2011 Field Staff
Brady Williams - Manager
Williams enters his second season as Hot Rods manager. The 31-year-old Floridian made his managerial debut with the Rays' Short Season Class A affiliate in Hudson Valley, NY, in 2009, leading the Renegades to a 38-37 record. Prior to 2009, Williams served as a coach with Class A Vero Beach in 2008, the Hot Rods' predecessors in Columbus, GA, in 2007, and in Southwest Michigan in 2006. A former first baseman, Williams played five seasons of minor league ball with the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, and Tampa Bay Rays.
RC Lichtenstein - Pitching Coach
Lichtenstein returns to the Hot Rods for a third consecutive season, his seventh overall in the Rays' farm system, and his third working with Williams. The Chicago-native led Hot Rods hurlers in 2009, leading with a staff that featured South Atlantic League All-Star Chris Andujar and the strikeout leader in Minor League Baseball, left-hander Matt Moore. Lichtenstein's return to the Hot Rods also marks a return to the Midwest League, the Hot Rods new home in 2010. He served as pitching coach of the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays in 2005 and 2006. He coached with Williams during the '06 season in Michigan and again in 2008, the last of his two years in Vero Beach.
Manny Castillo - Hitting Coach
A former major league infielder, Castillo enters his second season as Hot Rods Coach. Castillo enters his 14th season in the Rays' system, serving two stints managing Tampa's Dominican Summer League squad (1998-2001, 2007-08). Prior to his second stint in his native Dominican Republic, Castillo coached Class A Visalia (2006), Rookie-level Princeton (2003-05), and Class AA Orlando in 2002. Prior to joining the Rays' coaching staff, Castillo spent eight years (1989-96) managing and coaching for the minor league affiliate of the Hiroshima Carp in the Dominican Republic. Before his coaching career began, he spent 18 years as a player, eventually spending three seasons in the big leagues with Kansas City (1981) and Seattle (1982-83).
Scott Thurston - Trainer
Bio coming soon.