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2009 Field Staff

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2009 Iowa Cubs Field Staff


Bobby Dickerson

Manager Bobby Dickerson

Bobby Dickerson joins the Iowa Cubs as manager in 2009 after spending the past three seasons as an infield and bunting coordinator in the Cubs organization. Prior to that, Dickerson managed Chicago's double-A affiliate in West Tenn from 2002-05. There he compiled a 291-264 record.

In 2006 Dickerson served as interim manager of the Iowa Cubs when Mike Quade was promoted to Chicago to coach third base. That year, the Cubs posted a 6-5 record under Dickerson's guidance. From 1998-99 Dickerson was the infield instructor for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dickerson manager the Bluefield (A) Orioles from 1996-97 and was the Baltimore Orioles' minor league infield instructor from 1994-97. In 2000 Dickerson managed the Diamondbacks' single-A team. In his seven-year managerial career, Dickerson posted a 526-390 (.574) record and led five teams to the playoffs, including back-to-back Appalachian League championships with the Bluefield Orioles in 1996-97.

Dickerson was drafted in the 23rd round of the 1987 amateur draft by the New York Yankees and played seven season in the minors with the Yankees and Orioles. Bobby and his wife Christine reside in Laurel, Mississippi, with their two children, Ashley and Dustin.

Hitting Coach Desi Wilson

Desi Wilson

Desi Wilson begins his second season in the Cubs organization as a hitting coach, a position he held last season with Mesa. He produced a .307 career minor league batting average over 10 seasons and 1,043 games with five organizations (Texas, San Francisco, Arizona, White Sox and Montreal).

In 1996 Wilson appeared in 41 games with the San Francisco Giants, hitting .271 with two home runs and 12 RBI. Wilson was originally drafted by Boston in the 15th round of the 1987 draft but did not sign. He was selected by Houston in the 87th round of the 1989 draft, but did not sign. Then in the 1991 draft, he signed with Texas after he was chosen in the 30th round.

Wilson resides in Gilbert, Ariz., with his wife, Kristi, and their four children: Tayah, Hillary, Rhalee and Desi Jr.


Pitching Coach Mike Mason
Mike Mason

Mike Mason begins his second season as pitching coach with the Iowa Cubs. He served as the Kansas City Royals minor league pitching coordinator in 2007 and as their Minor League Pitching Instructor for three seasons before that.

Mason split time in 2004 between his minor league instructor position and interim pitching coach for the major league club.

Mason spent 10 seasons as a pitching coach in the Royals minor league system for Appleton (1991-92), Memphis (1993-94), Springfield (1995), Lansing (1996-97) and Wichita (1998-99). Mason spent the 2000 and 2001 campaigns as the Royals Minor League Pitching Instructor and then served as a pitching coach from 2002-03 for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) in the Phillies organization.

He enjoyed a playing career that spanned eight seasons with Texas, the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota, posting a 29-39 record with a 4.53 ERA from 1982-89. Mason attended Normandale Community College (Bloomington, Minn.) and Oral Roberts University. He resides in Chanhassen, Minn., with his wife, Terri, and children, Derek and Stephanie.


Athletic Trainer Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Matt is in his eighth season with the Chicago Cubs' organization and his second with the Iowa Cubs. He spent the 2006 season in Tennessee with the double-A Smokies. He spent 2002 and 2004 with the Mesa Cubs and was with the Boise Hawks (A) for the 2003 season. Matt worked for the Peoria Chiefs (A) in 2005 before joining the Tennessee Smokies in 2006. Matt was born and raised in LaGrange Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. He graduated from Ohio University in 2001 and attained his certification as an Athletic Trainer and as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 2001. He earned his Master's degree from Boston University in 2003 with a specialization in Applied Anatomy and Physiology.