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Coach Nick Holmes returning to Corner Brook

Coach Nick Holmes throws some batting practice during a Corner Brook minor baseball session from 2016 in this Star file photo. Holmes will back at the helm as technical director of the Corner Brook minor baseball system again this summer.
Coach Nick Holmes throws some batting practice during a Corner Brook minor baseball session from 2016 in this Star file photo. Holmes will back at the helm as technical director of the Corner Brook minor baseball system again this summer.

Nick Holmes entertained offers to coach or scout baseball talent in different parts of the United States, but he decided he wanted more of a place that made him feel at home.

Holmes, a native of Des Moines, Iowa  — who has operated baseball academies in various parts of the world — will be hanging his hat in Corner Brook once again as the technical director of the Corner Brook Baseball Association.

Holmes will arrive in Corner Brook around mid-April. He will lend his expertise to the spring baseball program before picking up where he left off last summer as the technical director for one of the biggest minor baseball programs in the province.

“I felt like I had a little bit of unfinished business and wanted to keep the program rolling,” he said.

He wants to make the program even better than it was by addressing the weaknesses and building on the strengths he sees in the program.

He felt like he was just getting settled in when it was time to go, so he’s going to be here longer this time and wants to have more structure to the program so that it will be strong when he eventually moves on to other things.

He also wants to share his knowledge with the coaching staff so they will have the wisdom to share with their players down the road.

His family enjoyed Corner Brook when he ran the minor baseball program in 2016. He loved the friendly nature of the people and formed some great friendships along the way. His daughter is always talking about how much she loves the place so he figured it was the best decision for his family to return.

He figures he’s in a better position to handle his coaching duties now that he’s familiar with his surroundings. He knows a lot of the players through relationships he built last summer and also has a handle on the coaching staff he works with in an effort to provide boys and girls with a fun experience where they learn how to play the game.

“A lot of it is just getting out there and getting comfortable, and being around the kids and making sure they’re having a good time,” he said.

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