Morehead City, NC — The Morehead City Marlins have announced that Sam Carel will return to Morehead City to lead the Marlins on the field in 2022.

Carel returns to Morehead City where he led the Marlins in 2014.

“Our organization is proud to welcome Sam back to Morehead City. He has always been part of our Marlins family,” said Marlins owner Buddy Bengel. “When the opportunity to lead the Marlins came available, we knew Sam was the right guy. His experience in leading championship programs will be exactly what is needed to continue our winning culture here in Morehead City.”

Previously, Carel was the head baseball coach for Northwestern Oklahoma State University, an NCAA Division II school, from 2014 – 2017. During his tenure at Northwestern Oklahoma State, the team established a new single-season record for wins in the Great American Conference.

Prior to coaching at Northwestern Oklahoma State, Carel was the head coach coached at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri from 2006 through 2014. While at Jefferson, the baseball team made two appearances at the NJCAA Division I JUCO World Series. Additionally, fifteen of his players at Jefferson were selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Carel also served as an assistant coach at Missouri State University, located in Springfield, Missouri, where his team qualified for the Division 1 College World Series in Omaha. Sam is currently the head coach at St. Mary’s High School.

“To say that I am thrilled to be back in Morehead City would be a severe understatement,” said new manager Sam Carel. “I look forward to continuing the championship culture that Jesse Lancaster (former Marlins manager) and the Marlins have built. The Marlins and the Morehead City community have always felt like family to me. I simply can’t wait to get back to the Crystal Coast to win another Petitt Cup championship for the fans in Morehead City.”

“I am beyond thankful for the opportunity that Buddy, Jeff, and the entire Marlins organization has provided me to return to Morehead City,” added Carel.

The Marlins 2022 season begins with Opening Night scheduled for Friday, May 27th against the Wilson Tobs, and runs through July 30th with the Petitt Cup Playoffs scheduled for the first week of August.

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