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Everidge rejoins A’s as Class-A hitting coach

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After retiring as a professional baseball player in 2012, Glen Ellen’s Tommy Everidge – a 2001 Sonoma Valley High School graduate and former prep star and Sonoma State University All-American and Hall of Famer – remained in the sport in 2013 when head baseball coach Don Lyons made him the Dragons batting coach.

With one year of prep coaching and tutoring young players in the fine art of hitting, Everidge is now back in the pro baseball world after being hired as the batting coach for the (Burlington) Vermont Lake Monsters, which is the NY-Penn League Class-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, who originally drafted him in the 10th round of the 2004 draft.

Starting his rise up the pro-baseball-coaching ladder, Everidge will join new Vermont manager David Newhan’s coaching staff, which includes pitching coach and former Major League pitcher Craig Lefferts. The Lake Monsters compete in the single-A short-season playing 78 regular season games scheduled to begin in June 2014.

As a player, Everidge rose up the ranks to play for the Oakland A’s in 2009, and later played for the Seattle Mariners and Houston Astros organizations, before becoming the Atlantic League’s Player of the Year as a member of pro-baseball’s independent league Lancaster (Pa.) Barnstormers.