” Koerner said. “It’s an honor to be a part of the premier amateur baseball organization in the country. I’m excited to be able to represent N.C. Central and to be involved with some of college baseball’s best athletes and coaches.”
The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team is comprised of the top collegiate baseball players in the country. Each summer the team competes in a schedule of exhibition games across the country and overseas. Each year the USA team takes on the Japan Collegiate All-Stars, as well as international friendship series against Canada, Chinese Taipei, the Netherlands and Cuba.
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Koerner, who has coached at NCCU for six seasons, led the Eagles to a school-record 28 wins during the 2018 season. Koerner has collected 131 wins during his six seasons in Durham. In 2018, NCCU got off to its best start in school history (9-3) and earned votes in the NCBWA Top-30 Poll for the first time. Koerner’s duties will include coordinating with umpires and making sure they are aware of the rules and ground rules for the series.