2018 Idaho Falls Chukars Coaching Staff
Idaho Falls, ID - The Kansas City Royals have announced the 2018 coaching staff for the Idaho Falls Chukars. The Chukars are pleased to announce that manager Omar Ramirez will return to the team, as he enters his tenth season as a member of the Kansas City Royals organization. Ramirez led the Chukars to its last Pioneer League Championship in 2013. Ramirez has spent the last three seasons with Burlington (2017) and Lexington (2015-16).
Pitching coach Jeff Suppan will return for his fourth year in Idaho Falls. Suppan previously coached at the high school level in California after retiring from a 17-year career in the MLB. During his MLB career, Suppan won 140 games and was named the 2006 NLCS MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals en route to a World Series Championship that season.
The Chukars will have another familiar face on the coaching staff, as Damon Hollins will return to Idaho Falls as hitting coach and also as an assistant outfield, base running, and bunting coordinator. Hollins was the hitting coach for the Chukars in 2013 and 2014, where he helped the Chukars claim the 2013 Pioneer League Championship. This will be Hollins's eighth season as a member of the Kansas City Royals organization. Rounding out the staff is head athletic trainer Justin Kemp, who will return to Idaho Falls for his third season.
Idaho Falls President/GM Kevin Greene commented on the 2018 coaching staff: "We welcome back Omar Ramirez, the manager who brought us our last championship in 2013. He along with a great supporting coaching staff of Jeff and Damon should make for a fun season of baseball in Idaho Falls. We look forward to making another playoff run in 2018."
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