Coaching Career: Enters his 29th season in professional baseball, all spent in the Red Sox organization ... Has been a part of 4 World Series titles as a bullpen catcher (2004), advance scout (2007), bullpen coach (2013), and pitching coach (2018) ... Begins his 7th season on the Sox' ML coaching staff, his 2nd as pitching coach...Named to the position on 11/8/17 ... Also assists in all facets of the club's advance scouting efforts ... Became the 1st person to be named Red Sox pitching coach having never pitched professionally since Mike Roarke in 1994...Is the 1st former Sox farmhand to serve as the club's pitching coach since Dave Wallace (2003-06) ... During the Red Sox' 2018 World Series championship season, club pitchers ranked 3rd in the AL with a 3.75 ERA...They held opponents to a .237 AVG, the club's lowest mark in the Live Ball Era (previous: .239 in 1967) ... The Sox earned 14 shutout victories in 2018, tied for 2nd-most in the AL and the club's most since 2008 (16) ... Red Sox pitchers struck out 18+ batters in a 9.0-inning game 3 times in 2018; the rest of MLB combinedto record 5 such games ... Prior to 2018, spent the previous 5 seasons as the Red Sox' bullpen coach (2013-17)...Was also the club'scatching coordinator during that time ... From 9/1/16 through the 2017 season, Red Sox relievers led the majors with a 2.97 ERA (203 ER/615.1 IP) in 185 games (source: Elias) ... In 2017, the Red Sox bullpen posted a 3.15 ERA (186 ER/531.0 IP), the 2nd-lowest mark in MLB and the club's lowest mark since 2007 (3.10) ... Closer Craig Kimbrel won the Red Sox' 1st Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award in 2017 ... From 2014-17, BOS catchers ranked 2nd in MLB with a caught stealing rate of 31.6% (130 CCS, 282 SB) ... BOS catchers caught 34.4% of attempted thefts in 2016 and 36.5% in 2017, the 2 highest single-season rates by Red Sox backstops since 1987 ... From 2014-17, the Red Sox allowed the 2nd-fewest stolen bases in the AL (282) ... Was named interim bench coach for the Red Sox under interim manager Torey Lovullo on 8/19/15 while John Farrell was on medical leave ... Served on the coaching staff for the 2014 AL All-Stars ... Spent 7 seasons from 2006-12 as a major league advance scout for the Red Sox ... Served as a pro scout for the Sox in 2005...Held the position of bullpen catcher for 8 years from 1997-2004.
Playing Career: Played 6 seasons as a catcher in the Red Sox minor league system...Reached the Triple-A level in 1995-96. Selected by BOS in the 14th round of the 1991 June Draft and made his professional debut with Short-A Elmira in the New York-Penn League.
Personal: Full name is Dana Alan LeVangie ... Married to Traci...The couple has a son, Liam (18), and daughter, Avery (15) ... Graduated in 1987 from Whitman-Hanson (MA) High School, where he also played football and wrestled ... Attended Cape Cod Community College (1987-89) and American International College in Springfield, MA (1989-91)...Hit .473 (13 HR, 87 RBI) his senior year ... Named the 1991 Division II Northeast Player of the Year ... Played in the 1991 New England College All-Star Game at Fenway Park ... Is a member of the AIC Athletic Hall of Fame ... In 2011, was elected to the Northeast-10 Baseball Hall of Fame ... On 1/31/19, was inducted into the Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame ... In the Community: Has volunteered at several events that benefit the Red Sox Foundation during his time in Boston ... Took part in clinics at both JetBlue Park and Fenway Park in 2018, as well as kids clinics in January 2019 as part of Winter Weekend.