Joining Schofield on the Dragons 2016 coaching staff will be pitching coach Derrin Ebert, hitting coach Luis Bolivar, catching coach Corky Miller, trainer Andrew Cleves, and strength/conditioning coach Josh Petchel.
Schofield was a shortstop in the Major Leagues from 1983-1996, leading his league in fielding percentage four times. His MLB debut came with the California Angels at the age of 20 in 1983 and he remained with the club for 10 seasons. He also played for the New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, and Los Angeles Dodgers before returning to the Angels to close out his big league career. He was known as one of baseball's best bunters, finishing in the top 10 in sacrifices seven times.
Schofield finished 22nd in the American League Most Valuable Player voting in 1986 with the Angels as the club advanced to the A.L. Championship Series before losing to Boston in one of the most famous playoff sets of the 1980's. Schofield belted a home run in game three of the 1986 ALCS against Boston's Oil Can Boyd and batted .300 in the series.
Schofield is part of a three-generation Major League family, one of only five known in baseball history. His father, Ducky Schofield, played in the Major Leagues from 1953-1971. His nephew, Jayson Werth, has been an active big league player since 2002 and has spent the last five seasons with the Washington Nationals (Note: The Bell, Boone, Coleman, and Hairston families are the other three-generation MLB families). Schofield was the Angels first round draft pick and the third overall selection in the draft in 1981. He is a native of Springfield, Illinois and now makes his home in St. Louis, Missouri.
In Schofield's first season as a manager in the Reds organization in 2014, he guided Billings to a 41-35 record and the Pioneer League title. He returned to Billings in 2015 and won the North Division Second Half title to again reach the playoffs. Many of the players from the 2015 Billings team are expected to play in Dayton in 2016.
Ebert, 39, joins the Dragons as pitching coach after filling the same role with Billings for the past two seasons. Under Ebert's guidance, Mustangs pitchers led the Pioneer League in team earned run average in both 2014 and '15. Ebert pitched professionally from 1994-2005, appearing briefly in the Major Leagues with the Atlanta Braves in 1999. Ebert reached double-figures in victories in three consecutive seasons in the Braves organization from 1995-'97. Ebert is a native of Anaheim, California and now lives in Litchfield Park, Arizona. He is a graduate of Arizona State University. Ebert appeared in the 2011 movie, Moneyball.
Bolivar (BULL-uh-varr) will return to the Dragons in 2016 for his third year with the club after serving in the same role in 2014 and '15. The 2016 season will be Bolivar's fifth year as a coach in the Reds organization. He played for the Dragons in 2003-'04 and represented the team in the 2004 Midwest League All-Star Game. He spent nine years in the Minor Leagues as a player and gained experience at every level of the Reds organization. Bolivar, 34, resides in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia.
Miller returns to the Dragons after beginning his coaching career in 2015. Just as he did in 2015, Miller is scheduled to work with Dragons catchers during home series and travel to other Reds affiliates when the Dragons go on the road.
Miller, 39, completed a 17-year professional playing career in 2014. On August 31, 2014, he became the first player in the history of the Triple-A Louisville Bats to have his number retired by the club. He is the Bats all-time career leader in games played, first appearing in a game with Louisville in 2001.
Miller spent parts of 11 years in the Major Leagues, mostly with the Reds. He also played for the Braves, White Sox, Twins, and Red Sox. He made his big league debut with the Reds in 2001 and played in his final Major League game in 2013 at age 37, becoming the oldest Reds player to start a game at catcher since 1951. He was originally signed by the Reds as an undrafted free agent in 1998.
The Dragons open their 17th season in the Midwest League on April 7 in Bowling Green, Kentucky against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The home opener at Fifth Third Field is Saturday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. against Bowling Green. Call the Dragons at (937) 228-2287 for information on season tickets, group outings, party decks, or luxury suites.