Joe Mikulik - Manager
Joe Mikulik returns in 2017 for his third 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 19th season as a minor league manager in 2017. 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. Mikulik has over 1,000 managerial wins under his belt 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 sixth consecutive season and his eighth 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.
Brian Shouse - Pitching Coach
Brian Shouse is in his sixth season in the Texas organization and second with Frisco. The former big league southpaw rejoined the organization prior to the 2012 campaign and worked with the Rookie AZL Rangers pitchers each of the last four seasons.
As a player, Shouse appeared in 467 major league games with six teams from 1993-2009, mostly as a reliever, compiling a record of 13-10 and a 3.72 ERA. He was with the Rangers from 2003-06, working in 185 games, and also pitched for Pittsburgh (1993), Boston (1998), Kansas City (2002), Milwaukee (2006-08), and Tampa Bay (2009). He also briefly pitched in the Japanese Pacific League during the latter half of the 2009 campaign. From 2003-2008, Shouse appeared in 386 games, 9th-most among left-handed pitchers. An Illinois native, Shouse graduated from Bradley University, where he is a member of the Bradley Hall of Fame.
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.
Wade Lamont - Strength & Conditioning Coach
Wade Lamont joins the RoughRiders from the Class-A Hickory Crawdads where he spent each of the last four seasons. The 2017 season will mark his sixth year overall in the organization after he was originally hired in the same capacity for the AZL Rangers in 2012. He was selected in the 29th round of the 2007 June Draft by the Detroit Tigers and spent three seasons in the Tigers farm system as a player.