MIKE SHILDT - MANAGER
Mike Shildt arrives in Memphis for his first season as the Redbirds manager in 2015.
The 46-year-old Shildt is the sixth manager in Redbirds' 18-year franchise history and took over for Ron "Pop" Warner, who was named a minor league roving fielding instructor with the Cardinals organization.
The 2015 campaign marks Shildt's 12th season in the Cardinals organization and seventh as a minor league skipper. He carries an overall 333-284 career record (.540 winning percentage) over his previous six 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 third season as pitching coach in 2015 and begins his 13th 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 44-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 begins his eighth season as the Redbirds hitting coach in 2015. He spent his six previous years working in the Boston Red Sox system, including the 2004-07 campaigns with Triple-A Pawtucket.
During his tenure in Memphis, has tutored Cardinals batters David Freese, Allen Craig, Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso, and Matt Carpenter, who all posted career minor league years in Memphis 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.
VANCE ALBITZ - COACH
Former Redbirds utility man Vance Albitz enters his first season in a coaching capacity in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
After going undrafted out of the University of San Diego, Albitz was signed as a free agent out of independent ball by St. Louis and played parts of three minor league seasons in the Cardinals organization from 2011-13. Vance also played in the Angels orgainzation last season, splitting time between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake.
He appeared in 41 games in a Redbirds uniform during the 2012-13 seasons and hit his first career professional home run in his first Triple-A game on August 24, 2012.
The 27-year-old is the founder of "Gloves 4 Troops," a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that sends baseball gloves and baseballs to U.S. military members around the world during the offseason. Learn more at http://www.gloves4troops.com.
JEREMY CLIPPERTON - ATHLETIC TRAINER
Clipperton, 37, enters his fourth season as athletic trainer for the Redbirds in 2015.
Before joining the Cardinals organization in 2012, Jeremy spent 10 years in the Seattle Mariners organization, including two in the PCL with Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers from 2010-11.
Clipperton began his career in baseball in 1998 serving as an intern trainer for the Clinton Lumberkings of the San Diego Padres organization before graduating from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. in 1999. After initially joining the Seattle Mariners organization athletic trainer for the Peoria Mariners in the 2000 Arizona League, he completed one season with the Northwest League Spokane Indians in the Kansas City Royals organization.
He rejoined the Mariners in 2002 and spent the next four seasons with Single-A Wisconsin. He began a two-year stint at the Double-A level in West Tennessee in 2007 and moved to the Advanced-A High Desert Mavericks of the California League in 2009.
The Iowa native is a two-time award recipient, recognized by the Midwest League in 2006 and again in 2008 as the Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Professional Athletic Trainers Society, the highest Minor League award as the top athletic trainer in all of the Minor Leagues. He was also named the Southern League Trainer of the Year in 2008.
Jeremy and his wife Jessica reside in Peoria, Ariz.
KEVIN HYDE - STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Kevin Hyde was hired by the Cardinals during the offseason and enters his first season with the Redbirds as Strength & Conditioning Coach. Hyde previously served as the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Southwestern Oklahoma State University for five years.
The Weatherford, Oklahoma native is a graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he earned a bachelor's in Exercise Science and a Master's in Sports Management. He is also a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Sports Performance Certified (USAW-SPC) through United States of America Weightlifting Association, and a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.