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Three coaches part of Hall of Fame class

Three baseball coaches and a former assistant tournament director have been elected to the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) College coach Tim Wallace, South Suburban (Ill.) College coach Steve Ruzich and Suffolk County (N.Y.) Community College coach Eric Brown join former NJCAA Division II World Series assistant tournament director Thomas Rogers in this year’s Hall of Fame class.
The four inductees will be honored at the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series pre-tournament banquet on May 23 at Two Rivers Convention Center.




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