Brian Daubach, a native of Belleville, IL, enters his first season as field manager of the Potomac Nationals in 2013, and third year with the Washington Nationals organization after two seasons managing the Class-A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League. Daubach, a former eight-season Major League veteran, guided Hagerstown to a 75-64 overall record in 2011 and an 82-58 mark during a 2012 campaign in which the Suns advanced to the SAL playoffs semi-final round. Daubach was chosen to lead the SAL Northern Division All-Stars in 2011 and was selected as a coach for the 2012 SAL mid-season classic.
In 2011, Daubach oversaw the Washington Nationals' 2010 number one overall MLB draft pick, OF Bryce Harper, who began his full-season professional career in Hagerstown, and 2009 number one overall draft selection, RHP Stephen Strasburg, during a series of rehabilitation starts on his return from Tommy John surgery.
Daubach was selected in the 17th round of the MLB amateur draft by the New York Mets in 1990. After working his way through seven years in the Mets' farm system, the former first baseman, outfielder and designated hitter made his Major League debut in September of 1998 with the Florida Marlins.
A World Champion with the Boston Red Sox in 2004, Daubach enjoyed a pair of stints with Boston from 1999-2002 and again for the Red Sox magical '04 season in which they swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic to capture their first world title since 1919, ending the 86-year-old "Curse of the Bambino." Daubach earned a reputation as an original member of the Red Sox's "Dirt Dog" bunch who were labeled for their gritty, blue-collar work ethic.
The "Belleville Basher" was a lifetime .259 hitter in 661 Major League games who belted 93 home runs and collected 333 runs batted in. He is one of only five Red Sox rookies in franchise history with at least 20 homers in each of his first four seasons (Ted Williams, Tony Conigliaro, Jim Rice, and Nomar Garciaparra).
Chris Michalak of Joliet, IL, returns for his second campaign as the Potomac Nationals pitching coach, and fourth overall in the Nationals organization as a coach. Michalak mentored pitchers for the Class-A Hagerstown Suns during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
The southpaw product out of the University of Notre Dame was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 12th round of the 1993 MLB amateur draft.
Michalak owned a career MLB record of 10-15, compiling an earned run average of 4.70 pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998), Toronto Blue Jays (2001), Texas Rangers (2001-2002), and Cincinnati Reds (2006) during his four-season Major League career.
Michalak earned his first MLB victory in grand fashion on April 7, 2001 against the defending World Champion, New York Yankees. Michalak tossed 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out five batters.
Under Michalak in 2012, the P-Nats pitching staff posted a 4.65 ERA and held opponents to a .273 batting average, while striking out 958 batters in 1,174.0 innings pitched. Michalak mentored RHP Alex Meyer (1st Rd., No. 23 overall, 2011), who was dealt this off-season to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for CF Denard Span, and provided instruction to RHP Nathan Karns (12th Rd., 2009), the Washington Nationals' 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
In 2011, Michalak oversaw RHP Stephen Strasburg's three rehabilitation starts with the Hagerstown Suns during Strasburg's comeback from Tommy John surgery.
Michalak was credited as an extra in the motion picture, Rudy, the chronicle of an aspiring underdog player on the University of Notre Dame Football team.
Mark Harris is back for his second season overall as the Potomac Nationals hitting coach (2011), third season with the Washington organization and seventh season as a MiLB instructor. Harris spent four seasons in the Kansas City Royals system from 2007-2010 as a roving hitting instructor and a Minor League Infield Coordinator, and previously was a scout for the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies.
Harris oversaw the Class-A Hagerstown Suns' sticks during a playoff season in 2012.
Under Harris in 2011, P-Nats hitters batted .252 with 227 doubles, 30 triples and 81 home runs in 139 games.
Harris, a former 1st round MLB draft pick (No. 25 overall) of the New York Yankees in 1978 as a shortstop, played his last professional game for the Alexandria Dukes, now the Potomac Nationals, in 1980.
Harris is no stranger to the Northern VA area as he was born in Bristol, VA, and resides in Gainesville, VA.
Eric Montague enters his first season working in the Washington Nationals Minor League system and his 16th as an athletic trainer in affiliated professional baseball after eleven campaigns inside the Houston Astros farm system and the last two years serving the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.
Montague's initial MiLB tenure included four seasons (1998-2001) in the New York Mets organization before joining the Astros.
Montague's career with Houston began in 2002 with the rookie-level Martinsville Astros in the Appalachian League. He moved up to the Class-A Lexington Legends in 2003 and on to the Class-A Advanced Salem Avalanche (VA) in the Carolina League in 2004. Montague served as Salem's athletic trainer for five seasons and remained with Houston's Advanced A affiliate when a new agreement with the Lancaster JetHawks went into effect in 2009.
Montague served as a student trainer at Mississippi State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness.
Montague makes his off-season home in Batesville, Mississippi.