Bill Springman

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William David Springman

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Infielder Bill Springman played three seasons in the California Angels organization from 1978 to 1980, reaching AA in 1980. Overall he hit .274/.335/.413 while appearing in 217 games.

Following his playing career, Springman had a long and varied coaching career at the high school, college, and professional ranks. He began as an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma where he coached from 1982-1986. He spent the 1987 season as an assistant for Rancho Santiago College, a community college in southern California. He supplemented his regular coaching duties as a summer assistant coach for the Harwich Mariners in 1986 and as their head coach in 1987. Harwich played in the well-regarded Cape Cod League. After one season at Santiago, Springman switched to Loyola Marymount University in 1988 as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He only stayed at LMU one year before moving up the coast to Pepperdine University. He remained at Pepperdine from 1989-1993 and was a coach there when the Waves won the 1992 College World Series.

Springman's baseball activities are a little more hazy over the next few years. Some sources say he was an associate scout for the Chicago Cubs in 1994-1995 though most sources indicate the years were 1995-1996. What is certain is that Springman became the head coach for the Oak Park High School Eagles in October 1994 and coached there through 1996.

In 1997, Springman made the leap to coaching at the professional level when he joined the Minnesota Twins as the hitting coach for the Salt Lake Buzz where he remained through the 2000 season. After the 1999 season he also served as the hitting coach for the Grand Canyon Rafters in the Arizona Fall League. He returned to high school coaching in 2001 due to a desire to stay at home (Tulsa, OK) while his three children were growing up. Springman worked as the head coach for Union High School from 2001-2005 and his team won the state class 6A championship in 2005. Immediately after winning the championship, Springman headed east to serve as the Rochester Red Wings interim hitting coach. One source also indicated that he worked as a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001-2002, but this could not be confirmed. After the 2005 season, the Twins offered him a choice of two jobs to remain in their organization. He chose to work as the Twins minor league hitting coordinator because this position allowed him to remain living in Tulsa during the season. He retained the coordinator position through 2014.

In 2015 he joined the Kansas City Royals in the dual capacity of an advisor to player development / senior hitting advisor. This one year stint gave him the trifecta of winning championships at the high school, college, and professional levels. There is no published record of what Springman did professionally in 2016. In 2017 he moved on to the international scene as the hitting coach for Uni-President Lions (often referred to as the Uni-Lions]] in Taiwan. He was fired on June 1st due to professional conflicts with other members of the coaching staff.

Springman joined the Detroit Tigers organization in 2018. He was slated for hitting coach duties with the GCL Tigers West before the Tigers shuffled a number of coaching assignments just before the season commenced. Instead, he served as the Connecticut Tigers hitting coach where he remained through 2019. He was scheduled to be the hitting coach for the Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. Springman was hitting coach of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2021.

Springman is a member of the Oral Roberts University athletics Hall of Fame.

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