COACHING CAREER: Is the longest tenured member of the Rays coaching staff, as he begins his 11th season on the staff and ninth full season as bullpen coach…is the seventh bullpen coach in Rays history and the longest tenured…joined the Rays as assistant to the pitching coach on Dec 17, 2009…midway through 2011 began filling in for bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, who was ill, and officially replaced him on Nov 30, 2011....The Rays bullpen in 2019 set a major league record with 56 wins, and its 772 IP ranked 2nd all-time behind the 2018 Rays (824.1)…the Rays bullpen led the majors with a 3.66 ERA (772-IP, 314-ER), ahead of the Indians (3.67)....Prior to joining the Rays, he spent 18 years with the Astros organization, where he served as either a coach or scout, including the last three seasons as pitching coach for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks in the Texas League....Was the pitching coach for the Class-A Salem Avalanche, the Astros affiliate in the Carolina League, from 2003-06…served in the same capacity for Class-A Michigan in the Midwest League for two seasons and had previously been a coach with the Astros Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League affiliates…served as a scout from 1991-93, and combined coaching and scouting duties at various other times during his career with the Astros.
PLAYING CAREER: Selected by the Brewers in the 20th round of the 1981 June Draft as a catcher out of Buckeye South High School in Rayland, Ohio....After two years in the Brewers system, switched to pitcher and was signed by the Royals, where he remained for four years....Underwent two rotator cuff surgeries.
PERSONAL & MISC.: Has a degree in biology from Ohio University....Was all-state in baseball, football and basketball at Buckeye South…in July 2014 was inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame....Resides in St. Cloud, Fla., with his wife, Carol, and their two children, Sarah and Clayton.