Kieran Mattison | Manager
Playing & Coaching Career
Kieran Mattison will lead the 2019 Bristol Pirates in his first year with the team and fourth as a member of the Pittsburgh system. Mattison from Anderson, SC began his career in professional baseball in 2002. The right-handed pitcher spent time with the Royals, Indians and Dodgers organizations in their minor league systems. Mattison pitched for nine seasons combined in the minors and independent leagues from 2002-2010, where he compiled a career 39-22 record over 548 1/3 innings and a 3.57 ERA in minor league baseball. After his time as head coach of the French Baseball National Team in 2013, Mattison spent 2016 as a coach with the GCL Pirates before being named the DSL Pirates manager in 2017, where Mattison and the team went 36-34. In 2018, Mattison was named manager of the West Virginia Black Bears, compiling a 32-44 win-loss record.
Jonathan Prieto | Hitting Coach
Jonathan Prieto is also serving in his first year as hitting coach for the Bristol Pirates. Prieto played four seasons as a second baseman in the Pirates system from 1998 to 2001. In over 322 career games, Prieto hit .249 with three home runs, 100 RBI and 61 stolen bases. As a member of the Lynchburg Hillcats in 200, Prieto led the Carolina League second basemen with 77 double plays turned. Prieto has been a coach in the Pirates' system since 2010, spending time with the VSL PIrates, DSL Pirates and Jamestown Jammers before serving as the Black Bears' hitting coach for the last four seasons.
Eric Minshall | Pitching Coach
Eric Minshall will spend his first year in the Pirates organization as the pitching coach for Bristol. A native if Ohio, Minshall joins the organiation after 20 years of coaching throughout the Midwest. He has spent the past five seasons as the pitching coach for Miami University Hamilton in Mamilton, Ohio. Minshall has helped lead the Harriers to 170 wins, an overall team ERA of 4.15 during his time at the college and three-straight Ohio Regional Campus Conference titles from 2016 to 2018.
Matt McNamee | Athletic Trainer
Born June 12, 1992 in Bronx, NY...Resides in Bradenton, FL...Is in his first season with the Bristol Pirates...Spent the 2018 season with the DSL Pirates...Joined the Pittsburgh Pirates organization after serving a year and a half at St. Edward's University in Austin, TX, as an ATC and Instructor in the Kinesiology Department...Was a graduate assistant ATC at Texas State University covering track and field and cross country...Was also a teacher in the department of Human Health and Performance while pursuing his Master's of Science degree in Athletic Training...Obtained his bachelor of science degree in athletic training with a minor in health from Castleton State College in Castleton, VT, in 2014. Parents Shaun McHugh and Kathleen Slattery reside in New York with his 4 younger brothers and 2 sisters.