Don Schulze was the 11th overall selection in the 1980 MLB amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs, and following his career, has dedicated his life to professional baseball. The Roselle native now calls Dixon home, where he's been a resident for more than twenty years. He's entering his eleventh season in the Oakland Athletics organization, where he serves as the Beloit Snappers pitching coach.
"It's been great being back home. Working with Fran (Riordan), a true professional. He's managed around the area so he's familiar with it."
Fran Riordan managed in the Frontier League and is in his second season as the Snappers skipper. He says he's lucky to have Schulze on his staff in Beloit.
"Don's got a very unique gift to be able to individually work with these guys and get them to get the most of their ability," Riordan says.
The Snappers are in the top five in ERA in the Midwest League, and lead all teams with 13 shutouts. Evan Manarino sports a 2.18 ERA to lead the team, and says Schulze has been a big influence.
"It's awesome because he knows how we're feeling with the grind of a long season," Manarino said. "For a lot of us, it's our first full season. He's been through the same thing as us so he knows how it works, how the body feels sometimes. It's good to have him as a pitching coach."