MARSHALL - The Marshall A's have hired former player and Marshall-native Matt Suby as the next manager. Suby will be taking over for Sean Culhane, who retired this past January.
"His knowledge of the game is just incredible," Marshall Baseball Association President Kelly Loft said. "He's a Marshall guy who played college baseball. It was a real natural fit and an easy decision for us."
Suby was a member of four state tournament teams (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010) during his nine-year career with the A's before retiring as as player after the 2011 season.
Though not far removed from his playing days, managing is something hat has always appealed to Suby.
"It's something that has always been on my mind," Suby said. " I talked with my wife and we thought it was a great opportunity, so we jumped at it."
Suby will take over a team that advanced to the sectional tournament last season and came up just one game short of super-sectionals, suffering a loss to Cold Spring, the eventual Class B State champion.
Hitting will once again be the strong suit for the A's as they hit for a team average of .328 last season.
While the team did have success last season, Suby isn't against making some changes in order to give the team the identity he feels it needs.
This will come as soon as he gets a better feel for his roster.
"It depends on who is going to be around this summer," Suby said. "I'd like to find out the personality of the team first, but I know I'll be working with some talented guys and I'm hoping for a productive season."