Volcanoes tap new manager

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Gary Davenport

Gary Davenport

Long time Giants’ coach, Gary Davenport, has been named the new manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.

Davenport will begin his 10th season in the Giants’ system in 2013, and his first year as Volcanoes manager. The past five seasons Davenport has been the hitting coach for the San Jose Giants and helped guide San Jose to the California League Championship in 2009 and 2010. The 2010 club finished with a .289 batting average, second best in the California League.  In 2005, San Jose set franchise batting records for average (.295), doubles (292) and home runs (143).

“I’m very excited for both the opportunity the Giants are giving me and being able to start my managing career in Salem-Keizer with the Volcanoes,” Davenport said.

Davenport began his professional coaching career as a roving hitting instructor for the San Jose Giants and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2004 before being promoted as the full-time hitting coach for the 2005 San Jose team that won the California League Championship.

Davenport played professionally and he was selected by the Giants in the 27th round of the 1981 draft from Santa Clara University and played in the Giants’ system for several years before working overseas coaching in South Africa and Italy. He is the son of former San Francisco Giants star and current special assistant to player personnel, Jim Davenport. Davenport and his wife Nancy, have two sons, Christopher and Nicholas, and reside in Half Moon Bay, California.

“We welcome Gary to our team. He has an incredible track record of coaching success. His teams have made the playoffs eight consecutive years 2005-2012, and have compiled one of the best overall records in minor league baseball,” said Jerry Walker, co-owner and president of the Volcanoes, said.

Tom Trebelhorn, who managed the Volcanoes for a record five seasons, will take on expanded duties in 2013 assisting the new managers in both Salem-Keizer and in Arizona during the 2013 season.

Davenport will be a featured guest at the annual  Winter Sports Banquet and Sports Memorabilia auction. The banquet will be held at the Keizer Civic Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the Volcanoes at 503-390-2225.

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