The Dayton Dragons coaching staff for the 2022 season was announced by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Dayton will have a new manager in the upcoming season in Bryan LaHair. He will be taking over for Jose Moreno, who jumped up to Double-A Chattanooga to be their new manager.

For LaHair, he is making the jump up from managing the Arizona Complex League Reds in the 2021 season. He had previously been the manager of the Billings Mustangs in 2019, and was set to be their manager again in 2020 before the season was cancelled. In 2018 he was the Mustangs hitting coach. The former National League All-Star joined the Reds organization in that 2018 season and he’s spent his entire career as a coach with Cincinnati. In 2021 he went 33-26 with the ACL Reds and back in 2019 he went 39-37 with the Billings Mustangs.

Pitching coach Brian Garman is returning for his second season with Dayton. He was set to also be the pitching coach for the Dragons in 2020 before the season was cancelled. Prior to joining the Reds organization in 2020 he was the pitching coach for Inland Empire and Orem in 2018 and 2019 while working for the Los Angeles Angels organization.

Daryle Ward is also returning to Dayton as the hitting coach. He was the hitting coach in both 2017 and 2018 with the Dragons before moving up to serve in the same role for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. In 2021 he came back to Dayton in the role. Ward spent 11 seasons in the majors with the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs from 1998-2008.

The Dragons will have a new bench coach for 2022 in Juan Samuel. The 3-time Major League Baseball All-Star played 16 seasons in the big leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Toronto Blue Jays. He twice led the league in triples, racking up double-digit triples in four consecutive seasons from 1984-1987. After retiring as a player after 1998 he joined the Detroit Tigers coaching staff where he served as a first base and third base coach through 2005 before heading to Double-A where he coached Binghamton in 2006. From 2007-2010 he was the 3rd base coach and infield instructor for the Orioles before taking over as interim manager for the final 51 games of the season. In 2011 he joined the Phillies coaching staff where he worked through 2017 in a variety of roles. During the 2018 and 2019 seasons he worked for MLB’s youth development program.

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