Darnell Coles

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Darnell Coles
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 11
Third baseman / Outfielder / Coach
Born: (1962-06-02) June 2, 1962 (age 54)
San Bernardino, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1983, for the Seattle Mariners
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1997, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Batting average .245
Home runs 75
Runs batted in 368

As player

As coach

Darnell Coles (born June 2, 1962) is a former Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball player who played primarily as a third baseman and outfielder from 1983 to 1997. He is currently the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Early life[edit]

Coles was a four-sport letterman and three time baseball MVP at Eisenhower High School.[1]

Playing career[edit]

On June 3, 1980, Coles was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the first round (sixth pick) of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft. He turned down both a baseball scholarship and a football scholarship to UCLA to sign with the Mariners.

In 1986, he hit a career-high 20 home runs for the Detroit Tigers. He had two three-home run games in his career: in 1987 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and in 1994 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2006, Coles was hired as the roving hitting instructor for the Washington Nationals organization. He was the manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters in 2007, and manager of the Class A Hagerstown Suns in 2008.

On November 19, 2008, he was named the hitting coach for the Nationals Triple-A affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs.[2]

On October 10, 2013, Coles was selected to manage the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds, after previously managing the organization's Double-A Huntsville Stars from 2012 to 2013.[3] However, on November 25, the Detroit Tigers announced the hiring of Coles as assistant hitting coach.[4]

On October 23, 2014, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Coles replaced Johnny Narron as the hitting coach. [5]


  1. ^ 1987 Topps baseball card # 411
  2. ^ "Coles Named Triple-A Hitting Coach". vermontlakemonsters.com. November 19, 2008. Retrieved December 25, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Watson, Phil (October 10, 2013). "Milwaukee Brewers Tab Darnell Coles to Manage at Triple-A Nashville in 2014". Sports Media 101 Inc. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tigers name Coles assistant hitting coach". MLB.com. November 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brewers bring back Coles to be hitting coach". MLB.com. October 23, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Jose Alguacil
Vermont Lake Monsters Manager
Succeeded by
Ramon Aviles
Preceded by
Tom Herr
Hagerstown Suns Manager
Succeeded by
Matt LeCroy
Preceded by
Al LeBoeuf
Syracuse Chiefs Hitting Coach
Succeeded by
Jerry Browne
Preceded by
Mike Guerrero
Huntsville Stars Manager
2012 - 2013
Succeeded by
Carlos Subero
Preceded by
Toby Harrah
Detroit Tigers Assistant Hitting Coach
Succeeded by
David Newhan
Preceded by
Johnny Narron
Milwaukee Brewers Hitting Coach
2015 -
Succeeded by