Voyagers Announce Coaching Staff for 2018

Tim Esmay returning as Manager again for the upcoming season

By Great Falls Voyagers | January 16, 2018 1:39 PM ET

The Voyagers are excited to announce the coaching staff for the 2018 season. There will be a lot of familiar faces in 2018 as Tim Esmay returns for his second season as the Manager of the Voyagers. Also, John Ely returns as the Pitching Coach, Eric Richardson as the Hitting Coach. and Tyler Gniadek as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. The one new face in 2018 will be Athletic Trainer Hyeon Kim.

Esmay will be entering his fourth 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 second season in the White Sox organization in 2018 and second 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.

Richardson will also be entering his second season with the White Sox organization and second with the Voyagers. He played for the White Sox in their minor league system from 1991-1995. He played all positions in the outfield during his time as a minor league player.

The following is a full list of all coaching changes for the 2018 season.

 

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT INSTRUCTORS

Director of Player Development: Chris Getz

Field Coordinator: Doug Sisson

Director of Minor League Pitching Instruction: Kirk Champion

Hitting Coordinator: Mike Gellinger

Infield Coordinator: Vance Law

Catching Coordinator: John Orton

Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Aaron Rowand

Camp Coordinator: Tommy Thompson

Quality Control Coach: Everett Teaford

Leadership Development Coordinator: Ben Broussard

Assistant, Player Development: Rafael Santana

Pitching Assistant: J.R. Perdew

Rehab Pitching Coach: Brian Drahman

Education Coordinator: Erin Santana

Conditioning Coordinator: Dale Torborg

Minor League Medical/Rehabilitation Coordinator: Scott Takao

Physical Therapist: Derrik Garris

Latin/Cultural Development Coordinator: Anthony Santiago

 

 

CLASS AAA CHARLOTTE

Manager: Mark Grudzielanek                        

Pitching Coach: Steve McCatty                                

Hitting Coach: Andy Tomberlin

Coach: Garey Ingram            

Trainer: James Kruk                                      

Conditioning: Shawn Powell                                      

 

CLASS AA BIRMINGHAM

Manager: Julio Viñas             

Pitching Coach: Richard Dotson                               

Hitting Coach: Cole Armstrong

Trainer: Corey Barton

Conditioning: Tim Rodmaker                   

 

CLASS A WINSTON-SALEM

Manager: Omar Vizquel                                

Pitching Coach: Matt Zaleski

Hitting Coach: Charlie Poe

Coach: Guillermo Quiroz

Trainer: Josh Fallin                                     

Conditioning: George Timke

 

CLASS A KANNAPOLIS

Manager: Justin Jirschele

Pitching Coach: José Bautista

Hitting Coach: Jamie Dismuke

Trainer: Joe Geck

Conditioning: Goldy Simmons

 

ADVANCED ROOKIE GREAT FALLS

Manager: Tim Esmay

Pitching Coach: John Ely

Hitting Coach: Eric Richardson

Trainer: Hyeon Kim

Conditioning: Tyler Gniadek

 

ARIZONA ROOKIE LEAGUE

Manager: Ryan Newman

Pitching Coach: Felipe Lira

Hitting Coach: Gary Ward

Trainer: Scott Johnson

Conditioning: Daniel Cobian

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ACADEMY

Academy Supervisor: Ever Magallanes

Complex Operations Coordinator: Manuel Santana

Field Coordinator: Guillermo Reyes

Manager: Julio Valdez

Pitching Coach: Leo Hernández

Hitting Coach: Ángel González

Assistant Pitching Coach: José Brito

Catching Coach: Ángel Rosario

Outfield Coach: Julio Ramírez

Trainer: TBD

Conditioning Coach: Pedro Gómez

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

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