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Coaching Staff

Joe Mikulik - Manager

Joe Mikulik is in his fourth season as manager of the RoughRiders. Through his first three seasons with the Riders, he holds a 183-235 record. 2018 marks his sixth season in the Rangers organization, which includes a stint as manager of Advanced-A Myrtle Beach in 2014 and a season as the organization's roving outfield coordinator in 2013.

This is Mikulik's 20th season as a minor league manager. Prior to joining the Rangers organization, he spent 13 seasons with the Colorado Rockies as a manager with the Class-A Asheville Tourists. Mikulik also managed the short-season Burlington Indians in 1997 and 1998. Mikulik enters the season with 1,264 career victories and five trips to the postseason, highlighted by a 2012 South Atlantic League title with Asheville. His credentials also include four SAL Manager of the Year awards (2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008), and he was elected to the SAL Hall of Fame in 2010.

He began his coaching career as a player/coach in the Cleveland organization for Double-A Canton-Akron in 1995. Mikulik's managerial career began as an interim skipper when he replaced then-Burlington manager and former Rangers special assistant Harry Spilman late in the 1997 season.

A native of the Lone Star State, Mikulik was born in Weimer, Texas and currently lives in nearby Keller. After graduating from Bishop Forest High School in Schulenburg, Texas, he played for two seasons as San Jacinto Junior College in Pasadena, Texas, where he was an All-American. Mikulik was Houston's ninth round selection in the 1984 June Draft and played for 12 years in the Astros organization, rising to Triple-A Tucson. He was a career .274 hitter with 78 home runs, 161 doubles, 48 triples 527 RBI and 135 steals in 1,053 games. Outside of stints in Mexico and Venezuela, he manned the outfield for Astros affiliates for the entirety of his professional playing career.

 

Jason Hart - Hitting Coach

Jason Hart continues on as as the RoughRiders' hitting coach for the seventh consecutive season and his 11th as a minor league instructor. Prior to joining the Riders, he was the hitting coach with Class-A Hickory (2010-2011) and the AZL Rangers (2009). His coaching career begin in 2008 as an assistant with Class-A Clinton.

Hart is no stranger to Frisco. He played first base for the Riders in 2005 and led the team with 28 doubles, 21 home runs, and 77 RBI. Hart made his only appearance in the Majors in 2002, playing in ten games for the Rangers. His other Texas League experience came in 2000 with the Midland RockHounds.

Hart was selected by Oakland in the fifth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft out of Missouri State University, where he was a three-year starter and an All-American. He still holds several career hitting records at Missouri State and is a member of the school's hall of fame, in addition to holding a spot on the Missouri Valley Conference's All-Centennial team. Before becoming a Bear, Hart graduated from Fair Grove (MO) High School in 1996 and makes his offseason home in Springfield, MO.

 

 

Greg Hibbard - Pitching Coach

Greg Hibbard enters his first season as Riders pitching coach in 2018 after spending the previous two seasons in the same role with Triple-A Round Rock. Prior to joining the Rangers organization, Hibbard registered 13 seasons as a pitching coach in the Cleveland organization, working at four different levels in the Indians' Minor League system.

The southpaw pitched six seasons in the big leagues, including four seasons with the Chicago White Sox. A native of New Orleans, Hibbard was taken by the Royals in the 16th round of the 1986 draft out of the University of Alabama. He currently resides in Arlington, TX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Flanders - Assistant Coach

Brad Flanders in his first season with the RoughRiders as an assistant coach. 2018 marks his first year with the Rangers organization and his initial season as a coach in the professional ranks, after beginning his coaching tenure at the collegiate level.

Flanders most recently served as the pitching coach at Abilene Christian University from 2015-2017. His other collegiate stops include Arkansas, Saint Louis University and Texarkana College. He has worked with both pitchers and catchers throughout his time in coaching.

As a player, Flanders began his collegiate career at Hutchinson (KS) Community College, before transferring to the University of Missouri for his final two years. The catcher played two seasons of independent baseball in the Frontier and Northern Leagues before making the switch to coaching.

 

Jacob Newburn - Athletic Trainer

Newburn begins his 13th season as a trainer in the Texas organization and third at the Double-A level.

Newburn's previous stops within the organization include Class A-Advanced High Desert (2015) and Myrtle Beach (2014), Class-A Hickory (2011-13), Advanced-A Bakersfield (2010), Class-A Clinton (2008-09), and Short Season-A Spokane (2006-07). He also interned with the Riders in 2003.

Prior to joining the Rangers organization in 2006, Newburn worked as a graduate intern in the UNLV athletic department and maintained responsibilities with the baseball, swimming and tennis programs. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor's of science degree in athletic training. The Richardson, Texas, native graduated from Berkner High School in 2000.

 

Wade Lamont - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Wade Lamont is in his second season with the RoughRiders after spending the previous four years at Class-A Hickory. He also worked with the AZL Rangers in 2012, making 2018 his seventh season as a strength & conditioning coach with the Rangers organization.

Prior to his shift into strength & conditioning, Lamont played parts of three seasons in the Tigers organization. He was selected by Detroit in the 29th round of the 2007 draft out of Flagler College. His dad, Gene, is a special assistant to the GM in the Kansas City Royals organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch Brasher - Clubhouse Manager

Mitch returns for his second season with the Roughriders in 2018. Before joining the Roughriders, Mitch spent the previous three seasons with the Hickory Crawdads. The 2018 season with be his fifth with the Texas Rangers. Mitch is a native of Bridgeton, Missouri and a graduate of Illinois College.