RICK SWEET - MANAGER
Rick Sweet will serve as the team's field manager for the 2014 season, replacing two-year Sounds skipper Mike Guerrero, who was promoted to the Milwaukee Brewers' coaching staff following his 2013 Triple-A campaign.
The 61-year-old Sweet becomes the 25th manager in the Sounds' 37-year franchise history and will be joined by a returning coaching staff. Coach Bob Skube, pitching coach Fred Dabney, trainer Aaron Hoback, and strength & conditioning specialist Andrew Emmick all were previously announced as returning for another season in Music City in 2014.
The 2014 campaign will mark Sweet's 24th season as a minor league skipper, a managerial career that extends back to 1987 and includes stops with seven previous organizations. He carries a 1,588-1,520 career record (.511 winning percentage).
He was Baseball America's Class AAA Manager of the Year in 2010 and International League Manager of the Year in 2008 and 2009, all while leading Louisville, as well as Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 1994 while at Tucson.
Prior to joining the Sounds' staff for 2014, Sweet spent the previous nine seasons in the Cincinnati Reds organization, including the most recent two campaigns as the club's roving catching instructor.
Before that assignment, Sweet was manager of Triple-A Louisville in the International League for six straight years from 2005-11, becoming the Bats' all-time winningest manager (539-465). From 2008-10, his Bats won three straight International League West Division championships, their first titles since 2003.
He previously managed in the Seattle (1987-88), Houston (1989-95), New York Mets (1997), Montreal (1998, 2000), San Diego (2001-03), and Detroit (2004) minor league systems. He served with the Astros as first base coach in 1996 and with the Expos as field coordinator from 1999-2000.
Sweet is a three-time Triple-A All-Star Game manager, having received the honor twice in the PCL, with Tucson (1993) and Portland (2003), as well as with Louisville in the International League in 2009.
The former catcher had a nine-year playing career (1975-83), including three seasons in the majors with San Diego (1978), the New York Mets (1982), and Seattle (1982-83). Following his playing days, Sweet became bullpen catcher for the Mariners in 1984 then spent the next two years as the M's advance scout (1985-86) before gaining his first managerial post at short-season Bellingham in 1987.
In 2011, Sweet was hired as manager of Leones del Caracas, one of the most popular winter ball teams in Venezuela, and is currently serving as that team's manager for the third straight off-season in the Venezuelan Winter League. He previously managed another of Venezuela's top baseball teams, Navegantes del Magallanes, for the 1991-92 and '92-93 campaigns.
He resides in Buckeye, Arizona with his wife, Kimberly, and son, Seth.
FRED DABNEY - PITCHING COACH
Fred Dabney returns to Nashville for his third season as the Sounds' pitching coach in 2014 after spending the previous seven years in the same role at the Milwaukee Brewers' Advanced-A Brevard County affiliate.
Dabney is in his 11th season as pitching coach in the Brewers organization and 17th year overall as an instructor in professional baseball.
He joined the organization as pitching coach at Double-A Huntsville in 2004. During the 2010 season, Dabney served as interim bullpen coach with the Brewers from April 23 to May 23. He took the place of Stan Kyles, who underwent prostate surgery that April.
Prior to joining the Brewers, Dabney spent five seasons as a pitching coach in the Texas Rangers farm system with the Rookie GCL Rangers (1999), Low-A Savannah (2000), Advanced-A Charlotte (2001-02), and Advanced-A Stockton (2003).
While with Charlotte, he coached in the Florida State League All-Star Game both seasons. His staff posted a league-best 3.40 ERA in 2002 and ranked third with a 3.37 ERA in 2001.
Originally drafted in the 15th round by the Chicago White Sox in the 1988 draft after attending Seminole (OK) Junior College, the left-hander spent nine minor league seasons as a pitcher with Chicago-AL (1988-93), Cleveland (1994), and Chicago-NL (1995-96), including the 1993 season with the Sounds (2-5, 4.86 ERA in 51 relief appearances).
Fred and his wife, Inger, reside in Venice, Florida with their sons, Dane and Tanner.
BOB SKUBE - HITTING COACH
Bob Skube, who played for parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues with Milwaukee during a seven-year pro playing career, will serve his second year as a coach in the Brewers organization after joining the Sounds for the 2013 campaign.
He spent the previous six seasons as an instructor in the San Diego Padres system, including the last two of those campaigns as hitting coach for Triple-A Tucson in the Pacific Coast League. Prior to joining the T-Pads' staff, Skube worked as a hitting coach in Low-A Fort Wayne (2007), rookie Peoria (2008-09), and Advanced-A Lake Elsinore (2010).
Skube began his coaching career in 2005 within the Texas Rangers organization, where served as hitting coach at Advanced-A Bakersfield in 2005 then managed the rookie-level AZL Rangers to a 19-37 mark in 2006.
A 13th-round selection of the Brewers in 1979, Skube batted .250 in 16 games at the Major League level with Milwaukee in 1982 & 1983, where he played alongside four Hall of Famers. He compiled a .276 average over 680 minor league games during his playing career and was named the 1980 California League Rookie of the Year following a solid season with Stockton.
Skube attended the University of Southern California from 1975-79, winning MVP honors for the Trojans in 1977 and helping USC to a national championship in 1978.
He resides in Glendale, Arizona with his wife, Christine, and sons Josh and Ryan.
AARON HOBACK - ATHLETIC TRAINER
Aaron Hoback returns to the Sounds in 2014 for his second season at the Triple-A level after spending the previous three years with Double-A Huntsville. He enters his eighth year working in the Brewers organization.
Prior to joining the Stars in 2010, he worked as the athletic trainer with the Helena Brewers (2007-08) and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (2009).
Hoback graduated from Western Illinois University in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Wichita State baseball team in 2006 and also served as an intern athletic trainer with the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams.
Aaron and his wife, Kathryn, reside in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
ANDREW EMMICK - STRENGTH COACH
Andrew Emmick begins his fifth season as strength and conditioning coach with the Sounds.
He joined the Brewers organization in 2009 and served in the same role with Double-A Huntsville that year.
Prior to joining the Brewers, Emmick spent three seasons in the Angels minor league system as strength and conditioning coach with Class A Cedar Rapids (2006), Rookie Tempe (2007), and Triple-A Salt Lake (2008). In addition, he has worked at Athletic Edge Sports since 2005 as a training specialist for the NFL Combine.
Emmick earned his bachelor's degree in business from Brescia University in 2004 and received his master's degree in health and fitness management from the United States Sports Academy in 2006.