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SATURDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: Former MLB pitcher Gullickson new St. Francis baseball coach

2013-08-24T22:00:00Z 2013-09-12T22:44:11Z SATURDAY'S ILLINOIS PREP ROUNDUP: Former MLB pitcher Gullickson new St. Francis baseball coachTimes Staff nwitimes.com
August 24, 2013 10:00 pm  • 

Former major league pitcher Bill Gullickson is St. Francis de Sales' director of baseball operations.

On a voluntary basis, Gullickson will step into this new role to build capacity, strategy and structure into the future of the program, according to a news release.

In a professional career spanning 18 years in Canada, the United States and Japan, Gullickson was the second overall selection in the 1977 draft when he was picked by the Montreal Expos.

In 1980, with a 10-5 record and a 3.00 ERA, Gullickson finished second to Steve Howe in the National League Rookie of the Year voting, and set a major league record for most strikeouts in a game by a rookie with 18. The record stood for 18 years until the Cubs' Kerry Wood broke it in 1998 with 20 strikeouts.

"Much like Bill Gullickson and his career, our baseball and athletic programs, as well as the entire school community, want to be uncommon," St. Francis de Sales athletic director Greg Modzelewski said in the release. "We've made a number of strategic changes to significantly raise the bar in athletics and other areas of the school, and Mr. Gullickson was a great addition to the team. I'm really looking forward to working with him."

Bill's brother, Tom, was recently named director of football operations at St. Francis de Sales over the summer.

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