Joe Mikulik - Manager
Joe Mikulik returns in 2016 for his second season as manager of the RoughRiders. Prior to his current stint, the veteran skipper helmed the Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach Pelicans to a Carolina League-best 82-56 record in 2014. The Pelicans won their first round matchup in the playoffs before falling in the circuit's championship series. Mikulik joined the Rangers organization prior to the 2013 season and served as the roving minor league outfield instructor for one year before being named Myrtle Beach's manager for 2014.
Known for his passionate approach to managing, Mikulik will be entering his 18th season as a minor league manager in 2016. Prior to joining the Rangers organization, he spent 13 seasons with the Colorado Rockies as a manager with the Single-A Asheville Tourists. Mikulik also managed the short-season Burlington Indians in 1997 and 1998. Through the 2015 season, he owns a career regular season managerial record of 1,121-1,036 (a .520 winning percentage) and has guided his teams to the playoffs five times, posting an 11-12 record in the postseason. Under Mikulik, Asheville won the South Atlantic League championship in 2012; he was the league's manager of the year four times (2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008) and was elected to the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the Tourists' and South Atlantic League's all-time leader in career victories as a manager (938).
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. 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.
Jason Hart - Hitting Coach
Jason Hart continues on as as the RoughRiders' hitting coach for the fifth consecutive season and his seventh as a minor league instructor. From 2010-11, Hart was the hitting coach for Single-A Hickory and he spent 2009 in the same capacity for short-season Spokane.
Hart is no stranger to Dr Pepper Ballpark. He played first base for Frisco 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.
In 2000, Hart played for the Midland RockHounds and led the team in exta-base hits, slugging percentage, RBI, and hits. During the season, he was named a Texas League Baseball America Double-A All-Star and a TL All-Star first baseman. Hart played for Southern Oregon in 1998, leading the squad in home runs and RBI en route to being named MVP of the Northwestern League.
Hart was selected by Oakland in the fifth round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft our 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 in 2007 was named to the Missouri Valley Conference Baseball All-Centennial Team. Before becoming a Bear, Hart graduated from Fair Grove (MO) High School in 1996.
Steve Mintz - Pitching Coach
Mitz joined the Texas organization prior to the 2013 campaign and begins his fourth season as a pitching coach in the Rangers minor league system. He spent last year as the leader of the pitching staff with the Rangers Class A-Advanced affiliate in High Desert. His two years prior were spent with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, then the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Rangers.
The former Major League right-hander previously spent 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins organization. He was a pitching coach at various levels within the Minnesota organization, including his last stop with the High-A Fort Myers Miracle from 2009-12. Prior to Ft. Myers, Mintz was a pitching coach with New Britain (2008), Beloit (2006-07),and the GCL Twins (2002-05). He also spent the 2008 off season in the Arizona Fall League as a pitching coach for the Mesa Solar Sox. Mintz began his coaching career in 2001 with Anaheim, working as pitching coach for the organization's Class A-Short Season clubs following his retirement midway through the campaign.
Mintz pitched professionally for 12 seasons with Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Anaheim after he was originally drafted as a catcher by the Dodgers in the 1990 June Draft. He made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants on May 18, 1995 and recorded his first career win on June 14, 1995 at Chicago-NL.
Jacob Newburn - Athletic Trainer
Newburn begins his 11th season as a trainer in the Texas organization and first at the Double-A level.
Newburn's previous stops within the organization include Class A-Advanced High Desert (2014) and Myrtle Beach (2014), Class-A Hickory (2011-13), Class A-Advanced Bakersfield (2010), Class-A Clinton (2008-09), and Class A-Short Season Spokane (2006-07). Prior to joining the Rangers organization in 2006, Newburn worked as a graduate intern in the University of Nevada - Las Vegas (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. He also interned with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders in the summer of 2003.
The Richardson, Texas, native graduated from Berkner High School in 2000.
Eric McMahon - Strength & Conditioning Coach
Eric McMahon is in his his sixth season as Frisco's strength and conditioning coach and his eighth in the Texas organization. He was honored as the "Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year" for the Texas League in 2012, 2014, and 2015 by the Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS). He previously served in the same role with Advanced-A Bakersfield from 2009-10. Prior to joining the Rangers, McMahon worked with the Milwaukee Brewers for three seasons. In 2008, he was the strength and conditioning coach for the club's Double-A affiliate in Huntsville, after spending the 2006-07 seasons at Helena of the Pioneer League.
During the 2007-08 off-seasons, McMahon coordinated the strength and conditioning activity at the Major League Baseball and Federation of Italian Baseball and Softball (FIBS) Academy in Tirrenia, Italy. McMahon also worked in game day operations with the Vermont Expos from 1998-05.
McMahon is a graduate of St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Biology (2004), and Springfield College with a M.Ed. in Exercise Science (2010). From 2005-07, he taught anatomy and physiology in the Springfield College Biology Department, and assisted as a strength and conditioning coach for baseball, football, golf, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, and women's volleyball.
In 2004-05, at Middlebury College, McMahon coached the outside linebackers and assisted in developing the football strength program. While at St. Lawrence, he was a four-year varsity football letter winner at center and an all-conference academic team honoree. At Burlington High School, in Vermont, McMahon played football, ice hockey, and baseball.