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Fred Nelson to head player development for the Hawks

The Boise Hawks have added the position of development supervisor and filled it with Fred Nelson, who is entering his third season with the Colorado Rockies organization.

The Hawks entered into a partnership with the Rockies late last year.

The development supervisor works with the manager, staff and players to make sure the Rockies’ development philosophies are being carried out and that communication and team building are taking place. He will travel with the team and instruct players if needed.

Nelson spent 27 years with the Houston Astros organization. His last role before leaving the Astros was director of player development. Nelson spent the 2014 season as the development supervisor in Modesto, the Rockies Single-A club in the California League. He also worked in the Chicago White Sox organization, managing and coaching at the minor league and college levels from 1973 to 1984.  He earned a BS and an MS from Arizona State University, where he was an All-American infielder and member of the 1967 national championship team.

Nelson was inducted into the Arizona State Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

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