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Brian Poldberg is the 18th skipper in franchise history and fifth since Omaha joined the Pacific Coast League. In his first season at the Triple-A level, Poldberg guided the Storm Chasers to a second straight Triple-A National Championship in 2014. He became only the second Triple-A Manager in Kansas City Royals history to win a League Title in his first season, the other being Jack McKeon in 1969, as he claimed Omaha's third Pacific Coast League Championship in the last four years. He is a resident of Carter Lake, Iowa.

Poldberg was promoted to Omaha after leading the Royals Double-A Affiliate, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, for six seasons compiling a record of 424-412. He guided the Naturals to four straight Texas League postseason appearances from 2008-11, winning the 2010 Texas League Championship.

He spent 2004-07 on the Kansas City Major League staff working as Bullpen Coach in 2004-05, First Base Coach in 2006 and Third Base Coach in 2007. 

Poldberg began his coaching career in 1987 and managed at multiple levels of the Kansas City organization from 1988-1996, with the exception of the 1991 season where he served as Omaha's Hitting Coach under manager Sal Rende, and was also manager of the Wilmington Blue Rocks during the 1998 season. He also worked as the Royals Minor League Catching Instructor for a total of seven seasons.

Poldberg played for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals organizations across seven seasons totaling 382 games, but never reached the Major Leagues. He was a catcher/first baseman for Omaha during the 1983-1985 seasons, playing in a total of 179 games. Poldberg is the sixth manager in team history that has also played for Omaha, trailing only Ron Johnson's 329 games for the most as a former player before becoming manager.

Andy Hawkins began his first season as Pitching Coach with the Storm Chasers in 2016. Hawkins came to Omaha after serving as the Bullpen Coach for the Texas Rangers from 2008-15.

Prior to his stint with the Rangers, Hawkins spent three seasons in the Pacific Coast League as Pitching Coach for the Oklahoma City RedHawks from 2006-08. He also worked as a minor league coach in the Kansas City Royals organization in 2005, serving the role of Pitching Coach for the High Desert Mavericks, and spent four seasons prior to that from 2001-04 as a minor league instructor in the Rangers organization. Hawkins made his professional coaching debut with the Savannah Sand Gnats in the South Atlantic League during the 2001-02 campaigns.

A ten-year Major League veteran, the Waco, Texas native pitched for the San Diego Padres (1982-88), New York Yankees (1989-91) and Oakland Athletics (1991), combining for an 84-91 record and 4.22 ERA (731 ER/1,558.1 IP). Hawkins' best season came in 1985, during which he tallied an 18-8 mark and 3.15 ERA (80 ER/228.2 IP) with the Padres, earning victories in each of his first ten starts that year.

Brian Buchanan joined the Storm Chasers prior to the 2018 season after serving as Assistant Hitting Coach for the Kansas City Royals in 2017. In 2016 he was the Hitting Coach with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, helping lead the club to a Texas League Championship Series appearance. He has also served as a manager in the Royals minor league organization for over six seasons, most recent with High-A Wilmington in 2015.

Buchanan played in the Major Leagues for seven seasons, including with the Minnesota Twins (2000-02), San Diego Padres (2002-04) and New York Mets (2004), totaling a .258 average with 32 home runs in 346 career games. He also played two seasons as an outfielder with the Omaha Royals during the 2008-09 campaigns at Rosenblatt Stadium, totaling 98 games played.

A first round selection by the New York Yankees in the 1994 MLB Draft, Buchanan set the single-season school record at the University of Virginia with 22 home runs in 1994, earning All-American honors from Baseball America. He resides in Jupiter, Florida with his wife Jill, and sons Walker, Drew, Logan and Connor.


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