The Lindenwood University-Belleville baseball program and coach Logan Johnson have announced the addition of former major league pitcher and local standout Randy Wells to the 2014 coaching staff. Wells will be a volunteer assistant for this year's team.
Wells started his playing career as a catcher at Southwestern Illinois College, where he played from 2000-2002. In the spring of 2002, Wells was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and in just three years he was named the Chicago Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year. In 2009 Wells was a finalist for the Rookie of the Year.
Johnson talked about the impact Wells will have on the program.
"It's great for our baseball program, the athletic department, and the university to have another local coach on our staff, "mentioned Johnson. "Randy has developed quality relationships in this area, and his connections will help our recruiting efforts as we continue to recruit the metro east area now and into the future."
Wells finished his career with 28 wins, in five major league seasons. Most recently Wells played for the Texas Rangers AAA affiliate Round Rock, before retiring.
"As a program, we're excited to add a coach that has played the game at the highest level, Randy has tremendous experience and insight to pass along to our team," stated Johnson. "As a coaching staff, we will benefit from him having another set of eyes watching and helping our players, and his knowledge of how the game is played will be a tremendous asset as we start our season."
The Lynx start their season on Feb. 14-15 when they host the College of the Ozarks for a pair of doubleheaders.
To start the season the Lynx will play their first 10 games at home, before going on the road to face future conference opponent Freed-Hardeman.