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Coaching Staff

2014 Mudcats Coaching Staff

Manager Scooter Tucker

Tucker, 47, begins his first season as the manager of the Mudcats. He spent his first year in the Indians organization and his first season in the professional coaching ranks as the Mudcats hitting coach in 2012. Last season, Tucker managed the Lake County Captains in 2013. Tucker played professionally for nine seasons from 1988-1996 and appeared in 51 games over three Major League seasons with Houston (1992-93, 1995) and Cleveland (1995). He is a member of the sports hall of fame at both Washington (what state) High School and Delta State University. Tucker and his wife, Teresa reside in Pace, Florida.

 

Pitching Coach Steve Karsay

Karsay, 42, begins his first season as Carolina's pitching coach. He served the same position with Lake County in 2013, while spending the 2012 season with Arizona League Indians, his first season in the professional coaching ranks. Karsay, a first round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990, spent 11 years in the Majors from 1993-2006 with Oakland, Cleveland, Atlanta, New York (AL) and Texas. He graduated from Christ the King High School in Queens, NY in 1990 and signed a letter of intent to play at LSU prior to being drafted by Toronto. Karsay resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with his son Kingston.

 

Hitting Coach Tony Mansolino

Mansolino, 31, begins his first season as the hitting coach for the Mudcats. In 2013, he was hitting coach for the Lake County Captains after spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the hitting coach for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Mansolino was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005 and spent six seasons in professional baseball. He is the son of Doug Mansolino, the minor league infield coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies. He graduated in Human and Organizational Development and played 4 years of baseball at Vanderbilt University. Mansolino and his wife, Adrianna, reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Trainer Bobby Ruiz

Bobby Ruiz enters his first year in Carolina and his fourth full season as an Athletic Trainer with the Cleveland Indians. The past three seasons he was with the Lake County Captains. Prior to his time with the Cleveland Indians Organization he was the Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with University of Connecticut Baseball. He is a Corona, California native and graduated from the University of La Verne (La Verne, CA) in 2008, with a B.S. in Athletic Training. He received his Master's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on heat and hydration from the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 2010. Bobby currently resides in Goodyear, AZ with his wife, Alexandra.

 

Strength Coach Scott Nealon

Nealon is entering his second year with the Carolina Mudcats and fourth season with the Cleveland Indians organization. Spent the 2010 season as the strength and conditioning intern in Cleveland before spending part of the 2011 and the 2012 season as the Rehabilitation Strength and Conditioning coach. Earned his BA from Baldwin-Wallace University with a degree in Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy and recently completed his Master's degree in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Scott and his wife, Samantha, reside in Macedonia, OH.

 

Team Orthopedic Dr. Mark Galland

Dr. Galland began his career in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine while serving the United States Navy at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. There he served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery and received numerous awards and commendations for both leadership and excellence in treating the musculoskeletal and sports injuries common in Sailors and Marines. The broad experience in Sports medicine Dr Galland received during his service in the Navy complemented the training he received at Tulane University in his home state of Louisiana.

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