The newest team in the Cincinnati Reds farm system, the Greeneville Reds, officially have their coaching staff for the 2018 season. Three of the four coaches on the team were with the organization last year.

Gookie Dawkins will manage the Greeneville Reds. It will be hist first season as a manager. He was previously the hitting coach in Double-A Pensacola, Advanced-A Daytona, and with the rookie level Arizona League Reds. Dawkins played in parts of four Major League seasons, including three with the Reds. He played in the Minor Leagues for 15 seasons, spanning from 1998-2011.

The pitching coach duties will be handles by Chad Cordero. This is his second season in the organization. In the 2017 season he was the bullpen coach for the Billings Mustangs. That was his first year as a coach. The former Major League All-Star racked up 128 career saves as a reliever, including a league best 47 in 2005 for the Washington Nationals.

Darryl Brinkley will be the Reds hitting coach. During the 2017 season he was the bench coach for the Triple-A Louisville Bats. In 2016, his first in the Reds organization, he was the hitting coach in the Dominican Summer League. Prior to joining the Reds organization in 2015 he had spent time in the Dodgers organization as a coach, as well as a coach in the Mexican League. As a player he spent seven seasons in the minor leagues before playing until he was 40 in the Mexican League and multiple independent leagues, retiring after the 2009 season.

The newcomer to the organization is bench coach Reggie Williams. While he’s new to coaching in the Reds organization, he was with the Milwaukee Brewers in various developmental roles from 2009-2016. He played in the big leagues from 1985-1988, with his best year coming for the Dodgers in 1986 when he played in 128 games and hit .277. He played in the Minor Leagues from 1982-1990 before retiring.


6 Responses

    • Doug Gray

      The same Reggie Williams, or just someone with the same name?

      • Krozley

        Same name. My reference was to the great Bengals linebacker in the 80s.

      • MK

        Glad it isn’t old Bengal, last I heard of him he had a terrible knee replacement surgery that left his leg permanently deformed and he is in a wheelchair. My old boss wrestled Williams two years in a row for the New Jersey Heavyweight Wrestling Championship Finals.

    • Bill

      Very surprised the purchase agreement would not have included a list of season ticket holders and sponsors along with their contact information. Sounds like they have lots of work to do.