June 19, 2009
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington alum Trey Hillman was named to the American League coaching staff for the 2009 All-Star Game by A.L. manager Joe Maddon, which was announced on Wednesday. Hillman, now in his second season as manager of the Kansas City Royals, will join Maddon and Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu - also named as an assistant - in the dugout for the 80th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14, in St. Louis.
Hillman has led the Mariners to a 29-36 overall record this season, placing the Royals in fourth place in the A.L. Central Division.
Hillman is the all-time UT Arlington single-season batting leader with a .442 batting average in 1985 - the second highest average ever in the Southland Conference. He was a four-year letterman as a Maverick (1982-85) and was a three-time All-SLC performer.
It won't be the first All-Star Game for Hillman who was a coach at the All-Star Futures games in 1999, while managing the New York Yankees Triple-A team in Columbus.