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Coaching Staff

 

MARIO GARZA | MANAGER


BORN: May 26, 1981 in Shreveport, LA
RESIDES: Tampa, FL
COACHING CAREER: Enters his fourth season in the Yankees organization and first as manager of Staten Island. Garza served as the manager of GCL 2 last season and previously served as a coach with Single-A Tampa from 2011-12. Prior to that, he assisted hitters and catchers at Melbourne Central Catholic High School in Florida.
PLAYING CAREER: Was originally selected by the Houston Astros in the 25th round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. He played four seasons in Houston's minor league system from 2003-06, where he batted .253 with 58 doubles, 41HR, 176RBI and 11SB in 285 career minor league games. Garza fi nished his playing career with the Washington Wildthings of the independent Frontier League in 2007.

 

TIM NORTON | PITCHING COACH


BORN: May 23, 1983 in Franklin, MA
RESIDES: Tallahassee, FL
COACHING CAREER: Norton returns to Staten Island as the pitching coach in 2014, after playing on the Island in 2006. He made his professional coaching debut in 2013 alongside Mario Garza with GCL 2.
PLAYING CAREER: Was originally selected by the New York Yankees in the seventh round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. In parts of fi ve seasons in the Yankees minor league system, Norton combined to go 9-7 with 9 saves and a 2.46 ERA (197.2IP, 54ER) in 85 games (20 starts). He helped lead short-season Single-A Staten Island to the New York-Penn League Championship in 2006.
PERSONAL: Drafted by the Yankees out of the University of Connecticut, where he was a 2006 Pre-Season All-Big East selection and led the Huskies with a 2.04 ERA. He recorded 226 career strikeouts at UConn, ranking second on the Connecticut all-time list. Following the season he was named All-Big East First Team and All-New England First Team.

 

TY HAWKINS | HITTING COACH


BORN: November 8, 1967 in Point Pleasant, NJ
RESIDES: Brielle, NJ
COACHING CAREER: Returns for his ninth consecutive season as the hitting coach in Staten Island. Hawkins led the Staten Island Yankees to the second- best batting average in the New York-Penn League in four of the last seven seasons (2007-09, '11), a league-high three "Batter of the Week" honors in 2011 and an NYPL-best 52HR in 2009. He guided the 2006 Staten Island o ffense to a league-best .267 average and 365R en route to the club's second consecutive NY-Penn League Championship. He also ful lled coaching duties with Double-A Trenton (2005), Single-A Tampa (2004), Single-A Battle Creek (2003), Single-A Greensboro (2002) and the Gulf Coast Yankees (1999-2001). Before joining the Yankees organization, Hawkins coached at Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois.
PLAYING CAREER: Played baseball at Old Dominion University, where he helped his team advance to the NCAA Regionals in 1990. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from ODU in that year as well.
PERSONAL: Married to Jennifer with two children, Brier and Ty Bayley.

 

LUIS FIGUEROA | COACH


 


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