LeCroy, Michalak, and Rupp returning to Harrisburg in 2017

LeCroy Matt 04012013 - 4415 (Will Bentzel)

The Nationals’ minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2017 season were announced by the club on Tuesday afternoon.

Manager Matt LeCroy, pitching coach Chris Michalak, and hitting coach Brian Rupp will form the nucleus of the Senators’ brain trust for the upcoming season. The trio returns to Harrisburg after leading the Senators to a 76-66 record last year, falling just short of the playoffs by one game.

Athletic trainer Eric Montague and strength and conditioning coach R.J. Guyer complete the staff.

LeCroy, the franchise’s all-time winningest manager, will be skippering the team for a record fourth season including the 2013 campaign when he led the Senators to its first Eastern League championship series appearance since 2002.

Michalak enters his fourth straight season as Harrisburg’s pitching coach. The former Major League southpaw shepherded Koda Glover, Reynaldo Lopez, and Lucas Giolito from Harrisburg to DC last year and oversaw the development of Erick Fedde.

Rupp returns for his second season on City Island and sixth in the Nationals’ organization.


The Nationals also retained coaches and coordinators in the system with ties to Harrisburg:

Triple-A Syracuse: Hitting Coach – Brian Daubach (MGR 2014-15)
Short-Season Auburn: Manager – Jerad Head (2013)
Short-Season Auburn: Hitting Coach – Mark Harris (HC 2014-15)
Rookie GCL Nationals: Manager - Josh Johnson (2010-13)

Senior advisor to the GM, player development - Randy Knorr (MGR 2010)
Senior advisor, player development – Spin Williams (PC 1987-88, 90)
Co-field Coordinator - Tommy Shields (1988-89)
Pitching Coordinator - Paul Menhart (PC 2012-13)
Hitting Coordinator - Troy Gingrich (2001-03; HC 2008-11)
Catching Coordinator – Michael Barrett (1998)
Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator - Mark Grater (PC 2004)

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