Alumni Update: Revolution coaching tree
Clearly the tutelage of the three managers in Revolution history (Chris Hoiles, Andy Etchebarren and Mark Mason) has rubbed off on several former York players. 11 former Revs, spanning all three managerial eras currently hold professional or Division I college coaching positions. One is already a minor league manager just an off-season removed from playing, while another is working in the Majors. Three Rev alums are currently coaching in the Class A Midwest League.
1B Chad Tracy (2013-2014): After retiring as a player following a 2014 season in which he led the Atlantic League in RBI with 97, Tracy was immediately hired by the Angels to manage their Class A affiliate in the Midwest League, the Burlington (IA) Bees. Tracy has his new club off to a good start; as of April 29 Burlington had a record of 12-7, and was just a game out of first in their division. Managing runs in the Tracy family and Chad essentially grew up in a Major League clubhouse; his father Jim managed the Dodgers, Pirates and Rockies between 2001 and 2012.
LHP Alain Quijano (2014): Quijano joined Tracy in moving right from the Revolution roster to a coaching position. This season he’ll be the pitching coach for the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association; their regular season begins on May 21. It should be a seamless transition for Quijano; he pitched for the RailCats in 2013 before his lone season as a Rev. He also played in Gary in 2011.
RHP Nick Green (2013): After wrapping his playing career last season for the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, Green has taken a job as a pitching coach with the Boston Red Sox, and will be working primarily with first-year pros in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League.
INF Joe Thurston (2012): Thurston joined Green in the Red Sox organization, and is currently the hitting coach for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs in the Eastern League. The veteran of seven Major League seasons (Dodgers, Phillies, Red Sox, Cardinals and Marlins) between 2002 and 2011 played his final two seasons in the Mexican League before retiring in this past off-season.
OF Scott Grimes (2010-2012): Grimes has been a part of the coaching staff at LaSalle University (Atlantic 10 Conference) since the 2010 Atlantic League Player of The Year finished out his career with the Revolution after three seasons in York. The Philadelphia-area native (Kennett Square, PA) has since been promoted, and is now the Explorer’s hitting coach in his third season at the school.
INF Liu Rodriguez (2009-2012): After joining the Milwaukee Brewers minor league coaching staff before the 2014 season, working primarily with Rookie-ball level players last year in the Arizona League, Rodriguez is now the hitting coach for Milwaukee’s Class A affiliate in the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
INF Vince Harrison (2010-2011): After winning Atlantic League Championship Series MVP honors as the Revolution dispatched the Long Island Ducks three games to one in 2011 to win it all, Harrison traded in his spikes for turfs and became a minor league hitting coach in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization for the Class A West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League in 2012. His brother, Josh Harrison, is currently Pittsburgh’s MLB third baseman. Vince then moved on to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he served as hitting coach for the Missoula (MT) Osprey in the Rookie-level Pioneer League last season. This season, he’s been promoted in Arizona’s system to the Class A Kane County (IL) Cougars of the Midwest League.
DH Jose Herrera (2010-2011): One of the most popular players in Revolution history will serve as the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals Dominican Summer League affiliate (Rookie ball) for a second straight season in 2015. It’s a natural fit for the former Oakland Athletic, tutoring very young first and second year professionals in his native country.
C Octavio Martinez (2011): On the other end of the Nationals coaching spectrum, former Revs backstop Octavio Martinez is in his third season as a member of Washington’s Major League coaching staff, as bullpen catcher.
INF Chuck Jeroloman (2010): The former Revolution shortstop, who led the Atlantic League in doubles his final year as a player for York, went into collegiate coaching in 2011 with TCU, spending two seasons there as an assistant. By 2013 Jeroloman joined the program at Division I Jacksonville University in his native Florida (Atlantic Sun Conference), where he’s the top associate coach and the program’s recruiting coordinator.
INF Keoni DeRenne (2007-2009): Coincidentally, Harrison’s successor as hitting coach at Class A West Virginia with the Pirates was DeRenne, another fan favorite and the Revolution Community Player of the Year in the inaugural 2007 season. DeRenne joined the Pittsburgh minor league coaching ranks following the 2011 season, after he retired as a player out of the Phillies organization in 2010. 2015 is DeRenne’s second season as hitting coach with the Power, and has held several coaching and managing positions with the Pirates in the lower levels of the minors.