MIKE SHILDT - MANAGER
Mike Shildt returns to Memphis for his second season as the Redbirds manager in 2016. The 47-year-old is the sixth manager in Redbirds' 19-year franchise history.
His 2015 Redbirds club contended to repeat as PCL American Southern Division Champions for the majority of the season before finishing with a 73-71 record, the eighth-best mark in the 16-team Pacific Coast League.
The 2016 campaign marks Shildt's 13th season in the Cardinals organization and eighth as a minor league skipper. He carries an overall 406-355 career record (.534 winning percentage) over his previous seven managerial seasons with three league championships in three postseason appearances.
Prior to joining the Redbirds, Shildt managed the past three seasons at Double-A Springfield, finishing with an overall 209-207 record. In his first year at the helm in Springfield in 2012, Shildt guided Springfield to its first Texas League Championship before being recognized as Baseball America's Team of the Year.
The Charlotte, North Carolina native began his managerial career with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie-level Appalachian League in 2009. He amassed a .617 winning percentage by going 124-77 in his three year stint as the skipper and guided the club to back-to-back league championships in 2010-11.
He earned the George Kissell Award in 2010 after his success at Johnson City as well as serving as the Cardinals Minor League Spring Training Coordinator, a position held from 2010-12. In 2013, Shildt managed the Salt River Rafters of the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League.
Initially hired by the Cardinals in 2004 in a scouting capacity, Shildt served as an area scout for four seasons from 2004-2007 prior to fulfilling player development duties towards the end of each campaign.
Shildt began four seasons from 2004-07 serving as an area scout and player development instructor before transiting to coach for a Cardinals short-season team, first as a New Jersey hitting coach from 2004-05, State College bench coach in 2006, and Batavia position coach in 2007. He later served as hitting coach at Johnson City in 2008.
Prior to joining the Cardinals organization in 2004, Shildt worked three years as an associate scout for the Major League Scouting Bureau. He has five years of collegiate coaching under his belt split between stops at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and UNC Asheville. He previously owned and operated On Deck Baseball Academy in Pineville, N.C., training many major and minor league players for four years.
Shildt is a graduate of UNC-Asheville with a degree in business and currently resides in Matthews, North Carolina.
BRYAN EVERSGERD - PITCHING COACH
Bryan Eversgerd returns to the Redbirds for his fourth season as pitching coach in 2015 and begins his 14th overall season in the Cardinals organization.
Before arriving in Memphis in 2013, he spent four of the previous five seasons in the same capacity for the Double-A Springfield Cardinals (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship and George Kissell Award in 2012.
Eversgerd's inaugural coaching season was in 2001 as pitching coach for the Cardinals' Advanced-A Potomac affiliate. After being out of baseball for two years, he resumed as pitching coach for the Midwest League Low-A affiliate in Peoria (2004) and Quad Cities (2005-07) prior to joining Springfield's staff.
Eversgerd coached four seasons over two stints with Springfield (2008-09, '11-12) that culminated with a Texas League championship in his final season. He spent the 2010 campaign with Advanced-A Palm Beach in the Florida State League.
After attending Kaskaskia Community College (Ill.), the left-hander was originally signed by St. Louis as a non-drafted free agent during a June tryout camp at Busch Stadium in 1989 and enjoyed a 12-year professional pitching career.
He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his Major League debut for St. Louis on April 30, 1994 and picked up his first big league win in his only major league start on May 20, 1994 at Florida.
Eversgerd pitched three seasons with the Redbirds during 1998-2000 seasons (12-15, 3.27 ERA, 148 SO) and ranks 3rd in Redbirds' history with 156 relief appearances.
The left-hander led the Redbirds in appearances in 1998 and 1999 season, including finishing 2nd in the circuit in games (59) and baserunners, per nine innings (10.09) in 1999.
Eversgerd hurled 7 2/3 scoreless innings while picking up two playoff victories for the 2000 PCL champion Redbirds, which included the winning decision during Albert Pujols' championship-clinching walk-off home run in extra innings of game 4.
The 46-year-old graduated from Carlyle (Ill.) High School where he was named team MVP and All-Conference as a senior in 1987. He resides in Hoffman, Ill. with wife Lisa, and their two children, daughter Kristen and son Jacob.
MARK BUDASKA - HITTING COACH
Mark Budaska, 63, begins his ninth season as the Redbirds hitting coach in 2016. Before Memphis, he spent six years working in the Boston Red Sox system, including the 2004-07 campaigns with Triple-A Pawtucket.
During his tenure in Memphis, Budaska has tutored Cardinals batters Matt Carpenter, Kolten Wong, Jon Jay, David Freese, Randal Grichuk, Daniel Descalso, Matt Adams, Stephen Piscotty, and Tommy Pham before moving on to St. Louis.
Budaska spent three offseasons from 2010-12 as the hitting and outfield coach for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Prior to his time with the PawSox, Budaska spent two years with Double-A Portland. In 2001, the Pennsylvania native enjoyed his most success as a coach, winning the Texas League Championship with the Anaheim Angels' Double-A affiliate Arkansas Travelers. That year his hitters finished fourth in the league with a .266 team batting average. Budaska served as hitting coach and first base coach for a major league team in Taiwan from 1998-2000.
The former switch-hitting outfielder played for 10 years in the Oakland Athletics organization, including two stints with the big league club in 1978 and 1981. Budaska, who now resides in Hawaii, appeared in 13 games with the A's collecting six hits in the 36 at-bats with three doubles and two RBIs.
He began his professional playing career in 1973 with Lewiston in the Northwest League after signing as an amateur free agent and made his major league debut on June 6, 1979.