The Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League announced that Jud Thigpen and Ted Currle will return to the helm for the 2013 Season. Thigpen will remain the club’s head coach and Currle will retain the position of associate head coach.
“I am very excited to have both Jud and Ted back with us this year,” said general manager Tom Healy. “The coaching staff did a fantastic job for us last year, they (Thigpen and Currle) work very well together and I feel that having the two of them back with us, knowing everything that we have and what we can offer they are the best two men to put us in a position to succeed.”
Thigpen and Currle led the 2012 Rox to a 30-23 regular season record in their first season as a member of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL), good enough to finish fourth in the nine team league, and earn a fourth place playoff spot. Six Rox players were announced to the first ever FCBL All-Star Team, including Norton's Sean Ryan along with a total of nine members of the team taking part in the league’s Scout Day. Local standout John Sheehan (Westwood, College of William and Mary) was named the FCBL Reliever of the Year.
In their inaugural season of the FCBL the Brockton Rox led the league in attendance, along with having the 12th highest average attendance in the country.
Currle is currently in his fifth season as the head coach of Norton High School’s football and baseball teams. Norton High baseball has reached the postseason four straight years under Currle’s tutelage, and in 2010, he led the Lancers to the Division 3 state baseball championship in just his second season with the program.
“It is very exciting to be back with such a great organization as the Brockton Rox, I’m thrilled to be working with Jud again,” said Currle. “I feel the Rox provide us with the best amenities to help our young players get better, which ultimately puts us in a better position to win, and I am just honored to be able to be a part of this great organization again.”
Prior to his time in Norton, Currle spent eight years at Liberty High School in Bealeton, VA as both a head coach and an assistant coach for the baseball program. Currle also spent eight years coaching the Fauquier Gators of the Valley League and Clark Griffith League, both summer collegiate baseball leagues in the Washington, D.C. area. As a player, Currle spent four seasons at Division I George Washington University in the late 90’s where he starred as an infielder for the Colonials.
In 2011, Currle had the honor of becoming the first head coach of the Martha's Vineyard Sharks of the FCBL. With Currle at the helm, the Sharks finished 23-21 in their inaugural season
Before coming back to Brockton as the Rox head coach for the 2012 season, Thigpen had spent two seasons with the Brockton Rox as a player from 2008 to 2009 and departed as one of the all-time greats in the history of the franchise. In 2009, he was named as the left fielder on the all-time Rox team.