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Coaching Staff


Luis Bolivar


Bolivar returns to the Dragons in a new role in 2017 as he becomes the ninth Dragons manager. Bolivar served as Dragons hitting coach for the past three seasons, 2014-16. Bolivar played in 180 games for the Dragons in 2003-'04 and represented Dayton in the 2004 Midwest League All-Star Game. He is the first Dragons player to also serve as a coach or manager for the team. Bolivar began his coaching career as the hitting coach for the AZL Reds in 2013.

PLAYING CAREER: Bolivar spent nine years in the Minor Leagues including eight seasons in the Reds organization. From 2002-'09, he played at every level in the Reds farm system. He played at least 150 games at three different positions, working at second base, shortstop, and third base. He also saw action in left field, right field, and first base. On April 7, 2008, Bolivar became just the 11th player in Southern League history to collect six hits in one game as a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts.

PERSONAL: Bolivar, 35, is a native of Aragua, Venezuela. He has resided in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia since his tenure as a player with the Dragons and served as an assistant coach at Vandalia-Butler High School prior to joining the Reds as a coach in 2013. Bolivar and his wife, Kelly, have four children: Kamryn, Luisa, Zoey, and Enzo.



Derrin Ebert

Pitching Coach

Ebert returns for his second season as the Dragons pitching coach after spending the 2014 and '15 seasons as the pitching coach at Billings. Previously, Ebert was the pitching coach with the Goodyear Reds in the Arizona League for two seasons in 2012-'13.

PLAYING CAREER: Ebert pitched professionally from 1994-2005, appearing briefly in the Major Leagues with the Atlanta Braves in 1999. He also pitched in the Royals, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Brewers, and Red Sox organizations. Ebert reached double-figures in victories in three consecutive seasons in the Braves organization from 1995-'97. He was selected by the Braves in the 18th round in 1994.

PERSONAL: Ebert, 40, is a native of Anaheim, California and now lives in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He is a graduate of Arizona State University. Ebert appeared in the 2011 movie, Moneyball.



Daryle Ward

Hitting Coach

Ward joins the Dragons as hitting coach in 2017 in his second year in coaching in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He served as the hitting coach with the Goodyear Reds in the Arizona League in 2016.

PLAYING CAREER: Ward played professionally for 22 seasons from 1994-2015. He spent seven full seasons and parts of four others in the Major Leagues, primarily as a left fielder and first baseman. Ward played in 948 big league games with the Astros, Dodgers, Pirates, Nationals, Braves, and Cubs. His best season came in 2002 with Houston when he appeared in 136 games and batted .276 with 31 doubles, 12 home runs, and 72 runs batted in. He connected on a career-high 20 home runs in 2000 with the Astros. In the later stages of Ward's Major League career, he emerged as one of the National League's top pinch hitters. He led all of baseball in pinch hits and runs batted in as a pinch hitter in 2006 while finishing tied for first in pinch hit home runs. Following the completion of his Major League career in 2008, Ward spent parts of the next seven years as player in the independent Atlantic League before retiring at the age of 40 following the 2015 season. Ward played in 2,318 professional games including his time in the majors, minors, independent ball, and the Mexican League. He was originally signed by the Tigers as a 15th round draft pick in 1994 out of Rancho Santiago College in California.

PERSONAL: Ward, 41, is a native of the Los Angeles area and now makes his off-season home in Riverside, California. His father, Gary Ward, was a Major League All-Star selection with both the Twins and Rangers as part of a 12-year Major League playing career.



Kevin Mahar


Mahar rejoins the Reds organization after a three-year stint as a hitting coach in the system from 2013-15. He coached the hitters at Billings for two seasons before spending a year with Daytona, then was out of coaching in 2016

PLAYING CAREER: Mahar, a former outfielder/first baseman, played professionally for seven seasons and reached the big leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2007. He was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in 2004 out of Indiana University and completed his playing career in 2010 in the Phillies organization. Mahar was selected as a California League full-season all-star in 2005 with Bakersfield when he batted .315 with 17 home runs.

PERSONAL: Mahar, 35, grew up in Midland, Michigan, home of the Midwest League's Great Lakes Loons. He currently resides in Jasper, Indiana.


Kyle Utne

Athletic Trainer


Trey Strickland

Strength and Conditioning Coach


Tyler Steele

Medical Liaison