Starfires announce Tony Deshler as Head Coach

The Westfield Starfires have tabbed Bates College assistant Tony Deshler as Head Coach / Field Manager for the 2020 season.

Deshler is entering his fourth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bates baseball program in 2020. In his three seasons with the Bobcats, they have reached the NESCAC championships every year. In 2019, Bates had its best NESCAC record in school history.

“Everything happening with this young organization is very exciting and the sky is the limit for this summer in Westfield,” said Deshler. “I look forward to diving headfirst into the position and bringing an aggressive style of play to Westfield. We have the pieces in place to compete at the top of the Futures League this summer and into the future. I can’t wait to call Bullens Field home for the summer of 2020.”

Deshler previously served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Elmira College from 2014-2016 where he earned his Master's Degree in General Education. As the first assistant baseball coach in Elmira College's history, Deshler organized and maintained a national recruiting database while also running the school's first prospect and youth baseball camps.

“We are excited to have Tony leading our baseball team,” said Don Moorhouse, co-owner of the Starfires. “We have spent this offseason upgrading every aspect of our organization and he will be an integral part of our overall success.”

Deshler has extensive experience in collegiate summer baseball. For the past four summers, Deshler has served as the GM of the Murrells Inlet Longboards of the Beach Collegiate Baseball League. For the Longboards he recruited talent from all across the country and oversaw all baseball operations.

Prior to his time as a coach, Deshler was a four-year standout at Brandeis University where he played a variety of positions as a utility player.  A two-year team captain, Deshler was a three-time All-UAA Conference Team honoree and was named the UAA Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008.  Deshler exited Brandeis as the program’s second all-time leader in career hits with 207 and the program’s all-time leader in games played and started with 157.


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