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Former big-league catcher Powell joins Furman

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm •  Published: August 22, 2013

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Former Major League catcher Landon Powell, who caught Dallas Braden's perfect game for the Oakland A's, has joined Furman's baseball staff as a volunteer assistant.

Powell was an All-American catcher at South Carolina and helped the Gamecocks to three straight College World Series trips in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was a first-round selection of the A's in 2004 and was behind the plate for Braden's perfect game against Tampa Bay in 2010.

Powell retired from baseball earlier this year after the death of his five-month old daughter Izzy to an autoimmune disease. Powell said he wanted to return home to be with his family.

Furman head coach Ron Smith said adding Powell gives the team a valuable asset on staff.