Five former Tides showed up on the list when the International League announced the coaching staffs for each of the 14 teams. Joe McEwing Jr. and Rick Sweet headlined the group with McEwing taking over as the field manager for the Charlotte Knights and Sweet being retained as the field manager for the Louisville Bats.
McEwing Jr. served two stints with the Tides and hit a combined.263 with 6 HR's and 21 RBI in 48 games played between the 2000 and 2003 seasons. The former infielder spent the past two seasons managing the Chicago White Sox Single-A club in Winston-Salem and holds a career managerial record of 154-123.
Sweet, who is 466-394 in six seasons with the Bats, played for the Tides in 1981. Primarily playing catcher and third base for the Tides, Sweet hit .277 with 4 HRs and 55 RBI in his lone season with the club. Sweet has a career managerial record of 1629-1569 while managing 12 teams in 23 years.
In addition, former Tides pitchers Neil Allen and Tom Filer will take over as pitching coaches for the Durham Bulls and Indianapolis Indians, respectively. Allen went 2-7 with a 4.42 ERA in 10 starts for the Tides during the 1978 season. Filer was a combined 3-17 with a 3.34 ERA in 40 appearances for the Tides between 1992 and 1993.
Former Tides teammates Lee May Jr. and Rich Sauveur were both retained by their respective clubs as well. May Jr., who will return as the hitting coach for the Columbus Clippers, hit .227 with 2 HR's and 23 RBI in 116 games for the Tides between 1991 and 1992. Sauveur, who will return as the pitching coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox, was 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA 42 appearances with the Tides in 1991.
As previously announced, Gary Allenson will return for a second stint as manager of the Norfolk Tides in 2011. Allenson's was the Tides manager from 2007 until last June when he took over as the Orioles third base coach. Mike Griffin will also return for his third season as pitching coach while Brad Komminsk will take over as the team's hitting coach. Mark Shires will return as the team's trainer.
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