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Krejci to lead baseball clinics in Russia

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 11:08 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014 11:45 a.m. CDT
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Bill Krejci has presented many baseball clinics during his career at Southwestern and for USA Baseball. Next week he will lead a series of instructional clinics for coaches in Russia, and supervise Russian national team workouts.

Bill Krejci's next duty for USA Baseball is taking him to Russia next week.

The Southwestern Community College athletic director and former baseball coach will arrive in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday after giving a hitting clinic in Carroll this weekend. His tour of clinics and a Russian national team workout ends on March 19.

Krejci will join Bob Protexter of Sioux City, who arrived in Russia during the Winter Olympics. The former Spartan coach will serve as head speaker and clinician for a three-day coaches seminar, with one day to include softball as well.

Krejci will serve another three days working in a camp setting and helping with the evaluation process for the Russian National Baseball Teams of all ages. He will also appear at a press conference at the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow, followed by meetings with Russian baseball officials and sports officials to help develop the sport in a nation where it did not exist 30 years ago.

Krejci and Protexter have been invited to Moscow by Alexander Nizov, Russian baseball coach and a former minor league player in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim system.

Krejci was head baseball coach at SWCC for 22 years, compiling a school-record 543wins. He has been athletic director since 2000.

Since 1996, Krejci has been affiliated with USA Baseball, the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States. In 1996 and 1997 Krejci serves as a trials coach for the USA national 18-and-under team.

He then coached with the USA national 16-and-under team for two summers, as assistant coach in 1998 and field manage in 1999, leading the United States to an undefeated record at the PAL World Series.

During the summer of 2000, Krejci was field manager for the USA 18-under team that won the silver medal in the World Junior Championship in Edmonton, Canada.

He was assistant coach for the 2009 18-under team that won the organization's first gold medal in the Junior Pan American Games in Venezuela.

Overall, Krejci has helped lead his teams to two gold medals, two slivers a PAL World Series title, three undefeated summers and an overall record of 40-3 as USA Baseball coach.

Last year he served as business manager for the first ever 12-under USA national team that won the gold medal in Chinese Taipei.

Through USA baseball activities, Krejci has coached 11 players who are now playing major league baseball, including Joe Mauer, Bryce Harper and J.J. Hardy.

He continues his work with USA Baseball as a special advisor and talent evaluator for Team USA of various age groups.

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