Puma Athletics is proud to have one of their own, Baseball head coach Victor Solis, serving as an assistant coach for USA Baseball's 15U National Team this summer. Solis will hit the road, along with GateWay Community College's head coach Rob Shabansky, this weekend.
Solis has worked with USA Baseball for over 10 years. He was an assistant coach for the 2006 18U National Team before being named manager of the 2007 18U squad. He has also worked at the USA Baseball National Team Championships for more than 10 years, helping identify players for USA Baseball national teams and national team development programs. Solis has over 15 years of coaching experience, including stints at the University of Arizona, the United States Military Academy at West Point, Glendale Community College (Glendale, Ariz.) and GateWay Community College (Phoenix, Ariz.). Solis has been the head coach at PVCC since the program's inception in 2008.
The 15U National Team will be selected through a revamped trials system in 2017. Trials will now be split into two phases. Both trials phases will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
Phase 1 will feature 72 players identified from the 2016 National Team Identification Series, 2016 14U National Team Developmental Program, the 2017 National Team Championships and the 2017 National Team Developmental Program. Thirty-four of those athletes will then be invited to Phase 2 before 20 players will be named to the final roster. The 2017 15U National Team will then train at the National Training Complex before competing in the 2017 Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE) Pan Am "AA" Championships in Cartagena, Colombia.
For the most up-to-date information on the 15U National Team, be sure to follow @USABaseball15U and @USABaseball on Twitter.
Good luck Coach Solis! Go USA!