Curry an­nounces staff ad­di­tion, pro­mo­tion

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LIT­TLE ROCK- Lit­tle Rock Tro­jans base­ball

Head Coach Chris Curry has an­nounced the pro­mo­tion of Jacob Caples to Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tions and Player Devel­op­ment and the ad­di­tion of Chris­tian Reyes as Grad­u­ate Man­ager.

Caples joins the Tro­jans for his sec­ond sea­son af­ter serv­ing as the team’s Grad­u­ate Man­ager dur­ing the 2019 sea­son. He helped lead the team to their first win­ning sea­son since 2010, a pro­gram-record 18 con­fer­ence wins and a mon­u­men­tal 17-7 vic­tory over Arkansas.

“Jacob is a hard worker, very in­tel­li­gent and is go­ing to be a star in the game,” Curry said. “We’re for­tu­nate to have him and the role he’ll take on for us is one of great at­ten­tion to de­tail and will ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit our play­ers and take us another step for­ward to­wards win­ning a cham­pi­onship.”

Reyes will re­turn to the pro­gram as a grad­u­ate man­ager af­ter let­ter­ing with Lit­tle Rock for four years. The Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, na­tive was the start­ing short­stop on the record-break­ing 2019 team and broke the pro­gram record for sac­ri­fice bunts with 28 in his ca­reer. Reyes started all 57 games and led the team in runs scored dur­ing his se­nior cam­paign.

“It’s al­ways grat­i­fy­ing when a player com­mits to you, stays loyal and gives the pro­gram ev­ery­thing he’s got for four years,” Curry said. “[Reyes] set pro­gram records and brought the pro­gram to new heights. Now we have a player on the other side of the white line to help us in the coaches’ of­fices and in the dugout to help the next gen­er­a­tion of play­ers. He was a coach on the field dur­ing his play­ing time and there is doubt he’ll be a very good coach one day.”

In 2020, Caples and Reyes will look to build upon the Tro­jans’ mas­sively suc­cess­ful sea­son they en­joyed in 2019.

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