FLATTEN PROMOTED BY UTA BASEBALL COACH DARIN THOMAS
Nov. 30, 2007
Thomas also has added former player Leo Radkowski as a volunteer assistant to complete the staff for the upcoming 2008 season. UT Arlington opens the year with a 3 p.m. home game Feb. 22 against Arkansas-Little Rock.
Flatten, who will be in charge of hitting and infielders while helping with recruiting chores, spent all of last season as a volunteer for the Mavericks. Most recently, he was head coach of the Southern California Fire collegiate summer-league team that went 29-11 and won the regular-season championship and post-season league tournament.
Flatten came to Arlington after spending the previous summer as an assistant coach with Plano Blue Sox of the Texas Collegiate League.
Prior to his time in the TCL, Flatten spent three summers as the head coach of the Orange County Connie Mack Summer League team, Trombly Baseball. In 2005, Flatten led his team to the Orange County, California State and Western Region championships, while finishing as the runner-up at the Connie Mack World Series.
Flatten spent six years as a high school coach in California where he compiled a 102-63 record while spending three years each at Lutheran High School (2003-05) and Pacifica High School (2000-02).
Flatten's teams never finished below third place in the conference and he led his team to four appearances in the California Interscholastic Federation playoffs, reaching the state semifinals in 2004.
Flatten is no stranger to the college ranks as he served as a volunteer assistant on Tim Jamieson's staff at Missouri. Flatten worked with middle infielders and outfielders, while also serving as the first base coach for teams that reached the Big 12 Tournament in 1998 and 1999.
Flatten played his collegiate ball at Missouri Valley College where he earned all-conference honors as a second baseman. While in college, he played his summer ball for the Evansville (Ind.) Outlaws where he helped the lead the team to the 1995 National Baseball Congress World Series and earned MVP honors at the 1996 United States Baseball Congress World Series.