The Greenville Tourism Committee voted last week to provide more than its budgeted amount of tourism funds to the I-70 Baseball Coaches Clinic at Greenville High School.
The clinic has been expanded to two days, January 17th and 18th.
The original budgeted amount of $1,500 was increased to $3,000 for the 13th annual clinic.
Joe Alstat, athletic director at GHS, said about 325 coaches attended last year’s clinic and he expects as many or more for the upcoming one. He believes having a two-day clinic will lead to more overnight stays at local motels.
Alstat added that bringing in that many persons will result in more business for gas stations and restaurants.
The motion to give $3,000 of tourism funds to promote the clinic was approved by a 6-0 vote of the committee.
The featured speaker the night of January 17 will be Leo Mazzone, former pitching coach for the Atlanta braves.
Other speakers on January 18 will be Jack Leggett, former head coach at Clemson University, Pat McMahon, coordinator of international player development for the New York Yankees, and Rick Eckstein, assistant coach at the University of Kentucky, former big league hitting coach, and brother of former St. Louis Cardinal David Eckstein.