The Dayton Dragons, Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, announced its 2018 coaching staff Tuesday.
Luis Bolivar is returning for a second season as Dayton’s manager, with two of his three coaches from last year also coming back. In his first year at the team’s helm, Bolivar led the Dragons to a 71-69 overall record in the regular season; Dayton went 41-29 in the first half, earning the team a playoff berth that took them within a game of the Midwest League Championship Series. Bolivar previously was the team’s hitting coach (2014-16), and he played for the Dragons in 2003 and 2004. (He batted .233 with 13 HR, 66 RBI and 37 SB in 180 MWL games.)
Hitting coach Daryle Ward and bench coach Kevin Mahar also are returning to the Dragons, for second seasons in their respective roles. (You can read more about them here.)
New pitching coach Seth Etherton served in the same capacity for the Billings Mustangs (the Reds’ affiliate in the short-season Pioneer League) the past two seasons. His 14-year playing career included 23 MLB starts and a one-inning rehab appearance with the Dragons (in 2002).