WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Carl Willis, a former UNCW standout and current pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners, will serve as the keynote speaker for the baseball program's 11th Annual Spring Training Banquet set for Jan. 26, 2013. The banquet will be held on campus at the Burney Center.

Willis was the guest speaker at the inaugural event in 2003.  Former Seahawk Lee McLean and senior infielder Michael Bass will also speak at this year's banquet.

The affair begins at 4:45 p.m. with check-in, with the dinner slated at 6 p.m. The program includes an introduction of the 2013 Seahawks, highlights from the 2012 championship season, and presentations of the 2012 awards. There will be a silent auction with sports memorabilia and gift packages from Wilmington businesses.

Tickets are $60 each and $600 for a corporate table. They may be purchased by contacting the UNCW baseball office at (910) 962-3570 or by email at scalfm@uncw.edu. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Jan.14.