10:28 pm - Sunday September 24, 2017

Sky Sox Announce 2015 Coaching Staff‏

With the dawn of an exciting era of baseball in
Colorado Springs set to begin, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Tuesday
that Rick Sweet has been named the new manager of the Sky Sox for the
2015 season. Joining Sweet on the coaching staff will be pitching
coach Fred Dabney, coach Bob Skube, athletic trainer Aaron Hoback and
strength & conditioning coach Andrew Emmick.



“The Sky Sox are excited to welcome manager Rick Sweet to Colorado
Springs as we begin our first season as the top affiliate of the
Milwaukee Brewers,” said Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony
Ensor. “As one of the winningest managers in the minor leagues, Sweet
brings tremendous leadership, experience and a familiarity with the
Pacific Coast League to this role with the Sky Sox. In Fred Dabney and
Bob Skube, we’re also getting two tremendous coaches with proven track
records in the Brewers organization. This is an exciting day for our
fans and we’re looking forward to a great season in 2015.”



Sweet, 62, becomes the 15th manager in Sky Sox history. The 2015
season will be his second in the Brewers organization after leading
Triple-A Nashville to a record of 77-67 last year. Sweet spent the
previous nine seasons in the Reds organization as manager of the
Louisville Bats (2005-11) and as the Reds’ catching coordinator
(2012-13).



The 2015 season marks his 25th year as a minor-league manager, a
managerial career that dates back to 1987. As one of the most
successful managers in the game, he owns a 1,665-1587 (.512) career
record while his 1,665 wins rank sixth-most among active minor league
managers entering the upcoming season.



During Sweet’s stint in Louisville from 2005-11, he became the
franchise’s all-time winningest manager with a 539-465 (.537) record.
From 2008-10 his Bats won three straight International League West
Division championships. He was named International League Manager of
the Year in 2008 and 2009 and was Baseball America’s 2010 Triple-A
Manager of the Year. He was also recognized as Pacific Coast League
Manager of the Year in 1994 while with Triple-A Tucson.



Sweet is a three-time Triple-A All-Star Game manager, having received
the honor twice in the PCL with Tucson (1993) and Portland (2003), as
well as with Louisville in the IL in 2009.



“I’ve been coming to Colorado Springs as a visiting manager since 1993
and one thing that’s always stood out has been the tremendous fan
support,” said Sweet. “Our staff and players will be active members in
the community and fans will be proud of how we go about our business
and how we play on the field. We’re very excited to be here and
thrilled to be a part of the Sky Sox.”



Sweet previously managed in the Seattle (1987-88), Houston (1989-95),
New York - NL (1997), Montreal (1998, 2000), San Diego (2001-03) and
Detroit (2004) minor league systems. He also served with the Astros as
first base coach in 1996 and with the Expos as field coordinator from
1999-2000.



The former catcher had a nine-year playing career (1975-83) including
three seasons in the majors with San Diego (1978), New York - NL
(1982) and Seattle (1982-83). Following his playing days, Sweet became
bullpen catcher for the Mariners (1984) and then spent the next two
years as an advanced scout with Seattle (1985-86).



Bob Skube, 57, begins his third season as a coach in the Brewers
organization and his first in Colorado Springs. Prior to joining the
Brewers, he spent six seasons as a hitting coach in the San Diego
Padres organization with Class-A Fort Wayne (2007), Rookie Peoria
(2008-09), Class-A Lake Elsinore (2010) and Triple-A Tucson (2011-12).
Before joining the Padres he worked in the Texas Rangers organization
for two seasons as hitting coach at Class-A Bakersfield (2005) and as
a manager of the rookie-level Arizona Rangers in 2006.



Skube was selected by the Brewers in the 13th round of the 1979 draft
and played seven seasons as an outfielder/first baseman in the
organization. He was named California League Rookie of the Year in the
1982-83 seasons, batting .250 with nine RBI. Prior to his professional
career, Skube attended the University of Southern California from
1975-79, winning MVP honors for the Trojans in 1977 and helping lead
USC to a national championship in 1978.



Fred Dabney, 47, begins his first season as pitching coach for the Sky
Sox and 12th overall season with the Brewers. He joined the
organization as pitching coach at Class-A Huntsville in 2004, spent
seven seasons in the same capacity at Brevard County from 2005-11 and
spent the last three seasons with Triple-A Nashville as their pitching
coach. During the 2010 season, Dabney served as interim bullpen coach
for the Brewers from April 23 to May 23. He took the place of Stan
Kyles, who underwent surgery in April. Prior to joining the Brewers,
Dabney spent five seasons as a pitching coach in the Texas Rangers
organization with the Rookie GCL Rangers (1999), Class-A Savannah
(2000), Class-A Charlotte (2001-02) and Class-A Stockton (2003). While
with Charlotte, he coached in the Florida State League All-Star Game
both seasons. His staff posted a league-best 3.40 ERA in 2002 and
ranked third with a 3.37 ERA in 2001.



Dabney played nine minor league seasons as a pitcher with Chicago-AL
(1988-93), Cleveland (1994) and Chicago-NL (1995-96) and finished his
career in Taiwan (1997). He was originally chosen by the White Sox in
the 15th round of the 1988 draft after attending Seminole (OK) Junior
College.



Aaron Hoback enters his ninth season as an athletic trainer in the
Brewers organization and his first with the Sky Sox. He previously
served in the same capacity with Triple-A Nashville (2013-14),
Double-A Huntsville (2010-12), Class-A Wisconsin (2009) and Rookie
Level Helena (2007-08).



Andrew Emmick begins his first campaign with the Sky Sox and enters
his seventh season with the Brewers organization. He served in the
same role for Triple-A Nashville from 2010-2014 and Double-A
Huntsville in 2009. Prior to joining the Brewers, Emmick spent three
seasons in the Angels organization as strength and conditioning coach
with Class-A Cedar Rapids (2006), Rookie level Tempe (2007) and
Triple-A Salt Lake (2008).



A new era of Sky Sox Baseball begins April 9, 2015. For information
about the Sky Sox and the 2015 season at Security Service Field,
please call (719) 597-1449 or email info@skysox.com. Get the latest
Sky Sox news online at www.skysox.com, like us on Facebook or follow
the team on Twitter at @skysox.



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