The Washington Nationals have announced that Matt LeCroy is returning as manager of the Harrisburg Senators. Joining LeCroy on the 2018 Senators staff and returning for a third straight season as the hitting coach is Brian Rupp. Joining the Senators for the first time is Michael Tejera, pitching coach. Rounding out the staff are T.D. Swinford, trainer and RJ Guyer, strength and conditioning coach.
LeCroy embarks on his third consecutive season as the manager of the Senators and fifth overall, having guided the Sens in 2012 & 2013. Before this stint as the Sens manager, he was the bullpen coach for the Washington Nationals in 2014 & 2015. Overall this is his 10th consecutive season as a coach in the Nationals organization. He joined the Nationals organization as the manager of the Hagerstown Suns in 2009.
Matt spent parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues with Minnesota (2000-2005 & 2007) and Washington (2006). He batted .260 with 68 doubles, 60 home runs, 218 RBI in 476 games. He batted .269 in 10 postseason games with the Twins. He was selected 50th overall by the Twins out of Clemson University in the 1997 draft. He resides in Belton, SC with his wife Holly and their five children.
Tejera enters his eighth season as a pitching coach in the Nationals organization and first with the Senators. His previous seven seasons have been spent in the Gulf Coast League. He was selected to be the pitching coach for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League after the 2017 season. He spent parts of six seasons in the major leagues, four with the Marlins and two with the Rangers. He is originally from Cuba having defected in 1994 as a 17-year-old. He currently lives in Miami, FL with his wife Michelle and their two children.
Rupp enters his seventh season in the Nationals organization and third consecutive as the Senators hitting coach. Before joining the Senators, he was the hitting coach for Potomac in 2014 & 2015. He managed the P-Nats in 2012, his first season in the Nationals organization. Before joining the Nats organization, he worked in the Royals organization for eight years. He earned the 2008 Dick Howser Award, given annually to the Royals' top minor league manager. Brian is married and resides in Florissant, MO with his wife Stacie and son Andrew.
Swinford begins his eighth season in the Nationals organization and first with the Senators. Following the 2015 season, he worked for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Prior to joining the Nationals organization, he worked in Baltimore's organization for seven seasons. T.D. graduated from McKendree (IL) College in 2003 with a degree in athletic training and physical education.
Guyer is in his fifth season in the Nationals organization and second with the Senators. Before joining the Senators, he was with Hagerstown and Auburn. Before joining the Nationals organization, he spent nearly two years as a special assistant to the director in the Arizona Fall League. He was also an associate scout with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011 to 2014.
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