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Woodstock hires Betterly as coach

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WOODSTOCK -- Philip Betterly spent 2010 as an assistant coach for the New Market Rebels. Next season he will be back in the Valley League -- as a manager.

The Woodstock River Bandits announced Tuesday that Betterly has been hired as the team's manager for the 2012 season. Betterly is currently an assistant coach at Frostburg State.

"It means a lot to be back in the Valley League," Betterly said, at a press conference held at the Farm Bureau Insurance building in Woodstock. "It's a real honor to be the head coach of this team."

Betterly is a graduate of Brentsville High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education at Methodist University, and is currently working on his Master's degree in administration and supervision.

He graduated from Methodist University in 2009 and was a volunteer assistant coach at the school in 2010.

Betterly spent this past summer as an assistant coach for the Florence Red Wolves in the Coastal Plains League.

The River Bandits went 20-24 last season under Brent Haring. River Bandits president Porky Bowman said Haring decided not to return next season. Woodstock just missed earning a playoff spot.

Betterly said he immediately begin working on finding a coaching staff and trying to get the best players he can to come to Woodstock. He said he hopes to have a mix of Division I and II, with a few Division III players on the team. Betterly said what is most important is to have players with the right attitude.

"I hope we get some great guys with a blue-collar attitude, who are professional on and off the field," Betterly said. "I'd like to get into the playoffs and see if we can make a run."

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