David DeSilva Named Head Coach
Last year’s assistant coach takes over top spot
ALEXANDRIA – The Alexandria Aces have announced today that David DeSilva will be named the new Head Coach for the 2013 season. He replaces Corey Haines, who was the Head Coach for the past two seasons, and led the Aces to their best season in 2012, making the playoffs for the first time in team history. DeSilva was instrumental in helping the team make the playoffs this past season, as he served as the assistant/third base coach under Haines.
DeSilva will look to build on last season’s success heading into 2013. He will begin recruiting for next year’s roster immediately. DeSilva states, “My main focus is player development and creating a sustainable winning culture within the Aces organization.” He says, “My job is to help athletes improve their skills and abilities both mentally and physically. Each player will have an individualized development plan and we will work to leverage player’s strengths and improve areas of weakness.”
DeSilva played collegiately at Mars Hill College, where he was a three year starter, two-time team captain, and compiled a career batting average of .313. David graduated from Mars Hill in 2008 with a Bachelors degree in Sports Management and Business.
From 2007 through 2011, David coached for a nationally known organization, in Charlotte, NC, called “The On Deck O’s.” As the Director of Strength and Conditioning and a Head Coach for various age groups, he trained and developed players for the next level. The organization placed over 180 players into collegiate programs since 2003.
DeSilva can be contacted at David.DeSilva@thehartford.com or 704-591-1229 for roster inquiries.
The Alexandria Aces are members of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL), one of the most prestigious summer leagues in the country. The CRCBL is regionally located in the immediate Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Teams in the league are the Alexandria Aces, D.C. Grays, Baltimore Redbirds, Bethesda Big Train, Herndon Braves, Rockville Express, Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, Southern Maryland Nationals, Vienna River Dogs and Youse’s Maryland Orioles.
The Baltimore Redbirds won the 2012 CRCBL Championship and finished the season ranked 11th by Prefect Game. The Rockville Express, the regular season champions, finished ranked 24th. The Bethesda Big Train, the team that beat the Aces in the first round of the playoffs, were ranked for much of the year before falling out of the rankings after losing in the championship game. The Big Train were the 2011 National Champions after finishing the season ranked #1 by Perfect Game.
For more information on the CRCBL, you can visit the league website.