Travs announce 2018 coaching staff
Veteran skipper Daren Brown is back to lead the Travs in 2018, the team announced Thursday. It will be his second season in North Little Rock.
Brown will again be joined by hitting coach Roy Howell and pitching coach Ethan Katz. The new assistant hitting coach and mental skills coach is Jimmy Van Ostrand. Announcement of the Travs’ athletic trainer and performance coach will occur at a later date.
2018 will be Brown’s 19th season as a manager, 16 of which have come as part of the Mariners. Prior to last season with the Travs, Brown led Seattle’s Double-A club in Jackson, TN to the 2016 Southern League Championship and was named the league’s manager of the Year. He also spent seven seasons (2007-13) leading the Mariners’ Triple-A, Tacoma club and is that franchise’s all-time wins leader with 433. He left Tacoma on August 9, 2010 to serve as the interim manager with Seattle for the remainder of that season (posting a 19-31 record) and also served as the Mariners 3rd base coach from May 2, 2013 until the end of that season. This will be Brown’s third season in the Texas League, having also managed San Antonio in 2006. Before joining
The Travs open the 2018 Texas League season at home on April 5 with a 7:10 first pitch against the San Antonio Missions at Dickey-Stephens Park.