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The Forest City Owls have announced the signing of two assistant coaches for the 2012 season in Clark Mullins and David Flores.

    First year Owls head coach Phil Disher has worked extremely hard this off season to find the best coaches to help him lead the Owls this summer.

    Clark Mullins is entering his first season as an assistant with the Owls. He is currently in his fourth season at highly successful Gilbert High School, S.C., where he worked primarily with outfielders. During his time at Gilbert he has been a part of three regional championships and the team was ranked #1 in the state to start the 2012 season. He has also been a coach with the South Carolina Diamond Devils the past four summers, allowing him to coach some of the state’s top high school talent.

    Clark played collegiately at Newberry College from 2002-2007, with the 06’ season serving as a medical redshirt season due to a knee injury. During his time at Newberry College, Mullins started games at catcher, first base, and in right field. As a sophomore he hit .319, and then finished his senior year with a .350 average. Mullins is a 2002 graduate of North Augusta High School where lettered in football and baseball. He received his B.S. in Physical Education from Newberry College in 2007. He currently resides in Lexington, South Carolina.

    “I look forward to working with Clark this summer and I have no doubt he will be a valuable addition to our coaching staff” said Owls General Manager Jeremy Boler.

    Also added to Disher’s staff is David Flores. Flores graduate from Cal State at Sacramento in 2008 with a communications degree. While at Cal State, he was a three time All-WAC third baseman and one of the top players in the conference. As a senior he hit .368 with eight homeruns and was fourth in the nation in doubles with 26. Flores was also Sacramento State’s Athlete of the Year in 2008. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB draft. He was assigned to the New York Penn League, earning an All-Star spot and winning the All-Star MVP. He played as high as Double A with the Corpus Christi Hooks team in 2011. Flores was also a four time defensive player of the month with Houston. In the off season David spends his time as a substitute teacher at the high school level.

    “We are glad to have David this summer; his professional baseball experience will be invaluable to our players,” added Boler. “I think we will have a strong coaching staff this season that will represent the Owls and Forest City very well.”

    Owls Opening Night is set for May 29th versus the Asheboro Copperheads. A limited number of season tickets are still available for the 2012 season. Season tickets begin at less than $5 a game. For more information about any of the Owls ticket plans, please call the Owls front office at (828)245-0000 to speak to a friendly ticket sales representative. Or please visit us at http://www.forestcitybaseball.com

    The Forest City Owls are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The CPL gives college players a chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had more than 930 alums drafted and 48 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander - make their major league debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via twitter (at cpleague).

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