Beloit College Head Baseball Coach Dave DeGeorge will serve as the featured speaker at the 2013 Beloit Snappers Hot Stove Banquet, which is set for Tuesday, February 5, at the Eclipse Center in Beloit.
DeGeorge joins the Oakland Athletics' Ted Polakowski, the Director of Minor League Operations, and Keith Lieppman, the Director of Player Development, as well as former Athletics' outfielder Ryan Christenson, the new manager for the Snappers.
The event marks the beginning of the Snappers' relationship with Oakland as the organization's Class A minor league affiliate.
"I am looking forward to speaking at the Hot Stove event," said DeGeorge. "My history with the Snappers goes back to the opening day for the franchise. Due to the Snappers affiliation with the Oakland A's, I plan to talk about our version of "Moneyball". Our take on "Moneyball" is very different from a professional team, but it is a concept that has been a huge part of our success."
Degeorge will be beginning his 23rd season with the Buccaneers this season. A 1989 graduate of Beloit College, DeGeorge has recorded more victories in his career (326) than any other coach in the college’s long baseball history. He is the second-winningest head coach in Beloit College history, trailing only former Men’s Basketball coach Bill Knapton. Entering the 2013 season, he has recorded over 90% of Beloit’s victory count on the baseball diamond since the 1986 season.
He has guided the Buccaneers to the 2009 Midwest Conference Championship in 2009 and the MWC North Division title in 2011. Beloit has played in the MWC Tournament Championships game in each of the last four seasons.