Staten Island Yankees Announce 2008 Coaching Staff

February 28, 2008 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) - Staten Island Yankees News Release

The Staten Island Yankees are pleased to announce that Pat McMahon will be leading the club during the 2008 season. McMahon, most recently the manager of the Florida Gators, will be entering his first season as a member of the Yankees organization. Returning to Staten Island for a third season will be Hitting Coach Ty Hawkins. Joining McMahon and Hawkins will be Pitching Coach Pat Daneker and Coach Victor Valencia. Steve Kramer will be back for a second season as Head Trainer.

"To have someone the caliber of a Pat McMahon leading the team is a real asset," said Staten Island Yankees President Joe Ricciutti. "His background, track record, and accomplishments speak for themselves. We couldn't be happier with the addition of Pat and his entire staff, along with the return of Ty and Steve."

Mark Newman, Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for the New York Yankees said: "Pat has been one of the premier college coaches in nation over the past 15 years. He is an exceptional teacher of the game and will do a great job motivating the young players that will make up the roster of the Staten Island Yankees. Everyone who gets to know Pat will find they have met an excellent leader who deeply cares about the players he manages and the people he works with."

During his six-year tenure at Florida, McMahon led the Gators to a second-place finish in the 2005 NCAA College World Series. In addition, the team garnered four trips to the NCAA tournaments and a Southeastern Conference crown under McMahon's coaching.

McMahon also became the fastest coach to reach the 100-victory plateau in the 92-year history of Florida baseball. After leading the team to the best season in its history, he was named the 2005 College Baseball Foundation National Coach of the Year, the American Baseball Coaches Association South Region Coach of the Year, and the SEC Coach of the Year.

After spending the majority of his career at the collegiate level, McMahon is excited to coach in the minor leagues.

"The tradition of the New York Yankees is first class. They have an outstanding player development and scouting plan in place. Wearing the pinstripes was a boyhood dream of mine, and now it's a reality. I grew up a Yankees fan and I couldn't be more excited."

The Florida native has enjoyed a successful head coaching career that has spanned over two decades. Before joining the Gators, McMahon coached at Old Dominion University from 1990 to 1994 and at Mississippi State University from 1997 to 2001. He first coached at the collegiate level at MSU in 1980, serving as the Graduate Assistant Coach, and has since made five College World Series appearances.

McMahon is regarded as one of the top teachers in collegiate baseball and has been an integral part of the U.S. Olympic baseball program. He served as head coach of the USA Baseball National Team during the summer of 2001 and later earned the organization's National Coach of the Year honors.

Joining McMahon will be Pitching Coach Pat Daneker and Coach Victory Valencia. Daneker appeared in over 200 games as a starting pitcher in a minor league career that lasted 10 years. In 1999, he rose to the top of the baseball ranks, making his Major League debut for the Chicago White Sox. Valencia, a native of Maracuay, Venezuela, is quite familiar with the New York-Penn League. The catcher has been in the New York Yankees' farm system since 1995, when he made his minor league debut for the Gulf Coast League Yankees at the age of 18. During his 11 seasons, Valencia appeared in over 850 games and caught for the Cleveland Indians during Spring Training of 2004.

Ty Hawkins returns to Staten Island for his third season as hitting coach, while Head Trainer Steve Kramer will be back for his second year. Kramer is optimistic about the Baby Bombers' upcoming season under the helm of McMahon.

"I am extremely happy to come back to Staten Island," Kramer said. "With such a talented staff we will once again make Staten Island proud."

Jane Rogers, the Baby Bombers Executive Vice President, General Manager is excited with the 2008 coaching staff.

"I have been around this game for many years and from every conversation I have had and everything I have heard, this coaching staff will be one of the finest. Pat's credentials and reputation are superb as are those of all the coaches on the team, we are very fortunate to have them."

The Staten Island Yankees kick off the 2008 season on June 17 against the Brooklyn Cyclones at KeySpan Park. The team's first home game will be on June 18 against the Cyclones at Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Season, group, and single game ticket information is available on the web at www.siyanks.com, by calling 718-720-9265, or by visiting the Richmond County Bank Ballpark box office between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.

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