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Coaching Staff

Jason Wood - Manager

Jason Wood returns for his fourth season at the helm after leading the Express to a 66-72 record last year. On August 3, 2017, Wood collected his 500th career managerial victory thanks to a 6-1 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes, a franchise which he spent five seasons with as a player. He was inducted into the Isotopes Hall of Fame in 2016.

In 2015, Wood captured the Pacific Coast League American Conference title in his first Triple-A season. It marked the first time Round Rock played in the PCL Championship since 2006. Under his leadership, the E-Train landed in first place on April 21 and stayed atop the division for 132 consecutive games.

Prior to joining the Express, "Woody" was manager of the Rangers Double-A affiliate Frisco RoughRiders for one season, guiding the club to a league-best 80 wins. The achievement earned him Texas League Manager of the Year honors.

Wood made his managerial debut in 2011 with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Rangers High-A affiliate. He was named Carolina League Manager of the Year in 2013 after leading the Pelicans to a 77-62 record. Baseball America named Wood the Carolina League's top managerial prospect in its best tools survey in both 2012 and 2013.

The Fresno, California native is entering his eighth year as a coach in the Rangers organization and sixth as a manager after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as a hitting instructor at High-A Bakersfield.

Wood played professionally for 18 seasons as an infielder from 1991-2008, including time with Oakland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Florida. He saw big league action in parts of five seasons and finished with a .245 average, five home runs and 36 RBI over 153 games. He was originally drafted by Oakland in the 11th round of the 1991 June Draft and made his major league debut with the Athletics on Opening Day 1998.

Traded to Detroit in June 1998, Wood remained with the Tigers organization through 1999 before signing with Pittsburgh, where he would spend 2000-2001. He finished his playing career in Florida's system after signing with the Marlins in 2002, leading up to his retirement following the 2008 campaign.

The California native graduated from McLane (CA) High School before attending Fresno State University, where he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 1991 Big West title with a .343 average.

He and his wife Sissy have three daughters: Francesca, Daniela and Gemma.

 

Brian Shouse - Pitching Coach

Brian Shouse comes to Round Rock following two seasons with the Texas Rangers' Double-A affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders. The Illinois native has spent six seasons within the Rangers organization, including time with the AZL Rangers from 2012-2015.

Shouse appeared in 467 major league games during a 17-year professional career, most often as a left-handed reliever. He logged time with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1993), Boston Red Sox (1998), Kansas City Royals (2002), Texas Rangers (2003-2006), Milwaukee Brewers (2006-2008) and Tampa Bay Rays (2009). He retired from playing following the 2009 season, in which he appeared for the Kintetsu Buffaloes of the Japanese Pacific League at age 40.

Shouse attended Bradley University and currently resides in Peoria, Illinois with his wife Trish and three daughters Haleigh, Emmy and Daisy. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

 

Howard Johnson - Hitting Coach

Howard Johnson joins the Round Rock Express as hitting coach after two successful seasons managing the High-A High Desert Mavericks and Down East Wood Ducks, replacing former E-Train hitting coach Jim Presley.

Johnson led the Mavericks to a California League championship in 2016 before overseeing the organization's move to Down East. His success carried over into 2017 as the Wood Ducks were crowned co-champions of the Carolina League after a Hurricane Irma-shortened postseason. The Florida native was named the 2016 California League manager of the year after guiding High Desert to a league-best 82 wins.

"HoJo" played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, appearing with the Detroit Tigers (1982-1984), New York Mets (1985-1993), Colorado Rockies (1994) and Chicago Cubs (1995). The two-time All-Star third baseman also served as the Seattle Mariners hitting coach after spending 11 seasons within the Mets organization, including three seasons as the team's major league hitting coach.

 

Geno Petralli - Coach

Former Texas backstop Geno Petralli enters his fourth season as a member of the Round Rock coaching staff. In 2015, Petralli returned to the coaching ranks for the first time since 1994. Upon conclusion of his playing career in 1994, he worked for the Chicago Cubs in a roving instructor position.

Petralli appeared in 809 games at the major league level over 12 seasons from 1982-93, including nine seasons with the Rangers. His 556 games behind the plate for Texas still ranks third most in franchise history. Petralli signed with the Rangers as a free agent on May 17, 1985 and appeared with the club in each season through 1993. He batted .302 with 7 home runs and 31 RBI over 102 games in 1987, becoming the first Texas catcher ever to post a .300 average. He was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 3rd round of the 1978 June draft and appeared in 25 games with the club from 1982-84.

He and his wife, Susan, have three children: James, Ben and Mary. James is the lead singer of the band White Denim. Ben was drafted five times in the major league draft and played professionally with the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League and Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association.

 

Carlos Olivas - Athletic Trainer

Carlos Olivas enters his third season with the Express and 10th overall in the Texas organization. The New Mexico native spent the previous five seasons as the trainer for the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. During his time in Frisco, Olivas was selected as the "Athletic Trainer of the Year" for the Texas League by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in both 2012 and 2013. Olivas spent the 2009 and 2010 campaigns at short-season Spokane after eight years in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He served in the same capacity for Jacksonville, Vero Beach, Columbus, South Georgia and Great Falls.

Olivas held athletic training internships with both Atlanta and Tampa Bay, as well as for the Albuquerque Dukes. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2000 with a B.S. in athletic training. He and his wife, Toni, have two daughters, Mia and Emily.

 

Eric McMahon - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Eric McMahon returns for his second season with the Express, and his 10th within the Texas Rangers organization. Prior to joining the E-Train last season, McMahon spent the previous six years with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders. The 35-year-old was named "Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year" for the Texas League in 2012, 2014 and 2015 by the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society.

Prior to his time in Frisco, McMahon spent two years with High-A Bakersfield. He also spent three years within the Milwaukee Brewers system (2006-2008) and worked as an instructor at MLB's training facility in Tirrenia, Italy. McMahon is a 2004 graduate of St. Lawrence University, where he majored in biology and minored in exercise science. The Vermont native earned a graduate degree in exercise science from Springfield College in 2010.