The University of Ottawa Gee Gees released manager Tom Benson after a bitterly disappointing 4-12 finish this past season, it has been learned.
According to one player, who wished to remain anonymous, he “cost (the team) a lot of games” with his poor managerial style and lack of experience.
While a replacement has not yet been announced, Benson is said to be shopping himself on the managerial free agent market. The Hamilton, Ontario native is known to take a conventional approach to management, heavily favoring hitting and offense, and the Gee Gees did have the 3rd best OPS at .663.
But critics claim this success in hitting came at the expense of a lack of pitching and defense. The team had the worst team ERA (4.56) in the CCBA, and the worst defensive efficiency (.617). Gee Gee fans were particularly disappointed, as Ottawa had the best attendance in the Canadian college circuit; they were the only team to break the 1,000 fans mark, hitting 1,233 over 8 home games.