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October 1, 2010

Dorsett to return as Terre Haute Rex manager

TERRE HAUTE — Even though Brian Dorsett keeps busy running his Terre Haute auto dealership, the former Indiana State University athlete and former major-league player can’t quit baseball cold turkey.

He won’t allow himself to do it. Not yet anyway.

So Dorsett told Terre Haute Rex fans and business supporters during a luncheon Thursday at Clabber Girl Bake Shop that he will return to manage the summer college team for its second season in 2011.

“It certainly got easier for me to make the decision once baseball season was over and I realized how much I was missing being around the guys,” he told the Tribune-Star afterward. “I had nothing but high praise for the Rex organization from what we went through [in 2010]. That team was just amazing to be around. So when I thought back on it recently, there was a lot of demand on my time … but there was no reason for me not to come back. It was what I wanted to do.”

“We’re overly excited about Brian coming back as the manager,” Rex general manager Roland Shelton said. “His professionalism, his understanding of baseball from the collegiate level to the professional level really sustained our year. He represents the organization at the highest level.”

Shelton also praised Dorsett and his staff for how they interacted with players this past season.

“It’s not just about coaching them on the field,” he explained. “It’s teaching them how to be professionals … and Brian brings that to the table every day.”

Shelton also announced at the luncheon that former ISU assistant coach Casey DeGroote, who served as a Rex assistant this past season, has been promoted to the position of operations manager within the organization.

“I’ve spent hours with Casey and identified him as a person we’d like to move up through the organization,” Shelton told the Tribune-Star. “Looking at Casey, he has some key ingredients to be successful. He has the passion to be very successful, he has the knowledge of baseball … and, finally, he has the skills.

“We’ll see him grow into more of a leadership role in the organization. As operations manager, he’ll be directly below me [in the chain of command]. He’s my protégé. He’s my my right- and left-hand guy, along with [Rex financial manager] Matt Foster.”

On a related note, Shelton said DeGroote aspires to be the Rex general manager someday.

“I told him he has to move me out of the way,” Shelton added with a chuckle. “So in order to do that — I’m an old-school guy — he has to prove it to me and prove it to us. And he’s doing it. Let me tell you, he’s doing an outstanding job.”

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