COACHING CAREER: Enters his second season coaching at the major league level…on Dec 4, 2018, was named the Rays second major league field coordinator, replacing Rocco Baldelli who filled the newlycreated role in 2018 before he was hired as manager of the Twins…in this role, he assists Manager Kevin Cash and bench coach Matt Quatraro during games, works defensively with catchers and focuses on continued development of major league players....Spent the previous six seasons (2013-18) as the Rays minor league catching coordinator … entered the coaching ranks in 2012 as manager of the Gulf Coast League Rays....Is the sixth to join the Rays coaching staff after playing for Tampa Bay, following Rocco Baldelli, Wade Boggs, Kevin Cash, Dave Martinez and Ozzie Timmons.
PLAYING CAREER: Spent 14 seasons catching professionally, including parts of seven years in the majors with the Devil Rays (2001-02), Marlins (2006-08) and Phillies (2009-10)…appeared in a total of 40 games, and his rookie status was still intact during his seventh and final major league season…made his only Opening Day roster with the 2008 Marlins.... Appeared in 8 games with the Rays…made his major league debut on Sep 8, 2001 at OAK and delivered a pinch-hit single in his first at-bat…in his first career start, Sep 23 at TOR, caught a 1-0 shutout by Joe Kennedy (7 IP) and Esteban Yan (2 IP)....Delivered a 10th-inning walk-off single in the Phillies 2009 regular season finale, a 7-6 win…the Phillies advanced to the World Series that year, and while he wasn't included on the postseason roster he traveled with them all the way through their Game 6 loss to the Yankees in the World Series....Had 100 SB in the minors, including 28 SB in 1998, but never attempted one in the majors....Selected as a shortstop by the Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 1997 June Draft out of Kent State University…was assigned to Rookie-level Princeton where he played for Charlie Montoyo, and committed 33 errors in 65 games at shortstop…in January 1998, farm director Tom Foley called him and asked if he would come to St. Pete to give catching a try-a position he had never played in his life-working with Bill Evers…only a few weeks later, he was added to big league camp after another catcher's injury…he backed up Toby Hall in Class-A Charleston that year and eventually the position change stuck....Was a Durham teammate of Kevin Cash (2005), Matt Quatraro (2002) and Ozzie Timmons (2000)....Previously selected by the Astros in the 64th round of the 1994 June Draft out of Steubenville (Ohio) High School, but did not sign.
PERSONAL & MISC.: Is fully adept communicating in sign language, as both his parents are deaf....He and his wife, Shannon, have two daughters, Cameron and McKenna.