Manager Tim Teufel
Tim Teufel was named 16th manager of the Buffalo Bisons in the modern era.
The 2011 season will be Teufel's first at the Triple-A level and his 8th season as a minor league manager. He has spent his entire managerial career in the New York Mets' organizaion.
He began his managerial career in 2003 with short-season Brooklyn of the NY-Penn League and earned a 47-28 record and a McNamara Division championship. Teufel then spent five of the next six seasons as a Single-A manager before joining Double-A Binghamton in 2010 (66-76 record).
Teufel joined the Mets organization in 1998 when he was named to the professional scouting department. He spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons as the Mets minor league infield coordinator.
Teufel played 11 major league seasons from 1983-1993, including six with the New York Mets (1986-1991). He played 93 regular season games for the 1986 World Series Champion Mets and hit .444 (4-9) with a home run and an RBI in three games against the Boston Red Sox.
Teufel was originally drafted by Minnesota in the second round of the June 1980 Free Agent Draft and played in parts of three seasons with the Twins before an off-season trade in 1986 brought him to New York. The infielder finished his career with three years in San Diego. Overall, Teufel hit .254 with 86 home runs and 379RBI in 1,073 career big league games.
Pitching Coach Ricky Bones
Ricky Bones is entering his third year as Bisons pitching coach and his fifth season in the Mets minor league system.
In 2010, Bisons' pitchers tossed an International League-best six complete games, the second consecutive year they have led the league in the category. Herd pitchers also finished 2nd in the IL with 1,063 strikeouts, the secon-highest single-season total in the club's modern era. Buffalo also ranked 1st in the IL in fewest walks (393) and T7th with eight shutouts.
Prior to joining the Bisons, Bones spent 2007 and 2008 as the pitching coach of the Binghamton Mets (AA) of the Eastern League. He joined the Mets in 2006 as the pitching coach for the Florida State League Champion St. Lucie Mets.
Bones pitched 11 seasons in the majors with San Diego, Milwaukee, New York-AL, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Baltimore and Florida with a career record of 63-82 and a 4.85ERA in 375 games. He was an American League All-Star with Milwaukee in 1994 and won 10+ games in three consecutive seasons with the Brewers (11 -1993, 10 -1994, 10 -1995).
Hitting Coach Mike Easler
Easler is entering his first season as the Bisons Hitting Coach and his first season in the New York Mets organization.
Since his retirement in 1988, Easler has served as the hitting coach for Milwaukee (1992), Boston (1993) and St. Louis (1999-2001). He joined the Lost Angeles Dodgers organization in 2006 as the hitting coach at Double-A Jacksonville and moved onto Triple-A Las Vegas in 2007. He split the 2008 season as the Dodgers hitting coach and the organization's minor league hitting instructor.
Nicknamed the "Hit Man" during his 14-year big league career, Easler averaged .293 with 118 home runs and 522RBI in 1,151 major league games with Houston, California, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Yankees.
The outfielder was a National League All-Star with Pittsburgh in 1981 and was part of the 1979 World Series Champion Pirates team.
Athletic Trainer Joe Golia
Golio is entering his 1st year as the Bisons athletic trainer.
Golia, has been with the Mets for the last seven seasons, six of which have come as the head athletic trainer for the Binghamton Mets. He also served as the head athletic trainer for the Surprise Rafters (2009) and the Peoria Saguaros (2008) of the Arizona Fall League. Prior to joining the Mets, Golia was an athletic trainer for the Double-A Trenton Thunder (Red Sox) during the 2002 season.
Golia, a native of Charlottesville, VA, graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a major in sports medicine before going on to get his M.E.D. in Exercise Science & Physical Education from the Citadel.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Ken Coward
Coward spent the past nine seasons as the Mets assistant strength and conditioning coordinator for the minor leagues. This is the third season he will be with the Buffalo Bisons.
He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Level One United States weightlifting club coach with the US Weightlifting Association.