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Williamsport names new spring coaches

December 15, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT — The Williamsport Wildcats will have two new coaches turning in lineup cards next spring.

David Warrenfeltz, a Williamsport graduate and a fourth-grade teacher at Fountaindale Elementary School, has been named the head baseball coach, while Jennie Finafrock, a teacher at Williamsport High, has been named softball coach.

Warrenfeltz graduated in 2005 and was an all-county catcher. He studied early childhood education and psychology at University of Maryland-Baltimore County. He also is the Wildcats’ JV boys basketball coach.

“This is a great opportunity and it will be special to coach at my alma mater,” said Warrenfeltz. “In high school I thought about coaching, but when I got into college I quickly realized it was something I wanted to do. Studying to work with kids, I saw the impact I could have and by coaching I could do that.”

Warrenfeltz played during one of Williamsport’s most esteemed eras, catching Nick Adenhart, who went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels before his life was cut short in a car crash in 2009.

“Every time I step on to the field, I think of the memories and I know I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for (Nick) as a player,” said Warrenfeltz, who succeeds Larnie Vickers as coach. “I was the only one who could catch him. From there, I learned everyone’s job on the field.”

Finafrock, who lives in Falling Waters, W.Va. and succeeds Tom Dzur, graduated from Hedgesville High School in 2006 and went on to play first and third base for the Davis & Elkins softball team.

“(Williamsport) has had plenty of success in the past and I want to spark the passion,” said Finafrock, who has a degree in mathematics. “I want to get out of my players all I can, and at the same time have them enjoy playing the game.”

Practice for the spring sports season begins March 1, 2011.

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