Sept. 26, 2006
ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington head baseball coach Jeff Curtis has completed his staff for the upcoming season with the hiring of Mark Flatten as a volunteer coach and Joey Prebynski as director of baseball operations.
Flatten joins the Mavericks staff after compiling a 102-63 record in six seasons as a high school coach in California. He spent the last three years at Lutheran High School of Orange County after spending three years at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, Calif. He led LHS to three straight postseason appearances and a trip to the state semifinals in 2004. None of his teams ever finished below third place and he has 28 former players currently on collegiate rosters. While in California, he spent three summers coaching the Trombly Baseball team, including a Connie Mack World Series runner-up finish in 2005.
Prior to his time in California, Flatten spent three years as a volunteer assistant coach at Missouri and helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back Big 12 tournament appearances.
As a player, Flatten earned all-conference honors at second base as a senior at Missouri Valley College. He graduated from MVC in December of 1996 with a B.S. in physical education/certified in PE (K-12). After graduation, Flatten spent one season playing for the Ohio Valley Redcoats of the Frontier League.
Prebynski enters his first season as the director of baseball operations after serving as a student assistant with the baseball program the previous three seasons. He has also spent the last two years working in the clubhouse for the Texas Rangers and also assisting them in arbitration analysis.
Prebynski came to UTA after spending the 2003 season as a member of the University of Dallas baseball team. Prior to that, he spent two years playing at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo, Mich.
The Auburn, Ind. native graduated from UTA in December of 2005 with a bachelor's degree in business management and is working towards his master's in communications.