08/07/2017 10:51 AM -
We had a chance to visit with the WMBL 2017 Coach of the Year Phil Curtis after his series clinching win against Regina.
Phil Curtis – The Beavers Bench Strength
Now in his fifth season as bench boss of the Beavers, Curtis has his club playing at a high level as they move to the Eastern Division final against the Swift Current 57’s.
Part of the Beavers’ success has been the consistency of the coaching staff which includes Curtis and his brother Cory, who has been an assistant coach in Weyburn for three years.
As most fans around the WMBL can attest, the brother tandem has been positive for the Weyburn players as they continue to excel under their direction.
This season, the Curtis brothers led the Beavers to a second-place finish in the Eastern Division.
For his efforts, Phil Curtis was named Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.
“It is a proud moment for the entire team,” said Curtis. “The guys battled all year and I was rewarded for it, but the overall credit goes to the guys on the field.”
Known as the consummate team player during his playing days, Curtis continues to give the credit for the Beaver’s on-field success to his players.
“A lot of our success has to do with our guys playing as a team,” said Curtis. “It’s a team effort, it’s having guys just going out and competing for each other, that was the biggest thing.”
The Beavers have advanced to the Division final by playing great defence, getting timely hitting and aggressive base running.
“Everyone is just doing their job whether it’s coming out of the bullpen, playing good defence, or giving us a quality at bat when called on.”
As for continued success in the WMBL playoffs, Curtis looks to his players to continue to play as a team.
“We’ll just focus on ourselves and hopefully our guys will put a good effort forward,” said Curtis. “The cohesiveness of our team is the strength of our team.”