Dansville Graduate Resumes Coaching Career With Hornell Dodgers

Frank Williams —  Sunday, June 2, 2013

Having the pleasure of being involved with collegiate baseball in Hornell for many years, I can’t say there were many people at the ballpark that I’d more enjoy talking to about the game (let alone anything else) but Dansville graduate Tom Kenney. The greatest thing is that Tom is back at the helm of the Hornell Dodgers bench here in their 20th Anniversary season in the Maple City. No, it wasn’t something that was planned on either side…but I’m glad it happened. Dodger General Manager Paul Welker received notice only about a week or so ago that the expected manager of the club Jake Tenhouse, was not able to return here in 2013. At this late date, less than 2 weeks before the season’s opener, what is the front office to do? Welker stated in a press release dated May 31st…”I am extremely excited that we were able to convince Tom to take the head coaching position. To have a guy with his baseball knowledge and expertise to lead our team is not only a great thing for the guys on the team, but its awesome to have a person who has meant so much to our franchise’s history, to return in an active role in the organization.” Kenney has served in just about every capacity down through the years with the Dodgers, except as the field general.
In addition to being a Dansville high school & SUNY Brockport graduate, he also instituted the baseball program at Alfred State College. He led the Pioneers to 646 wins, five Region III titles, five New York Athletic Conference titles during his tenure. he was named Region III Coach of the Year six times. In a New York Collegiate Baseball League capacity, Tom helped found and coach the Cohocton Red Wings before later heading up a community group which put the Hornell Dodgers back on the map in 1994. Welker added, “Tom has jumped into this coaching position head first the past couple of days as we have transitioned our plans for the 2013 season. I believe that with Tom in the dugout we will be very competitive and be very fun to watch.” The Dodgers open their season at Maple City Park on Thursday (June 6th) at 7pm when the Niagara Power come to town.