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2017 River Bandits Field Staff

Coaches' biographical information is courtesy of the Houston Astros.

 

Russ Steinhorn - Manager (1st season)

Russ Steinhorn is entering his fifth season with the Astros and his second as a manager. Last year, Steinhorn was the manager of the DSL Astros Blue and helped lead the club to a 42-23 record. Steinhorn joined the Astros in 2013 and spent three seasons as hitting coach at Class A Short Season Tri-City.

Prior to entering the professional coaching ranks, Steinhorn spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Delaware State University baseball team. While at Delaware State, Steinhorn played a key role in directing the team's offensive and defensive strategies, and helped see the club to a 40-17-1 record.

In 2011, Steinhorn was in charge of the outfielders and assisted the pitchers and hitters at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was also a camp coordinator, and assisted with recruiting, academic advisement, travel and scheduling. Prior to his stint at UNCG, Steinhorn coached for two seasons (2009-10) at Delaware State.

Steinhorn has also served coaching positions with the Allegany County Nitros in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and at his alma mater, Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. A 2008 graduate of Southeastern University, Steinhorn earned his bachelor's degree in middle grades mathematics education with a minor in religious studies. He also owns a master's degree in sports administration from Delaware State. Russ and his wife, Amanda, reside in Dover, Del.


Drew French - Pitching Coach (1st season)

Drew French is set to begin his second season with the Astros as a pitching coach and his first with Quad Cities. Last year, French joined the Astros as pitching coach at Tri-City. Prior to working for the Astros, French spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Division II Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., which followed a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Division I Florida International University.

Prior to his two collegiate coaching positions, French spent four seasons at the University of Alabama, including three seasons as Director of Baseball Operations from 2009-11. During his four seasons with Alabama, the Crimson Tide made four appearances in the SEC Tournament (2008-11), four NCAA Regional appearances (2008-11) and one NCAA Super Regional appearance (2010).

French has also served as a pitching coach in the New York Collegiate Baseball League with the North Fork Osprey(2008-09), and from 2006-07 he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Concordia University, his alma mater.

French graduated from Concordia University in Austin, Texas, in 2006 with a degree in business administration and a minor in communication. While at Concordia, he pitched and played outfield, and was a three-time Academic All-Southwestern Conference selection. A native of Austin, Texas, Drew graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 2002.


Ben Rosenthal - Hitting Coach (1st season)

Ben Rosenthal joins the Astros organization as hitting coach at Quad Cities. Rosenthal has spent the last three seasons working as a coach for the baseball team at Point Loma Nazarene University. During his three years on the staff, Rosenthal served as the hitting coach, third base coach, worked with the catchers and was heavily involved in recruiting.

Rosenthal had a four-year playing career as a catcher, spending two seasons in the Cardinals minor league system (2004-05) and two seasons in the Independent Leagues (2003, 2006). Prior to coaching at Point Loma, Rosenthal spent one year as the head coach at Mira Mesa High School (2013), leading the program to its first CIF Finals berth in almost two decades.

From 2011-12, Rosenthal was first assistant at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nev. and helped the team win a National Championship in 2012. Rosenthal earned his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with a supplement in introductory sciences from San Diego State University in 2002. In 2008, he received his master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific.

Ben and has a wife, Katie, and two daughters, Avery and Kennedy.


 

Jason Bell - Developmental Coach (1st season)

Jason Bell is in his first season with the Astros as development coach at Quad Cities. Bell joined the Astros from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where he served as the pitching coach for the Division I program during the 2016 season. As part of the coaching staff, Bell helped guide the team to its best winning percentage in over a decade. The club also set a record for the most non-conference victories in school history while getting out to the best start to a season in 22 years.

Bell also filled in as head coach for a handful of games during the season, helping the club to its first conference win of the year. Prior to his time at Maryland Eastern Shore, Bell was the Director of Baseball Operations at Ohio University in 2015 and a video scout at Baseball Info Solutions in 2014. While at Ohio University, Bell helped the baseball program to the second-best season in school history, which included a MAC Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament Championship berth. During that season, the Bobcats had the best year-to-year turnaround in collegiate baseball with a 25-game improvement, and also had the MAC Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Bell played collegiately at Saint Louis University (2010-11) and the University of Central Missouri (2012-14). He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Tournament team as a freshman at Saint Louis, pitching in Game 2 of the NCAA Division I Tournament that year in the Louisville Regional. Bell earned his bachelor's degree in 2013 from Central Missouri, before earning his master's degree in kinesiology - sports management from Central Missouri in 2014.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Bell played on the baseball, football and hockey teams during high school. As a senior, his summer team won the Perfect Game National Championship.


Elliot Diehl - Athletic Trainer (1st season)

Elliot Diehl returns to the Astros organization for his third season as an athletic trainer and his first at Quad Cities, having spent the last two seasons at Greeneville.

Prior to joining the Astros, Diehl served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Cupertino High School in California. During the 2014 season, Diehl was the Minor League Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Intern with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Diehl received his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training from San Diego State University in 2013. From 2011-13, Diehl was a part of the SDSU Athletic Training Educational Program, where he worked with the baseball, women's soccer, men's basketball and football teams.

Elliot is a Certified Athletic Trainer through the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and BOC, and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.


Hazael Wessin - Strength Coach (1st season)

Hazael Wessin returns to the Astros for his third season as a strength and conditioning coach, and his first with Quad Cities. Prior to joining the Astros, Wessin assisted the Boston Red Sox DSL operations in 2014.

Wessin received his bachelor's degree in sport management from Faulkner University in 2014. He also received his associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Western Oklahoma State College in 2012, where he was also a member of the baseball team. In 2011, Wessin was part of the National Championship winning team.