Corvallis Knights manager Brooke Knight has emerged as a serious candidate for the field manager’s position with Team Australia Baseball, that country’s national team.

Knight has a successful coaching history in Australia, having directed the Perth Heat to the 2011 and 2012 Australian Baseball League championships. He also had a successful stint with the ABL’s Adelaide Bite in 2014-15.

Team Australia hopes to have its new manager in place as early as possible in 2018 so it can begin to prepare for the upcoming 2019 Premier 12, Olympic qualification, 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2021 World Baseball Classic events scheduled over the next three years.

“To even be mentioned in the discussion is quite an honor,” said Knight, a Corvallis native who graduated from Crescent Valley High School before playing at Linfield, Oregon State and Western Oregon and in the minor leagues in the Milwaukee and Pittsburgh organizations.

The Team Australia program is being restructured. Former Minnesota Twins infielder Glenn Williams, an Australia native and member of the country’s 2004 Olympic silver-medalist team, was recently appointed to the newly created position of Team Australia general manager.

The new manager will work with Williams and the Baseball Australia High Performance Team in upcoming events such as the Premier 12, Olympic qualification, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and World Baseball Classic events.

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