PERSONAL: Is married to Polly…has seven children. Attended the University of Tennessee, where he was an All-American baseball player…was named to Tennessee's All-Century Team in 2009…was the Vols' starting quarterback for two seasons (1982 and '83) and helped lead the Vols to a Citrus Bowl victory over Maryland-and quarterback Boomer Esiason-in 1983…was the first-ever true freshman to start at quarterback at Tennessee before having season-ending knee surgery. Graduated in 1981 from Parkwood High School in Joplin, Mo., where he played baseball, basketball and football.
MANAGING/COACHING CAREER: Begins his second season as the Yankees' hitting coach after being appointed to the role on 11/2/15…spent the 2015 season as the club's assistant hitting coach, becoming the first person to hold the position for the team at the Major League level…was named to the post on 1/12/15…served as a roving hitting coordinator in the Diamondbacks organization, holding the position from 2011-13. In 2016, helped three players record their first career 20HR seasons (Castro, Gregorius and Sánchez). In 2015, Yankees batters ranked second in the Majors in runs scored (764) and were fourth in home runs (212)…marked their highest totals in each category since 2012 (804R and a franchise-record 245HR)…also ranked third in the AL-and fourth in the Majors-with a .421 slugging percentage. Is his fourth stint as a member of a Major League coaching staff, having also served as hitting coach for Colorado (2002 and '07-08) and Seattle (2009-10)…in 2007, the National League-champion Rockies led the NL in batting average (.280), hits (1,591) and on-base percentage (.354). Was a minor league roving hitting coordinator for Colorado in 2001 and '02 and hitting coach for their Triple-A affiliate from 2003-06…served as manager for short-season Single-A Portland in 1999 and Single-A Salem in 2000.
PLAYING CAREER: Was selected by San Francisco as the ninth overall selection in the 1984 First-Year Player Draft. As a minor league outfielder, played in 1,414 career games from 1984-96 and batted .278 (1,322-for-4,760). Made his Major League debut with the Rockies in 1996, playing in nine games and batting .250 (2-for-8) in his final professional playing season…made his Major League debut on 9/7/96 at the Astrodome, pinch-hitting against Houston's Billy Wagner (strikeout)…collected his first career hit with a pinch-hit double off Tom Glavine on 9/10/96 vs. Atlanta.