SPOKANE -- The Spokane Indians announced their coaching staff for the upcoming season on Wednesday, and Tim Hulett is back again as the team's manager.
Hulett is the longest tenured manager in Indians history. He's compiled a 199-180 record in his five seasons with Spokane, including the 2008 Northwest League Championship.
"I look forward to returning to Spokane for another great season," said Hulett. "The fans, the ballpark, and the organization are all first class, and provide the best environment for winning in the Northwest League."
New to the Indians staff this year are pitching coach Ryan O’Malley, hitting coach Oscar Bernard, and coach Vinny Lopez..
Ryan O’Malley spent seven seasons as a pitcher in the Chicago Cubs organization, including 2002 with the Boise Hawks. The right-hander reached the majors for a brief stint in 2006, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.13 ERA.
An infielder and pitcher in the minors, Oscar Bernard also played for five seasons in the Cubs organization, spending time with the Boise Hawks in 2004 and 2007. O'Malley and Bernard both coached for the rookie-level Arizona League Rangers in 2011.
Vinny Lopez played collegiately at Westmont and Cal Lutheran. Lopez has an extensive coaching background, including time with USC, Kauai Menehunes of the Hawaii Collegiate League, and the in the Texas Rangers organization.
The Indians open the 2012 season against the Vancouver Canadians on Friday, June 15th at Avista Stadium.