Fran Riordan will return as manager of the Beloit Snappers in 2016, the Oakland Athletics announced Monday.
Riordan spent 14 years managing in independent leagues (mostly in the Frontier League) before he joined the A’s organization in 2014. This year was his first at the helm of the Snappers.
Riordan will have a new coaching staff in 2016 — hitting coach Juan Dilone and pitching coach Don Schulze.
Dilone previously was the hitting coach for Oakland’s Arizona Rookie League affiliate, Single-A Visalia, and Short-Season Vancouver, and also spent four years as coordinator of Dominican instruction. He played six seasons in the A’s farm system before starting his coaching career.
Schulze has been a pitching coach at several levels in the A’s organization, most recently for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. He was pitching coach of the Kane County Cougars in 2008, when they were affiliated with Oakland. He played in parts of six major-league seasons, and his minor-league career included a year in the Midwest League. (He went 8-5 with a 2.31 ERA, six complete games, 61 strikeouts and 51 walks in 105 IP for the 1981 Quad City Cubs.)
The Snappers are the second Midwest League team to announce their 2016 coaching staff, following the Quad Cities River Bandits. You can read about QC’s 2016 staff here.
Last month the Snappers named Seth Flolid their new general manager. You can read about him here.
Next year will be Beloit’s 35th season in the Midwest League. The team recently unveiled a new logo commemorating the occasion. You can see it here.