Former players to head HiToms
When the HiToms take the field next summer, the three men coaching them will share a special bond. They all have played for the organization.
HiToms Legend Zach Brown was named the new manager of the team Dec. 12, and he brings in two assistant coaches that he played with during his time at Finch Field. Shelton Cisson (2005) and Wilson Boyd (2006) will be returning in hopes of getting the organization back to competing for Petitt Cup championships.
“When Greg offered me the job they were the first two I thought of,” said Brown. “Lucky for me they were both available and wanted to do it.”
Cisson was a Coastal Plain League All-Star and teamed with Brown to win the Western Division title. He is in his third season as an assistant at Erskine College, where he starred on the diamond. Cisson was rated the 17th best overall prospect in South Carolina for the 2003 class. While playing for the Fleet, he was a three-time All-CVAC performer and made the All-Region team in 2005. His name was etched into the Division II record books in 2007 as he set the all-time record in hits (366) and doubles (81). His jersey was later retired by the college. Cisson went on to sign a professional contract with the Rockford RiverHawks of the Frontier League in 2008.
“The year after I played in Thomasville I went and played in the Valley League in Virginia,” said Cisson. “I can tell you right now the experience I had in Virginia was nowhere near the experience I had here. The overall atmosphere of the CPL and the crowds were almost like a minor league atmosphere. My experience here as a player was really what drew me back to coach.”
Boyd was a teammate of Brown’s on the 2006 Petitt Cup championship squad. That season he paced the Tommies in batting average (.326) and was second on the team in RBI (31), home runs (4) and on base percentage (.396). He was also selected as a CPL All-Star.
He was a four-year starter at Clemson, posting a career batting average of .306. He won numerous awards as a Tiger and participated in one NCAA College World Series.
Boyd currently serves as an assistant at Winthrop University
“This organization made a difference in my playing career and the people I have met in it,” Boyd said. “So when I had the opportunity I was very excited to come back.”
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