Currie new Silver Knights manager as Pyne steps down

NASHUA – The Nashua Silver Knights will be undergoing yet another field managerial change.

They’ve been highly successful on and off the field, but as their fourth season approaches, Ted Currie was named on Monday as the team’s fourth manager. Last year’s field leader, J.P. Pyne, informed the team last week that he would not return.

The Futures Collegiate League club moved quickly. Pyne, who left the head baseball job at Daniel Webster College in December to become an assistant at the University of Maine, felt he wanted to stay in Maine and spend more time with his family for the summer.

Currie, 37, managed Martha’s Vineyard in the Sharks and the FCBL’s inaugural season of 2011, and then spent the last two years as the associated head coach with the Brockton Rox. But when the Rox were taken over by new owner Chris English (the former Nashua Pride owner), the entire baseball coaching staff was let go.

Currie is also the athletic director, head football and head baseball coach at Norton (Mass.) High School, which has just shy of 800 students.

Silver Knights Vice President of Player Personnel B.J. Neverett pointed the Knights front office in Currie’s direction, and he was quickly hired late last week.

“It’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Currie said Monday. “In my mind, Nashua is the best organization in the league, an awesome facility, great people. I’m really excited.”

“Ted’s great track record in summer collegiate baseball has warranted his hiring,” Silver Knights general manager Ronnie Wallace said. “Everybody I talked to had great things to say about Ted.”

That was, of course, the same with Pyne, who was immensely popular with players, fans, and management. When he took the Maine job, the thinking was that he would still coach this summer in Nashua.

But he approached Silver Knights team president Tim Bawmann nearly two weeks ago to say that he was hesitant to return. Pyne moved to Maine, now living just outside of Orono, and after the long college season he and his wife Sarah decided it was time to stay close to home.

“Tim treated me so great,” Pyne said Monday. “I had to let them know. I really wanted (to return).

“It was hard for me to make this decision. But we’re up here four hours away, and the amount of travel for (his wife) and us would be too much. I had to do what was best for me and my family.”

Mike Chambers of Londonderry, a former Lowell Spinner, was the original Silver Knights manager, but he had to give the job up to concentrate on his post as an assistant at Franklin Pierce College.

Neverett managed the club to its second straight FCBL title in 2012, but wanted to focus more on the player procurement end and have more family time as well.

Pyne last year guided the Knights to a 34-19 record and after sweeping Currie’s Rox team in the first round of the playoffs, the Knights lost in two games to Martha’s Vineyard in the FCBL finals.

Currie makes his debut when the Knights open up the 2014 season on June 4 at Old Orchard Beach, Maine.