Brewers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the coaching staffs at Class-A Brevard County, Class-A Wisconsin, Rookie Helena and the Rookie Arizona League Brewers for the 2012 season. 

Joe Ayrault, who spent the last two seasons with Helena, will manage Brevard County for the 2012 season.  Pitching coach Fred Dabney will return to the Manatees for his eighth season with the Manatees and ninth with the organization.  Ned Yost IV will join the Manatees coaching staff after spending the previous three seasons with Helena.  A former player in the Brewers organization, Yost will enter his fourth year as a coach in the organization.  Tommy Craig will return as athletic trainer for Brevard County—his sixth season with the organization.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers coaching staff will remain the same in 2012.  Appleton native Matt Erickson will return for his second season as manager.  Pitching coach Chris Hook and athletic trainer Jeff Paxson will return to Wisconsin for their fourth and third seasons, respectively.  Dusty Rhodes will return for the second season of his second coaching stint with the Brewers organization.  Rhodes was also a coach in the organization from 1988 – 1991 and over all has over 40 years of combined coaching experience on the professional and collegiate level.

Jeff Isom was named manager of the Helena Brewers after spending last year at Brevard County.  Isom will enter his sixth season overall in the Brewers organization.  Isom previously managed Helena in 2007 where he led them to a 48-28 record while capturing the first-half title in the Pioneer League’s North Division.  He will be joined in Helena by Elvin Nina who will return to Helena for his fourth season as pitching coach.  Don Money will join the Helena staff as Special Instructor, Player Development and coach for 2012.  Money was the manager of the Brewers Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds for the previous three seasons and has managed in the Brewers farm system for 14 years.  Jimmy Gentry rounds out Helena’s staff and will serve as athletic trainer for his fourth season.

The Arizona Brewers will be again managed by Tony Diggs who will return for his fifth season as manager of the club.  The rest of Arizona’s coaching staff will remain the same as last year.  Steve Cline will return as pitching coach and will enter his 17th season with the organization, Kenny Dominguez will return for his fourth season as coach and Steve Patera will return for his second season as athletic trainer.

The coaching staffs of Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville were announced in September.