Captains announce field staff (Source: Lake County Captains)
The Lake County Captains and the Cleveland Indians announced the 2015 Captains field staff today which is led by first-time manager and former Captains player and coach, Shaun Larkin. Larkin's coaching staff will consist of Pitching Coach Steve Karsay, Athletic Trainer Matthew Beauregard and Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Synenkyj.
The Captains hitting Coach has yet to be assigned.
Larkin, 35, becomes the Captains 10th field manager and the second former Captains player to be named manger following David Wallace in 2012. He served as the Captains hitting coach in 2014. Larkin was an All-Star third baseman for the Captains in the inaugural 2003 season. He spent the 2013 season as the hitting coach of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, his first season in the professional coaching ranks. Prior to that, he spent two seasons as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater, Cal State Northridge. Previously he worked with the Indians Double-A affiliate Akron Aeros in 2007 and 2008 assisting both management and the coaching staff with player development and becoming the team's First Base coach. He was selected by the Indians in the ninth round of the 2002 draft and played professionally with the organization for six seasons from 2002-2007.
Karsay, 42, will re-join the Captains to handle the pitching staff as he did in 2013. He spent last season with the Carolina Mudcats. His first season as pitching coach was 2012 season with the Arizona League Indians. Steve spent four seasons in the Cleveland bullpen from 1998- 2001 where he was 15-14 with a 3.23 ERA in 164 games (4GS, 223.0IP, 210H, 80ER, 191K). Overall, he spent 11 seasons in the big leagues from 1993-2006 with Oakland, Cleveland, Atlanta, New York (AL) and Texas. He had signed a letter of intent to play at LSU prior to being drafted by Toronto in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1990 draft. During his career, Karsay was traded to Oakland in 1993 for Rickey Henderson and in 2001 to Atlanta for John Rocker. Steve lives in Scottsdale, AZ and has a son Kingston. He graduated from Christ the King High School in Queens, NY in 1990.
Beauregard returns to the Captains for his second season and fifth in the Cleveland Indians Organization as an Athletic Trainer. Previously he spent the three seasons as the athletic trainer for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York Penn League. Prior to the Indians, he was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazer baseball team, where he received a M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology in 2010. A Center Point, Iowa native, Beauregard graduated from Iowa State University (Ames, IA) in 2007, with a B.S. in Athletic Training. During the offseason, Matthew resides in Arizona and assists with offseason rehabilitation programs at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex.
Synenkyj returns to the Captains where he was the Strength and Conditioning coach last season as well as in 2010. Paul received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State University, and later a master's degree in physical education from The University of Akron. Paul is currently in his sixth season as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Indians. He has also served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Cleveland State. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
The Captains open the 2015 season on April 10 in Lansing before returning for the Classic Park Home Opener on Sunday, April 12 against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Affordable ticket packages are available for purchase now and more information may be found at www.CaptainsBaseball.com.