The San Luis Obispo Blues summer collegiate baseball team has its new head coach, general manager Adam Stowe announced Monday, and it’s a name well known in the organization.
Jamie Clark, who has spent the past four years as the Blues’ board director, will move to the dugout and assume the post left vacant when longtime skipper Chal Fanning left to become the pitching coach at Austin Peay State University.
“I believe we were fortunate to find Jamie and feel that he is the best fit for our organization at this point,” Stowe said in a news release. “His four years of experience in NCAA Division I baseball, and serving on our Board of Directors will prove invaluable as we make this transition.”
Clark played at Fresno State after growing up in Tulare, and he is a State Farm insurance agent in Arroyo Grande.
“I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity and am whole-heartedly looking forward to this journey with a great organization,” Clark said in the release. “Talking with coaches from across the country is proving to be a great experience. I look forward to being a positive influence in the players’ lives and their baseball careers. I’d like to thank my wife, Traci, first and foremost for her support throughout this process.”
Fanning left for Clarksville, Tenn., this past week, and Stowe said he wanted to make the hire quickly in order to not lose time on the recruiting trail.
He said Fanning is willing to work with Clark to help ease the transition, and Fanning said he is already trying to send some Austin Peay players to the Blues this summer.
“Adam has really done a good job, and not to mention he helped get the Blues out of a low point,” Fanning said last week of Stowe, who came to the Blues in 2008 and is a part owner with Jim Galusha. “He’s involved himself from the start, and he’s really taken the Blues to where they are today.”