Thursday, October 1, 2015
New York Mets minor leaguer Kevin McGowan, who completed the 2015 season with Double-A Binghamton, will serve as pitching coordinator for the Bobcats Winter Academy beginning January 9-10 at Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester. McGowan will oversee the Bobcats' throwing program and emphasize the importance of proper throwing mechanics, long toss and arm care. The Nashua North and Franklin Pierce University graduate plans to work with the Bobcats until leaving for spring training in early February.
McGowan fills the role of former St. Anselm College pitching coach Nick Cenatiempo, who has joined the coaching staff at SUNY Cortland. Structured workouts will be held on Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. and Sundays from 8-11 a.m. at USA. Bobcats teams practice for 90-minute sessions. McGowan joins a list of instructors that includes former professionals Greg LaRocca (Indians, Padres), Don Perigny (Marlins, White Sox) and others with college and pro experience. Last winter, Junior Mendez of the Oakland A's joined the Bobcats for several workouts.
"There is no substitute for an off-season program that gives young players an opportunity to practice good habits. I have been fortunate to learn from excellent coaches throughout my career, and I look forward to giving back to younger players whenever I can," said McGowan, who has worked with the Bobcats in the past. The Bobcats Winter Academy is included in player tuition. Non-rostered players are invited to attend winter training at a cost of $25 per session. For more information, contact program director Kevin Gray at 716-4433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.