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Coaching Staff

Joe Ayrault

Joe Ayrault enters his first season as manager of the Mudcats, but returns for his sixth overall as skipper of Milwaukee's Class-A Advanced affiliate. He previously managed the Florida State League's Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee's previous Class-A Advanced affiliate) and compiled a 297-379 (.439) record between 2012 and 2016.

Ayrault began his managerial career in 2007 in the Cincinnati Reds organization where he led the Sarasota Reds to the Florida State League playoffs and an 81-59 record. He went on to manage in the Reds' system from 2007 through 2009 before joining the Brewers in 2010 as skipper of the Helena Brewers, Milwaukee's Rookie Level and Pioneer League affiliate. Ayrault earned Pioneer League Co-Manager of the Year honors in 2010 while leading Helena to a 41-34 record and the Pioneer League championship in his first season at the helm. A former catcher, Ayrault was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 1990 amateur draft and went on to spend his entire playing career (1990 - 1997) in the Atlanta organization.

Dave Chavarria

Dave Chavarria is in his sixth season as a coach in the Milwaukee system and his fourth straight as pitching coach of their Class-A Advanced club. He previously spent two seasons (2012-2013) as Class-A Wisconsin's pitching coach. In 2012 Chavarria's Wisconsin Timber Rattlers staff pitched to a 2.00 ERA over nine postseason games while en route to winning the 2012 Midwest League title. Before joining the Brewers, Chavarria additionally spent 11 seasons coaching in the Texas Rangers farm system.

Dave Joppie

Dave Joppie is new to the Brewers system, but is entering his 22nd year overall as a coach or manager in professional baseball. He spent his previous 10 seasons coaching in the Boston Red Sox system (2006-2015) and his first 11 years coaching in the Oakland Athletics system (1995-2005). Joppie was named both the Midwest League's Manager of the Year and Baseball America's Class Low-A Minor League Manager of the Year in 2004 while managing the Kane County Cougars in the Oakland farm system.

Edwin Maysonet

Edwin Maysonet enters his second year as a coach in the Milwaukee system after retiring as a player following the 2015 season. He was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in 2003 and first reached the Major Leagues in 2008. He played with the Astros from 2008 through 2009 and later appeared in 30 games with the Brewers in 2012.

Jeff Bodenhammer

Jeff Bodenhamer enters his first year with the Mudcats and his second straight as a team athletic trainer in the Brewers system. He previously spent 11 seasons in the Texas Rangers organization, including three seasons in the Carolina League with Myrtle Beach. While with Hickory in 2010, Bodenhamer was selected as the South Atlantic League Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). In 2008, Bodenhamer was also appointed head trainer at Newberry (NC) College, where he previously held the position of assistant trainer from 2000-07. In 2000, he was the trainer for the Clemson University baseball team that reached the College World Series. He graduated in 1998 from Greensboro (NC) College, where he received a B.S. in physical education.

Jonah Mergen

Jonah Mergen is in his first year with the Mudcats, but his seventh season in the Milwaukee organization. All seven of which have been with the club's Class-A Advanced club. Mergen has also worked in the strength and conditioning departments at NC State University, the UW-La Crosse and the National Strength and Conditioning Association World Headquarters. He graduated from St. Ambrose University with a dual degree in exercise science and Spanish in 2007. He received his master's from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in human performance in 2009.