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Orleans Manager Steps Down

08/14/2001 11:40 AM

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For immediate release:  14 August, 2001
Orleans Manager Steps Down, Cardinals Hire New Man

ORLEANS -- The Orleans Athletic Association announced yesterday (Aug. 14) that five-year field manager Don Norris has stepped down in light of his recent hiring as the Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Georgia, his alma mater. Norris, who managed the Cardinals since 1997, leaves the Cape League with a 103-116-1 lifetime record. He brought the Cardinals to the playoffs once in 1999 when CCBL MVP Lance Niekro helped pave the way to a superb 29-16 campaign. The Cards fell to Chatham that season in the East Divisional Series.

     In 2000, Norris again led the Cardinals to a second place finish, but that season Orleans ended tied with Chatham in second place; both teams were forced to play a one-game playoff to decide which team would go to the divisional series versus Brewster. This year, Norris' squad finished in third place at 20-24.

     In announcing Norris' career move, the Orleans Athletic Association also announced yesterday (Aug. 14) that replacing the former Georgia Southern head coach would be former Cardinals' assistant coach Carmen Carcone. Carcone was Norris' assistant with Orleans in 1998 and 1999. Following the 1999 season, Carcone went on to manage the Newport Gulls in the newly established New England Collegiate Baseball League. That season, Carcone led the Gulls to the NECBL playoffs but the Gulls finished as runners-up. This summer, Carcone's NECBL team captured the league championship.

     Originally from Utica, NY, Carcone played his college ball at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He played in the Northeast Collegiate League and then served as an assistant coach at SUNY-Cortland and Cornell University.

     "The Cardinals are proud of the achievements of these fine young coaches," Orleans General Manager Sue Horton stated in a press release. "(The Cardinals) look forward to new opportunities and an exciting future for both of them."


Orleans Cardinals Field Manager Don Norris (Georgia College & State University) has accepted the position of Director of Baseball Operations at the University of Georgia and will hand the Cardinals reigns to former assistant Carmen Carcone.  
Photo by Sean Walsh /CCBL

Former Orleans assistant coach Carmen Carcone will now serve as the team's field manager in place of his well-respected predecessor, Don Norris. 
Chris Green /Orleans Cardinals