Spin Williams named MiLB’s Mike Coolbaugh Award Winner
Per a Minor League Baseball announcement, Washington Nationals Senior Advisor of Player Development Donald “Spin” Williams was selected as the recipient of the ninth annual Mike Coolbaugh Award. Williams will receive the award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Sunday, Dec. 4, at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The Mike Coolbaugh Award is presented annually to an individual who has shown outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field.
Williams was the Harrisburg Senators’ pitching coach in their return to the Eastern League in 1987. He held that same position with the club for the 1988 and 1990 seasons when the Senators were still affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Williams has returned often to the island the last 11 years as the Washington Nationals’ minor league pitching coordinator and now senior advisor for player development. In his time with the Nationals, he has overseen the development of over 40 pitchers that have reached the major leagues with the Nationals, including 12 on the current major league roster.
“This game has blessed me in so many ways: The people I have met, the opportunities that I have had, and the places that I have been able to go, but being chosen for the Mike Coolbaugh Award is one of the highlights,” said Williams in the press release. “I am grateful to Minor League Baseball and the Coolbaugh family for recognizing me with this honor. There are so many good baseball people out there that are deserving of such an award, and I am humbled to be chosen. Thanks to my Washington Nationals family, Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner, and all of the people who have helped me along the way on this wonderful journey.”
“On behalf of the entire Washington Nationals organization, I am thrilled to congratulate Spin Williams on being named the 2016 Mike Coolbaugh Award winner,” said Washington Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President, Player Personnel Doug Harris. “Spin’s commitment to not only helping our players develop as pitchers, but also to mature as men, is second to none. For me, personally, it is an honor to know him and to work with him for as long as I have, and I’m so proud to see him earn the type of recognition he so richly deserves.”