By: Michael Raines
The Terre Haute Rex announced last week that Brian Dorsett will return to manage the team for the 2011 season.
Dorsett said he and the team reached the agreement shortly after the end of the 2010 season. "[General manager] Roland Shelton and I spoke on several occasions about the success of the Rex and how we wanted to continue to build on a solid foundation that we had built in 2010," Dorsett said. "I was very happy to return as the head coach and feel very good about the direction of the organization. We began to discuss the details of the contract and we agreed to the terms."
Although the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, Shelton said the contract will extend into the 2012 season. "Both parties [the Rex and Dorsett] will review the team's progress at the end of each season," Shelton said.
Shelton said the front office wanted Dorsett back as soon as the 2010 season ended, adding that Dorsett's ability to put the first-year organization into a position to battle for a playoff berth was a major factor. Shelton also appreciated Dorsett's commitment to the team, which was evident as Dorsett managed the Rex and ran his personal business, Dorsett Mitsubishi.
Dorsett expressed a desire to improve upon the 2010 results. "I was very happy with our team last season and had a great relationship with the players, coaches and front office," Dorsett said. "We have the opportunity to build on our 29 wins with the idea of improving and making a run to solidify our team in order to reach the playoffs next season."
Dorsett said the organization has already added three left-handed pitchers to the roster for 2011 and is looking to add more speed on the basepaths. A preliminary roster for the 2011 iteration of the team features 12 players who have already agreed to play for the Rex. More players will be added to the roster as the organization gears up for the 2011 season, which will open on Thursday, June 2.
"It is with great pleasure that I am to coach in the Prospect League for a super organization like the Terre Haute Rex," Dorsett said. "I look forward to 2011 with great anticipation."