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Coaches and Staff

Jared Goedert - Manager

Goedert will serve in his second season as the manager with the RoughRiders in 2022 after having served as hitting coach at multiple levels of the farm system since joining the Texas organization in 2016. In 2021, Goedert piloted the RoughRiders to a 64-55 record, finishing atop the South Division in the Double-A Central.

The 35-year-old played nine seasons of professional baseball in the Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. In 2016, the Concordia, Kansas native joined the Rangers organization, serving as a hitting coach with the Spokane Indians. Goedert’s stops as a hitting coach included the AZL Rangers (2017), Spokane (2018), and Hickory (2019). He was slated to serve as hitting coach with the Down East Wood Ducks in 2020.

Jeff Andrews - Pitching Coach

No stranger to the Metroplex and the Rangers organization, Jeff Andrews enters his 19th season with Texas and returns to Frisco after serving as the RoughRiders pitching coach from 2009-15 and 2021. In that role, he earned the 2014 Texas League Mike Coolbaugh Coach of the Year award and shared the 2013 Bobby Jones Player Development Man of the Year Award. The South Dakota native will celebrate his 36th season as a minor league instructor in 2022.

From 2016-19, Andrews served as a special assignment pitching coach, roving between minor league teams in the Rangers system. Prior to his time with the Rangers, Andrews was the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach at the major league level during the 2008 season. In his coaching career, Andrews has worked with the Rangers, Mariners, Padres, Marlins and Pirates.

Andrews graduated in 1977 from Rapid City, South Dakota’s Stevens High School. where he played football and basketball. Because his high school did not have a baseball program, he played American Legion baseball. While pitching at East Tennessee State University, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in history and went back to school after his playing career finished, earning a Master’s Degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee in 1985.

Andrews and his wife, Reva, have two sons, Nicholas and Alexander. He and his family reside in Edmond, Okla. in the offseason.

Eric Dorton - Hitting Coach

Dorton, who will begin his first season with the RoughRiders in 2022, joins the club after serving as the hitting coach for the Low-A Down East Wood Ducks in 2021. Under Dorton, the Woodies led all of Minor League Baseball with 290 stolen bases. A native of Champaign, Ill., the 31-year-old enters his fourth season with the Rangers farm system and his second as a hitting coach. Prior to his time in professional baseball, he was an all-region center fielder at West Texas A&M and a collegiate coach from 2012-18.

Chad Comer - Assistant Coach

Comer, a native of Mansfield, Texas, will enter his seventh season with the Rangers and his first in Frisco. Comer was the hitting coach for the High-A Hickory Crawdads in 2021 after serving as a hitting coach at various levels of the Rangers system from 2016-19. The former University of Texas at Arlington catcher played two seasons in the Atlanta Braves organization, reaching High-A Lynchburg in 2012. He was drafted by Atlanta in the 29th round of the 2011 draft after four seasons at UTA.

Avery Sullivan - Development Coach

Sullivan spent the last two seasons as a pitching research and development coach within the Rangers organization. He studied exercise science at Texas Wesleyan University before earning his master's degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Yuichi Takizawa - Athletic Trainer

Takizawa begins his first season with the RoughRiders and his fifth in the Rangers organization. The native of Hokkaido, Japan spent 2021 with the High-A Hickory Crawdads. Takizawa holds degrees from HOSEI University in Japan and Southern Arkansas University.

Jonathan Nazarko - Strength and Conditioning Coach

Nazarko joins the Frisco staff for his first season while he will enter his third in the Texas organization. Prior to his time in professional baseball, Nazarko worked for his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island, for four years as the primary strength coach for baseball, women's basketball and men's and women's soccer. As a student-athlete for the Rams, he played both baseball and basketball.

Vinnie Colangelo - Clubhouse Manager