Oliver Marmol, who led the State College Spikes to their first-ever division and New York-Penn League championships, has been named the St. Louis Cardinals' new first-base coach, as announced by the Cardinals on Thursday.
Marmol became the Spikes' manager in 2013 and guided the club to its first ever NYPL Pinckney Division title and NYPL Championship Series with a league-best 48-27 record. The College of Charleston product then followed that up by skippering the Spikes to the NYPL crown in 2014 with a 2-1 series win over the Tri-City ValleyCats.
During his time in State College, Marmol mentored future major leaguers Carson Kelly and Mitch Harris, as well as top Cardinals prospects Edmundo Sosa, Austin Gomber, Trey Nielsen and Rowan Wick. Teams led by Marmol also hold the Spikes' single-season records for batting average, runs scored, home runs, runs batted in, extra base hits and stolen base percentage.
The 30-year-old Marmol is the winningest manager in Spikes history, with 96 victories over his two years at the helm. The Jupiter, FL native has spent the last two seasons as the manager for the Advanced-A Palm Beach Cardinals.
Marmol becomes the second former Spikes manager to be named a major league first-base coach in less than a week. 2011 Spikes skipper Kimera Bartee took the same post with the Pittsburgh Pirates this past weekend.
Fans can see more future major league stars and enjoy plenty of fun, affordable family entertainment as the Spikes defend the New York-Penn League title in 2017. For more information on season tickets, as well as a variety of group packages and experiences for the 2017 season, fans can inquire with a Spikes ticket representative at call (814) 272-1711.