11/23/2005 11:57 AM ET
Dave Miley to manage Columbus Clippers
Columbus announces 2006 coaching staff
Columbus, Ohio -- The Clippers announced today that Dave Miley will be the field manager for the 2006 season and Neil Allen, Kevin Long, and Frank Howard will serve as coaches.
Dave Miley joins the Clippers, replacing Bucky Dent. Miley spent 27 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds organization, including three seasons as a major league manager. He was named Reds interm field manager July 28, 2003 and guided Cincinnati to a 22-35 record to conclude the season. In 2004, Miley's only full season as manager, the Reds finished 78-86 and he was named Baseball America's National League Manager of the Year for the first half of the season. The Reds were 27-43 under Miley in 2005.
Dave Miley has spent six seasons in the International League, managing Indianapolis in 1998 and 1999 before moving to Louisville upon the Reds change in affiliation. Under Miley, the Bats went 296-245 in four seasons at Louisville and he established franchise records for wins (296) and games managed (541). He was named the International League Manager of the Year in 1997 and managed the 2002 International League All-Star team in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Miley earned his 1,000th career minor league win on May 19th, 2002 in a 5-0 victory over Ottawa.
Neil Allen re-joins the Clippers staff as pitching coach, following the 2005 season as bullpen coach of the New York Yankees. Allen served as pitching coach in Columbus for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2004, Clippers pitchers led the IL with eight complete games and 12 shutouts. The 2004 Columbus pitching staff tied for the most strikeouts (1,034) and finished third in team ERA (4.20).
Kevin Long returns for his third season as hitting coach with the Clippers. In 2005, Columbus finished 6th in the IL in batting average (2nd in West Division), 5th in runs scored (2nd in West), and 5th in on-base percentage (2nd in West).
Frank Howard returns for his second season as coach with the Clippers, serving as the outfield coach and first base coach. Howard was a special assistant for baseball operations with the New York Yankees before joining the Clippers coaching staff.
The Clippers will begin the 30th season in the Class Triple-A International League. The 2006 season begins on April 6th at Cooper Stadium against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.