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Coaching Staff

 

SHAWN WILLIAMS - Manager Born: 9/18/83 in Salt Lake City, UT... Resides: Palm Harbor, FL... Former infielder. Promoted to Lakewood (A) for the 2015 season after managing Williamsport last year, his first season as a full-time member of the Phillies player development staff. Alsospent April of 2014 as a fill-in bullpen catcher for the Phillies. Served as a player/coach for Williamsport in 2013. Played four seasons (2007-10) in Tampa Bay's minor league system while also playing independentlyin the American Association (2006), Can Am League (2010-11) and the Atlantic League (2010 & 2012). Is the son of former major league manager and Phillies bench coach Jimy Williams.

NELSON PRADA - Coach Born: 2/22/76 in Maracay, VZ ... Resides: Barquisimeto, VZ... Former catcher. Joined the Phillies organization for the 2013 season after spending his entire professional career - playing and managing - with the Minnesota Twins. Was originally signed by Minnesota as an amateur free agent in 1995 and played four years (1995-98) before being released during spring training in 1999. Immediately began his coaching career following his release. Was Minnesota's Venezuelan Academy coordinator for three years(2001-03) and also managed the VSL team in 2001 and 2003. Spent 2004 as a coach with the Gulf Coast League Twins (R) before moving into the manager's role for the team, which he held for the next three years (2005-07). Managed Beloit (A) for five years (2008-12) before joining the Phillies as manager for Williamsport (A) in 2013 and Clearwater (A) in 2014. Joined Lakewood (A) as a coach for 2015. Has had winning records in six of his nine seasons as a minor league manager.

AARON FULTZ - Pitching Coach Born: 9/4/73 in Memphis, TN... Resides: Fayette, AL... Former pitcher. Pitched in themajor leagues for the San Francisco Giants (2000-02), Texas Rangers (2003),Minnesota Twins (2004), Phillies (2005-06) and Cleveland Indians (2007). Was a member of the 2002 National League Champions and pitched in eight total playoff games between the Giants and Indians. Went 7-1, 3.38 ERA in 128 games over his two seasons in Philadelphia. Appeared in six combined minor league games in 2008 between Tulsa (AA) and Toledo(AAA). As a member of the Phillies player development staff has shuttled between Williamsport (A, 2012 & 2014) and Lakewood (A, 2013 & 2015).

TAKAYUKI SAKURAI - Athletic Trainer Born: 10/31/83 in Ishioka, Japan... Resides: Ishioka... The 2015 season is his eighth with the Phillies and second with Lakewood after spending the three years (2011-13) with Williamsport (A). Worked three years (2008-10) as an athletic training intern inthe Phillies minor league system. Earned a bachelor of science in athletic training from the University of Delaware in 2007 and a master's degree in athletic training from Indiana State University in 2008.

KEN MATANANE - Strength & Conditioning Coach Born: 7/28/74 in San Diego, CA... Resides: Bremerton, WA... Joined the Phillies for the 2015 season after spending the last three years (2012-14) as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for Washington State University, where he also worked in 2007. Spent the 2011 season in the Pittsburgh Pirates player development system with West Virginia (A) of the South Atlantic League. Worked for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks for three years (2008-10) as the assistant strength and conditioning coach. Interned with the University of Washington in 2005 and was a graduate assistant at Central Washington University (2004-07), where he earned his MS degree in exercise science.