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July 14, 2006

Weaver and Murray added to USI baseball staff

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana baseball Head Coach Tracy Archuleta announced the addition of Assistant Coach Joel Weaver and Graduate Assistant Coach Dustin Murray to his staff for 2006-07.

Weaver joins the USI staff after two seasons with the Wayne State College (Nebraska) baseball program. He was responsible for working with the pitchers, recruiting, and camp coordination during his tenure at WSC.

Prior to joining the WSC staff, Weaver spent one year as a student assistant at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Weaver also pitched four seasons for UW-Parkside and was a member of the staff that ranked first nationally in ERA in 2000. He also set the Ranger record for career appearances (65).

Weaver, a native of West Allis, Wisconsin, earned a bachelor's degree from UW-Parkside and a master's degree from WSC in sports management.

Murray comes to USI after spending the 2006 season as a student assistant on Archuleta's staff at UW-Parkside. He played three seasons for UW-Parkside after transferring from Lethbridge Community College, where he led his team to the 2002 Canadian championship.

The native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, played in 92 games for UW-Parkside during his three seasons. He batted .281 with 14 RBIs and 14 runs scored as a senior in 2005 in helping lead the Rangers to the GLVC championship and the NCAA Division II North Central Regional finals.

Murray graduated from UW-Parkside last May with a bachelor's degree in Sports and Fitness Management.

"We are very excited to have Joel and Dustin join the USI family," said Archuleta. "They both are very familiar with my system and have a great deal of experience in our conference since they both have played and coached in the GLVC.

"Joel will be a great model for our pitchers to learn from and his knowledge base of recent trends in pitcher development will be an asset," continued Archuleta. "Dustin will work with our catchers and run our strength and conditioning program. He has a true passion for the game of baseball and a strong commitment to developing the student-athletes."

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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