Voyagers Announce 2019 Coaching Staff

By Great Falls Voyagers | January 15, 2019 4:14 PM

As baseball fans eagerly await the start of the 2019 season, the Voyagers look forward to welcoming back our Championship winning coaching staff.

The Voyagers are excited to announce the return of Tim Esmay, the manager who led the Voyagers to their Pioneer League Championship victory this past season. There will be a lot of familiar faces from our Championship winning team as John Ely  returns as the Pitching Coach, and Tyler Gniadek as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. The one new face in 2019 will be Hitting Coach Cameron Seitzer .

Esmay will be entering his fifth season in the Chicago White Sox organization. His first was as a manager for the Winston-Salem Dash in 2015. Prior to working for the Chicago White Sox, Esmay managed at Utah and Arizona State.

Ely is entering his third season in the White Sox organization and third with the Voyagers. Ely started his baseball career in Great Falls in 2007 after being selected in the third round of that year's draft. He pitched in 13 games and held a 6-1 record with a 3.86 ERA. He made his major league debut on April 28, 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His final year in the minors was in 2015.

Gniadek is also entering his third season in the White Sox system and third as conditioning coach with Great Falls. Prior to working with the Voyagers, Gniadek spent the 2016 season as the strength and conditioning coach with the Orem Owlz. Before that, he interned with the Colorado Rockies and Triple A sport consultants.

Hitting Coach Cameron Seitzer is entering his first year as a coach in the White Sox organization and Great Falls. In 2011 he was drafted as a first baseman by the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2016, he was signed by the White Sox and spent his 2018 season as a pitcher for the Winston-Salem Dash.

The Voyagers would also like to acknowledge some of our previous coaching staff members for their continued success in the White Sox organization: former Voyagers Manager and Hitting Coach, Charlie Poe; former Voyagers Hitting Coach, Justin Jirschele; former Voyagers Pitching Coach, Matt Zaleski; former Voyagers Manager, Ryan Newman; former Voyagers Manager, Cole Armstrong; and former Voyagers Hitting Coach, Gary Ward.

 

The following is a full list of all White Sox coaching changes for the 2019 season.

 

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTORS

Director of Player Development: Chris Getz

Field Coordinator: Doug Sisson

Director of Minor League Pitching Instruction: Kirk Champion

Assistant Pitching Coordinator: Everett Teaford

Assistant Pitching Coordinator: J.R. Perdew

Hitting Coordinator: Mike Gellinger

Hitting Analytics Instructor: Matt Lisle

Catching Coordinator: John Orton

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Aaron Rowand

Leadership and Development Coordinator: Ben Broussard

Strength and Conditioning Coordinator: Dale Torborg

Medical Coordinator: Scott Takao

Physical Therapist/Rehab Coordinator: Derek Garris

 

ASSISTANTS TO PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

Assistant, Player Development: Rafael Santana

Assistant, Player Development: Tommy Thompson

Assistant, Player Development: Graham Harboe

Rehab Pitching Coach: Brian Drahman

Education Coordinator: Erin Santana

Latin/Cultural Development Coordinator: Anthony Santiago

 

ARIZONA OPERATIONS

Facility Manager: Joe Lachcik

Minor League Clubhouse and Equipment Manager: Dan Flood

Assistant Minor League Clubhouse Manager: Bryant Biasotti

Assistant, Player Development: Rod Larson

Latin Education Assistant: Grant Flick

 

CLASS AAA CHARLOTTE

Manager: Mark Grudzielanek                        

Pitching Coach: Steve McCatty                                

Hitting Coach: Frank Menechino

Coach: Guillermo Quiroz

Trainer: Josh Fallin                                      

Conditioning: Shawn Powell                                      

 

CLASS AA BIRMINGHAM

Manager: Omar Vizquel                                

Pitching Coach: Richard Dotson                               

Hitting Coach: Charlie Poe

Coach: Wes Helms

Trainer: Corey Barton

Conditioning: Tim Rodmaker                   

 

CLASS A WINSTON-SALEM

Manager: Justin Jirschele

Pitching Coach: Matt Zaleski

Hitting Coach: Jamie Dismuke

Trainer: Hyeon Kim

Conditioning: George Timke

 

CLASS A KANNAPOLIS

Manager: Ryan Newman

Pitching Coach: José Bautista

Hitting Coach: Cole Armstrong

Coach: Ryan Johansen

Trainer: Joe Geck

Conditioning: Goldy Simmons

 

ADVANCED ROOKIE GREAT FALLS

Manager: Tim Esmay

Pitching Coach: John Ely

Hitting Coach: Cam Seitzer

Trainer: TBD

Conditioning: Tyler Gniadek

 

ARIZONA ROOKIE LEAGUE

Manager: Ever Magallanes

Pitching Coach: Felipe Lira

Hitting Coach: Gary Ward

Coach: Louis Silverio

Trainer: Scott Johnson

Conditioning: Daniel Cobian

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ACADEMY

Field Coordinator: Guillermo Reyes

Complex Operations Coordinator: Manuel Santana

Assistant, Administration: Carolina Santos

Manager: Ángel Rosario

Pitching Coach: Leo Hernández

Hitting Coach: Ángel González

Assistant Pitching Coach: José Brito

Assistant Hitting Coach: Charlie Romero

Outfield Coach: Julio Ramírez

Trainer: José Del Villar

Conditioning Coach: Pedro Gómez

 

Chicago White Sox Farm Director Chris Getz will be hosting a press conference for Chicago media members at 8am mountain time tomorrow. Anyone interested in dialing in can get that information by reaching out to Voyagers General Manager Scott Reasoner at Scott@gfvoyagers.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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