Luis Bolivar will return this year for a third season as manager of the Dayton Dragons, the Cincinnati Reds announced Wednesday.
In addition to managing the team the past two seasons, Bolivar also has been Dayton’s hitting coach (from 2014 to 2016) and played for the Dragons in 2003 and 2004. (Overall he batted .233 with 13 HR, 66 RBI and 37 SB in 180 Midwest League games, but was named a MWL All-Star in his second season with the team.)
Some personal info about Bolivar from the Dragons’ press release about their coaching assignments:
Bolivar has resided in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia since his tenure as a Dragons player. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children: Kamryn, Luisa, Zoey and Enzo. Bolivar was born and raised in Venezuela before coming to the United States as a Reds prospect in 2002. He became a U.S. citizen in 2017 in a legal ceremony that was attended by every player on the Dragons team.
The only new face on the Dragons coaching staff this year is former MLB outfielder Mike Devereaux, who will be Dayton’s hitting coach after serving in that same capacity for the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos last year. “Devo” previously served as a minor-league coach for the Colorado Rockies (from 2012 to 2017) and the Baltimore Orioles (in 2010 and 2011).
Pitching coach Seth Etherton and bench coach Kevin Mahar are returning to the Dragons staff in those same roles.