Bellingham Bells hire new assistant coach as June 1 season opener nears

The Bellingham Bells have hired Damon Lessler as an assistant coach for the 2012 season.

Lessler is currently an assistant coach for the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies and will report to Bellingham at the conclusion of Oakland’s season.

“We could not be more excited to have Coach Lessler join our staff,” Nick Caples, the team’s general manager, said in a May 17 press release. “As a highly sought after, up-and-coming coach, Damon had plenty of offers in front of him for this summer, so we are humbled that he chose to join us in Bellingham.”

Lessler played college baseball at Mississippi Valley State University where he graduated with valedictorian honors. He then went on to play professional baseball with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association of Professional Baseball and the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League.

He has also played overseas in Germany, Sweden and Australia.

The Bells open the 2012 season with a home game against the Wenatchee AppleSox at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.

Lessler is excited for the opportunity to be involved with the Bells, an organization he said has class and integrity.

“You can tell right away when you deal with the front office and the coaching staff that you’re working with people of high character,” Lessler said. “These are things I value.”

The Bells are online at www.bellinghambells.com.

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