Bravehearts Assistant Coach Hartigan to Retire, Milford HS Coach Dion to Join Team
Friday, February 02, 2018
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The Worcester Bravehearts have announced that assistant coach Kevin Hartigan is retiring from coaching and moving into the front office.
Hartigan was the second employee in team history when he was hired in November of 2013.
“I’m honored to continue working for the Bravehearts and the Creedon family in the capacity of baseball operations. Even though fans won’t see me on the Bield, they can expect to see me in the stands at each game with our host families, player families, and Major League Baseball scouts so that we can keep our baseball team moving in a positive direction,” said Hartigan.
To replace Hartigan, the Bravehearts have announced that Milford High School varsity baseball coach Alex Dion will join the team.
Dion is a 2011 graduate of Western New England University and has coached locally for the past seven years.
He was an Assistant Coach at Milford High School for four seasons before being offered the job of Head Coach of the varsity baseball team last September. With the Bravehearts, he will unite with another person connected to Milford’s proud baseball heritage: Manager J.P. Pyne, a Milford High School graduate.
"I'm honored and excited to be joining the Worcester Bravehearts organization and J.P. Pyne's coaching staff. I want to thank the Creedon family, GM Dave Peterson, J.P. Pyne and the rest of the Bravehearts for this opportunity. I am looking forward to working with this staff and our players this summer to continue to build on what has become such a Birst class organization with a rich winning tradition in the Worcester community,” said Dion.
Dion also had two coaching stints with Northborough American Legion Post 234 from 2011 - 2013 and again from 2016 - 2017. In between, he coached for Team Mizuno Northeast-based at Hit Quarters in Shrewsbury.
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