(ZEBULON, N.C.) – Lake Erie Baseball will have a new leader for the 2019 season as Cameron Castro has accepted a coaching position within the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Castro (Lake Erie '12) will be a minor league pitching coach for the 2018 National League Central champions and start out with the Carolina Mudcats, the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Brewers in the Carolina League.
Castro was in the middle of his third year as the head coach of the Storm before being called up to the minors. He had been coaching at the collegiate ranks for the previous seven years and ninth overall.
"I am incredibly grateful for my time back at Lake Erie. We always said that the program was there before you and it'll be there after you leave. What did you do to make an impact while you're here?" said Castro. "I'm just glad I got to be a part of it again. Not many get the chance to coach at their alma mater. Lake Erie College will always be home to me. From my time there as a student, to the chance I had to lead the baseball program - I am truly a better person because of it. I'm really looking forward to watching this program return to the success it has seen in the past, even though I'll be doing it from afar.
"As part of our Mission at Lake Erie College we want our graduates to achieve professional success while leading lives of personal significance – Cam defines this as an alum," said Director of Athletics Kelley Kish. "Cam's time as part of Storm Baseball shows the tremendous impact he had on our campus as a coach and student-athlete. This next step in his career is well-deserved and speaks to the knowledge, approach and work ethic that he displayed each day at Lake Erie. His legacy as a student-athlete and coach is the foundation for all future G-MAC, Regional and National achievements for Storm Baseball."
Castro has led the Storm the last two seasons. In 2018, Lake Erie saw a six-win improvement on the overall record and a 10-win improvement in conference play while losing 14 fewer league games. Five players went on to receive All-Conference honors.
Castro continued, "I would like to thank both the current and former Director of Athletics Kelley Kish and Reid Guarneri, as well as VP of Student Affairs Billie Dunn and President Brian Posler for believing in my ability to lead the Storm and giving me a chance to help play even a small part in the development of the student-athletes there.
"Ultimately though, I'd like to thank our players who bought into my vision for Lake Erie baseball right away and pushed the envelope of hard work and development these past two plus years. It's things like that I will miss most. I'm excited for this next journey as a Brewer, but I will always have a vested interest in the Storm baseball program and the Lake Erie College community."
Castro is no stranger to the professional world after playing with Ryan Rua, the first player to be drafted from Lake Erie College. He has also coached former Lake Erie standout and the Minnesota Twins current No. 19 prospect Luke Raley.
The modern Mudcats are one of the most recognizable brands in the MiLB and were a long-time affiliate of the Cleveland Indians from 1987 until 2014. They were formerly known as the Kinston Indians until 2011 when the organization obtained the name and location of the previous franchise whose history dated back to 1959. After joining the Atlanta Braves farm system for 2015 and 2016, the Mudcats joined Milwaukee's chain in 2017.
Castro's last day at Lake Erie College will be Friday. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Phoenix on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The Mudcats will start their season on Thursday, April 4, against the Down East Wood Ducks.
A national search for Castro's replacement has already begun. Lake Erie opens the season Saturday, Feb. 16 against the defending NCAA Champion Augustana Vikings at Lindenwood (Mo.). For coverage of the Storm all season follow the Storm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LakeErieStorm.com.