Dave Brundage managed the Gwinnett Braves during the club's inaugural 2009 season. 2011 will mark his fifth-consecutive season as manager of the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A Affiliate. Brundage joined the Braves' organization in 2007 as manager of the Richmond Braves. Brundage instantly impacted the organization, guiding the team to an International League Title. Seven of the 11 teams that Brundage has managed have advanced to the post-season. He has guided three of those seven teams to league titles.
During the title season in 2007, Brundage led Richmond to franchise records for the best start to a season (26-11) and largest-ever division lead in a season (10 games in May) at the same time that 27 different players from the '07 team earned promotions to Atlanta throughout the year (also a franchise high). In his two seasons at Richmond, Brundage led the team to a 140-142 (.496) record. His overall minor league managerial record is 793-747 (.515). This will be his fifth season as manager of a Triple-A team.
Prior to managing Richmond in 2007, Brundage spent 12 seasons in the Seattle Mariners player development system, nine as a manager. Brundage managed one season with the Mariners' Triple-A Affiliate, Tacoma Rainiers, of the Pacific Coast League. The Rainers were 74-70 in 2006, finishing second in their division.
Brundage came to Tacoma following a very successful tenure at Double-A San Antonio. In five seasons at San Antonio he guided the Missions to the playoffs four times and won back-to-back Texas League championships in 2002 and 2003. His five-year record at San Antonio was 369-327 (.530). In 2005, the Missions posted identical 38-32 records in the first and second half of the 2005 season, finishing one game behind Midland in each half. The Missions qualified for the playoffs but lost their division series to Midland (3-2).
In 2003, Brundage was named the Texas League Manager of the Year and Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America. The Missions sported the second-highest winning (88-51, .633) percentage in all of minor league baseball in 2003, highlighted by an 18-game winning streak, the longest in the minors that season. He was also the manager for the West squad in the 2001 Texas League All-Star Game.
Brundage began his managerial career with the Mariners Single-A clubs in the California League including one-year stints at Riverside (1995) and Lancaster (1996) before being promoted to manage the Double-A Memphis club of the Southern League in 1997. Brundage joined the Rainiers staff as a coach for three seasons (1998-2000) before returning to manage at San Antonio in 2001. He has guided his teams into the playoffs seven times (1995, 1997, 2001-2003, 2005, 2009).
Brundage was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round in 1986 following a stellar career at Oregon State University . He earned All-American honors as an outfielder in 1986 at Oregon State and played quarterback and punter for the Beavers football team. He played one year in the Phillies organization before being acquired by Seattle in a trade with Mike Jackson and Glenn Wilson for Phil Bradley and Tim Fortugno on December 9, 1987.
Brundage played in 10 minor league seasons (1986-1994, 1998) including six seasons for the Triple-A Calgary Cannons (1989-1994). He is the Cannons all-time leader in games played (354), walks drawn (208) and ranks third in runs scored (196) and sixth in hits (302). Brundage was converted to a pitcher in 1992 at the Arizona Instructional League. He was selected in the minor league phase of the Rule V Draft by Montreal in 1992 but was released in spring training and re-signed by the Mariners. He became a player/coach for the Calgary Cannons in 1993 and 1994. Dave was pressed into action and played in one game for Tacoma in 1998 while coaching for the Rainiers.
Brundage is one of the most decorated amateur athletes in Oregon state history. He graduated from McKay HS in Salem where he earned All-State honors in football, basketball and baseball. Brundage also spent 11 years as a Golden Gloves boxer, during which time he defeated three future Olympic Gold Medalists.
Brundage and his wife Dameron reside in Gwinnett in the off-season with their three children, Beau, and twins Baylor and Barrett.
Marty Reed joins the Gwinnett Braves for the 2011 season after spending two years as the Mississippi Braves pitching coach. Before joining the M-Braves, Reed spent the previous ten years in the Los Angeles Dodgers system, including the last three (2006-08) as their minor league pitching coordinator. During the 2005 and 2000-01 seasons, Reed served as the pitching coach at Single-A Vero Beach and from 2002-04 he worked in the same capacity at Double-A Jacksonville. Reed's professional coaching career began in 1999 at the Dodgers' rookie-level Great Falls.
Reed has worked extensively with current Dodger stars Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton and current Braves hurlers Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrell, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy just to name a few.
Prior to joining the Dodgers' system, Reed was the head coach of Pfeiffer University from 1996-99 and previous to that he was a member of the University of Tampa coaching staff for seven seasons (1990-96). While at the University of Tampa, Reed played an integral part in winning back-to-back NCAA Division II championships (1992-93). He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Tampa.
Reed a left handed pitcher was drafted by the Minnesota Twins (1982) and California Angels (1984). He signed with the Angels in 1984 and compiled a record of 49-36 in 5 minor league seasons. A two time All-Star (Midwest & Texas Leagues) his best season was a 16-6 campaign in 1986 where he posted a 3.16 ERA while logging 196 innings and 9 complete games leading the league in both categories.
2011 marks the third season in the Braves' organization for Jamie Dismuke after spending nine seasons in the Cincinnati Reds' organization. Dismuke spent five years in Chattanooga as the Lookouts' hitting coach.
Dismuke was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th round of the 1989 Major League Baseball amateur draft. A native of Syracuse, New York, Dismuke played eight seasons of minor league ball. He hit 87 home runs, drove in 401 runs and batted .273 in 754 minor league games.
Dismuke resides in Chattanooga, Tenneessee.
Mike will start his sixth season as the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A Athletic Trainer. He is in his 19th season in the Atlanta organization. Graus spent three years with the Braves Double-A affiliates in Mississippi and Greenville. He has made the rounds of the Atlanta chain, with stops in Myrtle Beach (1999-2002), Macon, Danville, Eugene, and Idaho Falls. He has also worked in the Arizona Fall League, Venezuelan Winter League, and the Braves Instructional League program. Graus began his career in pro baseball with Idaho Falls in 1993.
The Columbus, Nebraska native holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska in Education with an emphasis on athletic training. He earned a Masters Degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Education with an emphasis on exercise science. He became a certified athletic trainer in 1991.
Graus, his wife Erica, and their daughters Ashton Leigh and Avery spend the off-season in Marietta, GA.