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Matene and Martin to Lead Junior Black Sox

June 2, 2020

Wellington, NZ - - Matene and Martin to Lead Junior Black Sox

Bevan Matene is the new Junior Black Sox U18 Men’s Assistant Coach and will lead the next wave of talent through to the 2022 world cup with Head Coach Jarrad Martin.


Matene who served as the team’s Battery Coach over the previous three world championship campaigns in USA 2016, Canada 2018 and Palmerston North 2020 will link with cousin Martin, and newly appointed Team Manager Alf Robson, who are all from Taranaki.


“I feel very honoured and privileged to be the Assistant Coach for this team. I am looking forward to working with and a long side the management team but importantly strengthening our young athletes to be the best they can be for the 2022 World Cup. As Jarrad has said “it’s about these athletes achieving their goals and aspirations” Matene says.


A four-time world champion with the 1989 Junior Black Sox, 1996, 2000 and 2004 Black Sox, Matene has a wealth of experience to offer not only from a softball perspective but through his professional background at New Plymouth Boys’ High School. Matene is the Head of Faculty for the Arts and Languages, Head of the Māori Department, and the Hostel Master - Head of Carrington House for the hostel students.



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