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Notebook : Loyola Baseball Coach Adds Former Pro Player as His Top Assistant

September 10, 1987|Alan Drooz

The Loyola Marymount University baseball program managed to retain Coach Dave Snow, but the staff will have a different look with the addition of a full-time assistant to replace Snow's former aide, Chris Smith.

Snow's new sidekick is 30-year-old Bill Springman, an assistant coach at Rancho Santiago College last season and a former Angels minor league player.

Springman, a three-sport star at Dana Hills High in Orange County, was an assistant at Oklahoma from 1983-86 after playing infield at Cerritos College and Oral Roberts University. Springman played for the U.S. in the World Cup Games in 1977, was selected a first-team All-American by the Sporting News in 1978 and was named Class A shortstop of the year in 1979.

When his playing career didn't pan out, Springman switched to managing and has had success. This summer he managed Harwich to a title in the Cape Cod (Mass.) League and was named league manager of the year. In 1985 he was an assistant coach of the Liberal, Kan., team that won the National Baseball Congress championship. Springman got his bachelor's degree in physical education from Oklahoma.

Another coaching addition at Loyola is 26-year-old Jim Benedict, who will be graduate assistant coach. Benedict played in the Kansas City Royals organization and for Snow at Los Angeles Valley College. Benedict replaces Scott Cain, who will remain at Loyola to complete his degree.

Snow was wooed recently by Cal State Fullerton but decided to stay at Loyola. Smith, his top assistant and recruiter, is highly regarded around campus and in baseball circles. He managed in a summer league and was hired in August by the New York Yankees as a scout and minor league coach.

Around the horn: Some familiar faces helped the UC Berkeley women's soccer team defeat Cal State Dominguez Hills, 7-1, Saturday at Berkeley. Shelley Marsden, a graduate of West Torrance High, scored one of the Bears' goals, while Stacey Chapman out of South Torrance played defense. The Bears' coaching staff includes recent Berkeley graduate Leslie Gallimore out of South Torrance. She earned All-American honors as a player . . . Morningside High track star Althea Moses won the triple jump and set a national record of 40-1 1/2 at the AAU/USA Junior Olympic Games at Syracuse, N.Y. . . . Jessica Reifer, an eighth-grader from Torrance, is one of eight national recipients of the first Arco Jesse Owens Games $2,000 college scholarship awards. Reifer qualified by winning her age group's 1,500-meter run at a regional meet in June, then won the national championship at UCLA in August, running 5:07.5. She's a straight-A student, which was part of qualification.

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