2015 Field Staff
Joe Ayrault returns for his fourth season as manager of the Manatees. He has led Brevard County to a 202-202 (.500) record over the past three seasons, including 73-62 in 2014.
Prior to his current role, he spent two seasons as manager with Rookie Helena. In 2010, he guided Helena to a 41-34 record and the Pioneer League championship. He was named Pioneer League Co-Manager of the Year that season. He posted a 71-80 (.470) record during his two seasons at Helena.
Ayrault spent six seasons in the Cincinnati Reds organization, including three seasons managing at Class-A Sarasota (2007-09), where he posted a 195-220 (.470) record. In 2007, his first season managing at the professional level, he led the Sarasota Reds to the Florida State League playoffs with an 81-59 record. He also served as Sarasota's hitting coach in 2006 and handled the same duties for the Rookie Gulf Coast League Reds from 2004-05. Ayrault owns a 468-502 (.482) career managerial record over seven seasons.
Ayrault spent three seasons in the Texas Rangers organization, where he served as a coach with the Rookie GCL Rangers (2001), Class-A Savannah (2002) and Class-A Stockton (2003).
The former catcher spent his entire playing career in the Atlanta Braves organization from 1990-97. He made his only Major League appearances in 1996, playing in seven games for the Braves and making the postseason roster that year.
Joe resides in Sarasota, Florida, with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, daughter, Haley, and son, Kole.
Dave Chavarria enters his fourth season in the Brewers organization and his second with Brevard County as the pitching coach. Last season, the 'Tees led the Florida State League with a 3.25 ERA.
Chavarria spent 2012 and 2013 as Wisconsin's pitching coach. In 2012, the pitching staff posted a 3.83 ERA during the regular season and a 2.00 ERA in nine postseason games to claim the Midwest League title.
Prior to joining the Timber Rattlers, Chavarria spent 11 seasons coaching in the Texas Rangers organization. He served as a pitching coach with the Rookie Gulf Coast League Rangers (2001-02), Class-A Spokane (2003-04, '11) and Class-A Bakersfield (2005-06, '08-10). In 2007, he was the assistant pitching coordinator in the Rangers' farm system.
Chavarria was a pitcher for nine minor-league seasons with Texas, St. Louis and San Francisco. He missed two seasons (1993 and 1998) due to shoulder problems. His father, Ossie, played for the Kansas City Athletics from 1966-67. Dave resides in Bakersfield, California, with his wife, Jamie, and seven children: Kendall, Kaylie, Kaitlyn, Brendan, Jakob, Jason and Jackson.
Ned Yost IV is in his fourth season as a coach with Brevard County. He previously spent three seasons as a full-time coach with the Rookie Helena Brewers (2009-11). He served as an assistant coach with Helena in 2008.
Yost played in the organization as an infielder for three seasons (2005-07) after he was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2005.
Ned resides in Pine Mountain, Georgia. He is the son of former Brewers manager and current Royals skipper, Ned Yost.
Reggie Williams begins his sixth season in the Brewers organization and his second as a coach with Brevard County.
Williams joined the Brewers in 2010 and spent his first four seasons in the organization as roving outfield and baserunning coordinator.
Previously, Williams spent 13 seasons as the vice president of community relations with the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals (1997-2009). He also worked as a teacher and assistant principal with the Memphis City School District from 1991-97.
Williams, who was selected by the Dodgers in the 13th round of the 1982 draft, spent four seasons in the Major Leagues with Los Angeles (1985-87) and Cleveland (1988). He batted .259 with 5 HR
and 39 RBI in 200 career games. He continued his playing career in the minor leagues with the Pirates in 1989 and with the Rangers in 1990.
Williams played collegiately at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Following his playing career, he received his master's degree in teaching from the University of Memphis in 1994 and earned a second master's degree in school supervision and administration in 1997.
Reggie and his wife, Allyson, have three children, Lesly, Reginald Jr. and Lane. They reside in Cordova, Tennessee.
Tommy Craig enters his ninth season as athletic trainer with the Brevard County Manatees. He was recognized as the Florida State League Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2012.
Craig has served as athletic trainer for Team Canada in each of the three World Baseball Classics (2006, 2009 and 2013).
Prior to joining the Brewers, Craig worked for the Toronto Blue Jays. While with Toronto, he filled many roles during his 25-year tenure, including head athletic trainer and rehab coordinator. He served as head athletic trainer during Toronto's back-to-back World Series championship seasons in 1992 and 1993. He was also the head athletic trainer for the American League at the 1991 All-Star Game.
A graduate of East Carolina University, Craig and his family reside in Palm Harbor, Florida. He has three children, a son, Geoff, and daughters, Sarah and Natalie.
Jonah Mergen begins his fifth season as the Manatees' strength and conditioning specialist. He joined the Brewers in 2011 after one season in the Astros organization as a strength and conditioning specialist with Rookie Greeneville.
Mergen has also worked in the strength and conditioning departments at North Carolina State University, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the National Strength and Conditioning Association World Headquarters.
Mergen graduated from St. Ambrose University with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2007. He received his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in human performance in 2009.
Jonah is a native of Madison, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Stefani, reside in Lake Worth, Florida.