Dayton, Ohio – The Dayton Dragons announced their 2023 coaching staff today, as assigned by the Cincinnati Reds.
Todd Naskedov-Pitching Coach
Eric Richardson-Hitting Coach
Additionally, the Dragons announced that Josh Hobson will serve as the club’s athletic trainer in 2023 while Joel Canacoo will be the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Peterson Plaz will serve as performance coach. David Mandelberg will be the video and technology specialist.
LaHair managed the Dragons to a record of 67-61 in 2022 and will return for his second season in Dayton. The other three coaches will join the Dragons for the first time, though the staff is a veteran group with a combined 39 years of previous coaching experience at the professional level. Biographical information on each coach is listed below.
Former Major League all-star first baseman Bryan LaHair became the 11th manager in Dragons history when he joined the club in 2022. Under LaHair’s leadership last season, the Dragons posted a first half record of 39-27 to finish second in the Midwest League’s East Division, one game out of first place. The 2022 Dragons broke the club record for home runs in a season, leading the league with 152. The Dragons also narrowly missed leading the league in stolen bases, finishing with five fewer than the league leader despite playing four fewer games. Only one Midwest League team has led the circuit in both home runs and stolen bases since 1988. The 2022 Dragons also broke the franchise record for team fielding percentage and fewest errors in a season. Additionally in 2022, LaHair was instrumental in the development of infielder Elly De La Cruz, Cincinnati Reds Minor League Player of the Year, and one of three finalists for Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year award.
The 2023 season will be LaHair’s sixth year as a coach or manager in the Reds organization. He served as manager with the Reds affiliate in the Arizona Complex League in 2021 and was the manager at Billings in 2019. He had been slated to return to Billings as manager in 2020 before the season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. LaHair opened his coaching career as the Billings hitting coach in 2018. In his three seasons as a manager in the Reds system, LaHair has posted a record of 139-124 (.529).
LaHair played professionally for 14 seasons from 2003-14 and 2016-17,…