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Liberal Bee Jay General Manager Bob Carlile has announced Mike Silva will be the next head coach of the club for the 2011 season.
Mike Silva has spent three seasons as the head baseball coach at Clarendon College. He joined that program as head coach in 2008. For the 2010 season, the Bulldogs finished with an overall record of 38-17, 19-13 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs were also ranked as high as 15th in the national polls, and in the Top 10 for batting average.
Also in 2010, for the second time in the team’s history, a Bulldogs player was named an NJCAA All-American. Edwin Arroyo also earned the Region V Big Stick award and was the WJCAC Conference Player of the Year.
In 2009, the team finished in second place in the WJCAC conference and third in NJCAA Region V, with an overall record of 39-18, and 23-9 in conference. In 2008, Silva helped lead the Bulldogs to a 40-16 record and a Region 5 Runner-up finish.
During his tenure at Clarendon College, the baseball program has produced many all-conference selections, and helped several players be placed in some of the country’s premier Division I baseball programs.
Silva began his coaching career as an assistant for Clarendon College in the fall of 2003. During the 2003-2004 campaign, he played an instrumental role in the record-setting season in which the team was ranked 10th nationally, and had a season’s best 43 wins. The Bulldogs also won the 2004 WJCAC North Division Championship and advanced to the Region 5 Tournament.
Silva joined the team again in 2005 and helped guide the Bulldogs to yet another Region 5 Tournament berth. In 2006-2007, Silva was the head assistant at Bethany College in Lindsborg. While at Bethany, he helped guide the Swedes to a top 25 national ranking in the NAIA.
Silva played collegiate baseball at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. While at Northwestern, he helped the Rangers set the record for the most wins in a season with 49, and achieve their highest ever national ranking of seventh. Silva also spent part of the summer as member of the Liberal Bee Jays in 2001.
After completing his collegiate playing career, Silva signed a professional baseball contract with the Pensacola Pelicans, an Independent professional team in Pensacola, Fla., and was selected as a member of the all-star team in his rookie season. Silva finished up his playing career in the Frontier League with the Richmond Roosters of Richmond, Ind.
Silva is a native of Hull, Massachusetts, and is married to the former Reagan Page of Perryton, Texas.