Skeels was an All-American at the University of Arkansas before the San Diego Padres selected him in the seventh round of the 1987 draft. The former catcher spent 12 years playing professional baseball with the Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees organizations, including stints in the California League with the Riverside Red Wave (1988-1989), Salinas Spurs (1992) and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (1993). Skeels advanced as high as Triple-A before embarking on a career in coaching.
Skeels is in his eighth season in the San Francisco Giants organization and fourth year as San Jose's manager (2009, 2011-13). He has won two league championships in five seasons as a manager overall, claiming the 2008 South Atlantic League title as skipper of the Augusta GreenJackets and the 2009 California League crown with San Jose. The Giants have qualified for the playoffs in all three years with Skeels at the helm. The 2009 squad set a franchise record with 93 victories en route to the championship before a 90-win campaign in 2011 that earned the Giants the Class A Advanced Team of the Year Award from MiLB.com. Last season, San Jose posted a North Division-best 75-65 overall record. Entering 2013, Skeels boasts an outstanding .614 winning percentage as Giants manager while his 258 career wins are second-most in team history.
Skeels' 2008 Augusta club finished with the best record (88-50) in Minor League Baseball among full-season teams. He also served as manager for the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2010. Skeels joined the San Francisco organization in 2006 and initially spent two years as Augusta's hitting coach.
In 2012, Skeels managed New Zealand to a second-place finish in a World Baseball Classic qualifier tournament. New Zealand won two games in their first-ever appearance in the WBC before falling to host Taiwan in the championship game.
Skeels resides in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Couchee was originally drafted by San Diego in 1980 and pitched briefly in the major leagues with the Padres in 1983. He appeared in eight big league games (all in relief) and was 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA. Couchee pitched six seasons professionally with the San Diego (1980-85) and Baltimore (1985) organizations.
Couchee is in his first season as pitching coach for the San Jose Giants after a one-year stint in the same role with the Arizona Rookie League Giants. 2013 marks Couchee's second season in the Giants organization. Couchee previously spent nine years in the San Diego Padres organization, including eight seasons as their Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 2004-2011 and one year as pitching coach for Triple-A Portland in 2003. He also spent 10 seasons as the California/Anaheim Angels Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 1993-2002 after a five-year stint as a pitching coach in their organization. Couchee began his coaching career with Double-A Tulsa in the Texas farm system during the 1986-87 seasons.
Couchee resides in Mesa, AZ.
Nava was originally a 14th round selection by the Seattle Mariners in the 1990 draft. The former infielder played seven years professionally with the Mariners (1990-94), Boston Red Sox (1995) and Chicago Cubs (1997), advancing as high as the Triple-A level.
Nava is in his sixth year in the San Francisco organization and first season as San Jose's hitting coach. Nava spent the last two seasons as Augusta's manager after a three-year stint as the GreenJackets' hitting coach. Under Nava's direction, Augusta's 2011 team won the second half Southern Division title and earned a spot in the playoffs. His two-year managerial record was 139-138 (.502).
Nava resides in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Getsoff is in his second season as San Jose's athletic trainer and his fifth year in the Giants organization. He served two seasons as athletic trainer for the Augusta GreenJackets from 2010-11 after one year in the same role with Salem-Keizer. Prior to joining the San Francisco organization, Getsoff spent the 2008 season with the Oakland A's in their minor league training operations department while also working as an athletic trainer in the Boston Red Sox minor league system during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He graduated from Boston University in 2006 with a B.S. in Athletic Training and earned a Masters degree in Exercise Science from Louisiana Tech. Getsoff has certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS) and the National Association of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
Getsoff resides in Portland, Maine.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Brooks is in his second season in San Jose as strength & conditioning coach and his third year with the San Francisco Giants organization. Prior to joining San Jose, he was the strength and conditioning coach for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short-Season). Brooks joined the Giants organization following an internship with Arizona State University's Athletic Performance staff. He earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he was a four-year letter winner as a catcher/outfielder, in addition to earning ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA honors as an Academic All-District V First Team Outfielder during his senior year. Brooks has certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach (CSCS), and the National Association of Sports Medicine as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
Brooks resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.