MIKE RABELO - MANAGER
Mike Rabelo joins the SeaWolves in 2019 as the 17th manager in team history. He is the second consecutive Erie skipper to have both played for the team and been named manager. Rabelo played parts of three seasons (2004-06) with the SeaWolves.
Rabelo spent the 2018 season managing Class-A Lakeland, his eighth year in the Tigers organization and fifth as a manager. He led the Flying Tigers to a 72-61 record and second place finish in the Florida State League North Division. He was the 2017 Midwest League Manager of the Year and helped guide West Michigan to a league-leading 91 wins, marking the second time in the 24-year history of the team where they've won 90-plus games.
He previously spent three seasons as the manager at Single-A Connecticut, leading the team to the playoffs in 2014 in his first year as a manager at any level.
Prior to his manager role, Rabelo served as a coach with Single-A Connecticut for two seasons (2012-13). He served as a coach with the Gulf Coast League Tigers during the 2011 season, marking his first professional coaching assignment.
Rabelo played professionally for 10 seasons after being selected by the Tigers in the fourth round of the 2001 draft. He saw action at the Minor League level with both the Tigers (2001-06, 2010) and Florida Marlins (2008-09). Rabelo spent parts of three seasons at the Major League level with the Tigers (2006-07) and Marlins (2008) seeing action in 86 games.
BRIAN HARPER - HITTING COACH
Brian Harper joins the SeaWolves in 2019 to serve as hitting coach. Harper is in his third season in the Tigers organization after spending the previous two as the hitting coach for Triple-A Toledo.
Prior to joining the Tigers, Harper previously served as hitting coach for fourth seasons with Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization. He spent six total seasons in the Cubs organization, managing Single-A Daytona in 2012 and Double-A Tennessee in 2011. He led Tennessee to the Southern League championship round in 2011.
In addition to the Cubs, Harper also managed in the Angels (2001-07) and Giants (2010) organizations. The former catcher played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues (1979-95). He owned a .295 career batting average with 63 home runs and 423 RBI in 1,001 games with the California Angels (1979, 81) Pirates (1982-84), Cardinals (1985), Tigers (1986), Athletics (1987, 1995), Twins (1988-94) and Brewers (1994).
MARK JOHNSON - PITCHING COACH
Mark Johnson joins the SeaWolves in 2019 to serve as pitching coach. Johnson is the first former SeaWolves pitcher to be named the team's pitching coach. He pitched parts of three seasons (2002-03, 2005) with Erie.
2019 will be Johnsons 13th season with the Tigers organization. He has served as the Lakeland pitching coach the past two seasons. Prior to his time with the Flying Tigers, Johnson served in the same role with Class-A West Michigan (2008-12, 2015-16) Class-A Connecticut (2013-14) and Class-A Oneonta (2007).
Johnson was a first round selection by the Houston Astros in the 1996 June draft. He pitched nine seasons with the Astros (1997), Florida Marlins (1998), New York Yankees (1999), Tigers (2000-03, 2005) Milwaukee Brewers (2002) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2004) organizations. Johnson's lone Major League experience was nine appearances during the 2000 season with the Tigers.
SANTIAGO GARRIDO - COACH
Santiago Garrido returns to the SeaWolves staff as a coach for the second consecutive season. Garrido pitched for 10 seasons in the minor leagues before becoming a coach.
Garrido pitched for parts of two seasons with the SeaWolves in 2016-17, appearing in 27 games. In addition to his two years with the Tigers organization, he spent seven seasons in the Kansas City Royals system and one season in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
Garrido is a native of Higuey, Dominican Republic and was originally signed by the Royals as an undrafted free agent on January 26, 2007.
T.J. OBERGEFELL - ATHLETIC TRAINER
T.J. Obergefell returns to the SeaWolves staff as the Athletic Trainer for his third season with the club. Obergefell has been with the Tigers organization as an Athletic Trainer for 11 seasons. Prior to his time with the SeaWolves, he served in the same capacity with Class-A West Michigan (2014-2016), Class-A Lakeland (2013), Class-A Connecticut (2011-2012), Gulf Coast League Tigers (2010) and Class-A Oneonta (2009). In 2012, Obergefell was also selected to represent the Detroit Tigers as the organizations Athletic Trainer in the Arizona Fall League and was named New York-Penn League Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Obergefell completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training from the State University of New York, College at Brockport in 2007 and went on to complete his Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University in 2009. He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is licensed to practice Athletic Training in Pennsylvania, Florida and Indiana. He holds the National Academy of Sports Medicines Certification, Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. A native of Oneonta, New York, T.J. currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana with his wife Traci.