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Ex-Coug Law New Y. Baseball Coach

Summarized by Kent Larsen

Ex-Coug Law New Y. Baseball Coach
Salt Lake Tribune 17Aug99 L3
By Michael C. Lewis: Salt Lake Tribune

PROVO -- Vance Law, former major league baseball player and BYU baseball star, has been named coach of BYU's baseball team, returning to the team he left two decades ago before he started a 14-year professional career. Law replaces coach Gary Pullins, who was reassigned in June to an administrative job.

Law grew up with baseball, son of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Vernon Law. He attended BYU, where he became an All-WAC shortstop, after graduating from Provo High School. In the major leagues he played for the Pirates, as well as for the Chicago Cubs and Montreal Expos. Following his major league career, he was assistant coach at Utah Valley State College and has coached at Provo High School for the past four years.

Law plans to recruit the best players in Utah, regardless of religious affiliation. He and his father are two of more than 40 members of the LDS Church that played in baseball's major leagues. But if the opportunity was ever presented, Law doesn't think he'd return to the majors as a coach, "I can't think I'd want to move my family anywhere but here," he said.

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