Raleigh, NC, October 04, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Chris Duty has been named the university’s first head baseball coach. In his position, Duty will be responsible for overseeing the recruitment of high school students and junior college baseball players in an effort to build the first baseball team, which will compete in the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference. Additionally, he will attend baseball showcases across the state of North Carolina, meet with local community college coaches and develop the home game baseball schedule, which will take effect in the spring of 2014.
Outside of the university, Duty serves as the athletic facility supervisor for the USA Baseball National Training Complex, located in Cary, N.C. He has coached baseball for more than four years and worked as an associate scout with the Baltimore Orioles prior to joining William Peace University.
“One of the most exciting opportunities you can have as a coach is being able to serve on a college campus and build a team from the ground up,” said Duty. “As baseball is a sport that has encompassed my entire life, I value the opportunity the school has given me to work alongside students and develop the talents of young collegiate athletes who will be participating in William Peace University’s baseball program.”
“As with other college campuses, the athletic programs of William Peace University serve as an opportunity to gather our student body in support of our athletes and show unwavering school spirit, so naturally we are elated to expand that feeling to the baseball field,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., President of William Peace University. “Chris’ commitment and passion for the sport of baseball and advancing the talent of young athletes is undeniable. He will serve as a wonderful asset to our university, and I look forward to the program he will build over the coming years for William Peace University.”
- Duty graduated from NC State University with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management. A graduate of the Major League Baseball Scouting School, Duty serves as a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association and the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association.
- He resides in Clayton, N.C., with his wife, daughter and twin sons.
- William Peace University is offering several other men’s sports for the first time for the 2012-2013 school year, including men’s basketball, cross country and golf. To date, women’s sports offered at William Peace University includes basketball, cross county, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. For more information, visit http://www.gopeacepacers.org/landing/index.
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William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women's college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor's students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university's graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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