“I do miss the seventh grade at Avon and was upset that they could not find the money to keep the program going, because I would still be here in Avon,” he said. “Even though I do have the opportunity to go somewhere else, I really enjoyed that level and the kids.”
Hancock’s opportunity to coach professional baseball spurs from some work that he had done in the past with some professional players, like Derrick Pyles. Pyles also spent some time in the Pecos League, prior to joining the United League this season.
“(Pyles) asked me one day if I would be interested in coaching,” Hancock said. “I thought ‘why not? I’m not doing anything else.’ He put me in touch with the commissioner, Andrew Dunn, and I sent my resume in. I got called to go to Houston last month to check me out. I had the job before I left, but that’s when they cancelled the Carlsbad team.”
Hancock said he’s excited about the opportunity to coach in the Pecos League.
“This will be the third year for the Pecos League,” he said. “They’re doing pretty well actually. A lot of the towns are in New Mexico and one is in Colorado and the towns are behind them pretty good. That’s a good thing.”
In addition, he said he’s looking forward to coaching a team with some different backgrounds and even some international flavor.
“There are several players from other countries,” Hancock said. “There’s one from Japan, one from South Korea, Australia, Norway, and just about every place. There’s a bunch from America. We are talking about them all being quality players. They’re looking to get a foot in the door to move to higher levels.”
For more information about the Raton Osos, visit the website at raton.pecosleague.com.