Returning to the M-Braves in 2009 will be third-year manager Phillip Wellman and trainer Ricky Alcantara. New to the Braves will be pitching coach Marty Reed and coach Roosevelt Brown.
After guiding the M-Braves to their first playoff appearance in 2007 and their first Southern League Championship in 2008, Phillip Wellman returns to manage the Braves in 2008. He's compiled a 140-138 record over the past two seasons including the M-Braves first winning season in 2008 (73-66).
In Wellman's two-year stint as manager, the M-Braves have won two division titles and a Southern League Championship. After earning a playoff birth for the first time in 2007, the M-Braves went from worst-to-first in 2008 and before capturing their first Southern League Championship in a thrilling five-game series against the Carolina Mudcats.
After nine years as a pitching coach in the Dodgers' organization, three as the Minor League pitching coordinator, Marty Reed joins the Mississippi Braves as pitching coach in 2009. Between 1999 and 2008, Reed coached at each level of the Dodgers organization and served as the farm system's pitching coordinator for three years.
The southpaw was drafted by the California Angels in 1984 and pitched in the Angels' system for five seasons going 49-36. He earned a physical education degree from the University of Tampa where he also served as a coach from 1990-1996.
Joining Reed as newcomers to the Braves staff will be Mississippi native Roosevelt Brown. He was selected by the Braves in the 20th round of the 1993 Draft and spent four years in Atlanta's farm system. After moving on to the Cubs organization, Brown broke into the big leagues in 1999 and enjoyed a four-year big league career until 2002. The Vicksburg native rejoins the Braves organization as a coach in 2009.
Ricky Alcantara returns to the M-Braves in 2009 for his second straight season as the team's trainer. Alcantara is enjoying his third stop in the Braves' organization as he's previously worked for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and the Gulf Coast Braves.