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Julian Out As Tarp Skunks Manager

Resigns Due To ‘Personal Reasons’ Just 11 Games Into First Season In Jamestown

Just 11 games into his inaugural season, Ben Julian is out as manager of the Jamestown Tarp Skunks.

“The Jamestown Tarp Skunks announce that manager Ben Julian has resigned because of personal reasons,” the team said in a statement released Monday night. “Assistant coach Ryan Hill has been promoted to interim manager effective immediately.”

Julian was hired in November after leading the rival Auburn Doubledays to a 74-59 (.556) record over the previous three seasons, including three consecutive playoff appearances.

“Jamestown has a rich history in the NY-P League and in the PGCBL, and I hope to continue that legacy and add to the history for the generations that follow.” Julian said at the time. “After playing in Jamestown as a visitor, I am really looking forward to experiencing the fans from the home side. The fans in Jamestown have always been some of the most passionate and knowledgeable fans in the league. Their energy is something that I look forward to the most.”

Prior to joining the Tarp Skunks, Julian held coaching positions throughout the PGCBL since 2016 as the head coach of the former Adirondack Trailblazers (Boonville Lumberjacks), assistant coach of the Utica Blue Sox, and head coach for the Auburn Doubledays. In addition to his work in the PGCBL, Julian has worked as the assistant coach at Mohawk Valley Community College, assistant coach at Utica College, and currently holds the head coaching position at St. Petersburg High School in Florida.

Julian replaced Jordan Basile, who managed the Tarp Skunks for four seasons.

Jamestown enters tonight’s game at Niagara Falls with a 4-7 overall record, in the midst of a six-game losing streak after opening the season 4-1. The Tarp Skunks will return home Wednesday for a 6:30 game against the Elmira Pioneers at Diethrick Park.

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