Holly Springs, NC – The Holly Springs Salamanders announced Kevin Soine will be returning as Head Coach for the 2021 season. Soine was scheduled to return in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns and re-joins the Salamanders looking to build on the championship season he experienced as an Assistant Coach for the Macon Bacon during the shortened 2020 Coastal Plain League season.
“Undoubtedly, there was a much different feel to last summer. I was disappointed I was unable to spend the summer in Holly Springs, but I completely understand the decision that was made,” said Coach Soine. “Winning the CPL Championship amid a pandemic is almost an indescribable feeling. I am extremely excited to carry that momentum into this summer in Holly Springs!”
This will be Soine’s fifth season in the Coastal Plain League and third as a head coach. He currently serves as an Assistant Baseball Coach at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.
“We are excited Kevin is returning to the Salamanders, not only for his baseball knowledge, but for his experience in navigating a club to a CPL championship during the pandemic,” said Salamanders General Manager Chip Hutchinson. “Having that experience has enabled us to build some continuity and we hope that translates into a winning product on the field and in the community. We look forward to a safe and successful return to baseball for the 2021 campaign.”
Soine has also served as the Head Coach of Ridgewater College, an Assistant Coach for Murray State College, and Graduate Assistant at the University of Dubuque. As a player, he played outfield and pitched for Grand View University, earning all-conference honors twice. Before transferring to GVU, he played two seasons as an outfielder at Century College. Soine grew up in Spicer, MN where he attended New London-Spicer High School.
“I am exceptionally grateful to be a part of the Salamanders organization for another summer, and to work alongside Chip and the rest of staff. The fans and community have made me feel as though North Carolina is my second home,” Soine said. “As we return to play, I cannot wait to see our fans in the stands. I know Mander Nation will be completely behind us!”