Earlier this weekend, the Yankees internally announced the coaching assignments for the 2023 Rookie-level Florida Complex League (FCL) Yankees, and they are as follows:
Manager: James Cooper
Pitching Coach: Brett DeGagne & Spencer Medick
Hitting Coach: Ryan Chipka & Tom DeAngelis
Defensive Coach: Santiago Nessy & Antonio Pacheco
Athletic Trainer: Jordan Gosztola & Adaric Kelly
Strength Coach: James Gonzalez & Kevin Hollabaugh
There are a few notable changes here, with the most obvious being the manager replacement which was vacated with Sergio Santos assuming the same role in High-A Hudson Valley.
James Cooper was previously a defense and base-running coach with the FCL Yankees last season, and this will be his second season with the Yankees. He also was recently an assistant coach for the USA U-18 Baseball World Cup team, where they won gold this past December.
Brett DeGagne will be going into his third season with the Yankees, and second with the FCL squad. DeGagne was originally hired by the Yankees for the 2020 season away from North Iowa Area Community College, but began his term in 2021 with the Single-A Tampa Tarpons
Also in his second season in pinstripes is Spencer Medick, who was brought over by the Yankees from noted training facility Driveline. Medick previously held the pitching coach role with High-A Hudson Valley, which is now occupied by Grayson Crawford.
Ryan Chipka was brought on by the Yankees in 2020 as hitting coach for the now defunct Staten Island Yankees, and has held that role with the FCL Yankees since the 2021 season. Chipka was previously the Director of Program Development at the University of Michigan.
Tom DeAngelis was hired in November of 2022 by the Yankees from Baldwin Wallace University, a D-III school in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, where he was the assistant head baseball coach for over 8 years.
Santiago Nessy, a former catcher for the 2016 High-A Tampa Yankees, will become one of the new defensive coaches along with Antonio Pacheco with the departure of Brandon Oliver.
The FCL Yankees’ championship defending season is expected to begin some time in June.
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