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#11 Mike Coombs
Mike Coombs is in his tenth season at the helm of the Newport Gulls since taking over as field manager during the 2005 season. Coombs owns a career regular-season record of 256-121 and has guided the Gulls to three NECBL titles (2005, 2009 and 2012) during his tenure. Under Coombs, the Newport Gulls have become the winningest franchise in league history, and in 2012 were ranked as the overall No. 1 summer collegiate team nationally by Perfect Game USA. Coombs also owns a 36-12 all-time postseason record.
"It's always a pleasure to come back and be the manager of the Newport Gulls," Coombs said. "It's a privilege. I never take it for granted."
In 2013, Coombs again led the Gulls to an NECBL-best 30-14 in the league's first ever 44-game schedule, sweeping an impressive three double headers in three consecutive days in making up rained out games during the season's final week, and finishing the regular season on a seven-game winning streak. Coombs again served as manager for the NECBL East All-Stars, who won a hard-fought 2-1 contest. Coombs managed the Gulls to sweeps of Sanford and Mystic in the playoffs before falling in three games to the Keene Swamp Bats in the finals.
In 2012, Coombs led the Gulls to the best record in the NECBL at 31-10 during the regular season. Going 6-1 in the postseason, the Gulls defeated the Danbury Westerners, two games to none, for Newport's league-record fifth Fay Vincent, Sr. Cup. Coombs was also the manager for the Eastern Division All-Star Team.
In 2011, Coombs led the Gulls to 29-13 record, the best in the NECBL, during the regular season and another Eastern Division regular season title before the Gulls were defeated by the Laconia Muskrats in the first round of the NECBL playoffs.
In 2010, Coombs guided the Gulls to a 27-15 record and another division crown during the regular season. The Gulls swept the Muskrats in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the eventual NECBL Champion North Shore Navigators in the Eastern Division Championship Series.
In 2009, the Gulls won their fourth NECBL title, defeating the Vermont Mountaineers in three games. For his exceptional summer, Coombs was named the Manager of Team NECBL for the league’s exhibition contest versus Team USA. Coombs was also named the Manager of the Eastern Division All-Star team and was named the 2009 NECBL Coach of the Year.
In 2008, Coombs was named the manager of the Southern Division All-Star Team for the second time in four seasons, as the Gulls finished 26-16 during the regular season before losing to the Sanford Mainers in the NECBL Championship Series.
In 2007, Coombs led the Gulls to the 25-win plateau during the regular season once again (25-17), but Newport fell to the Vermont Mountaineers in the NECBL Championship Series.
In 2006, Coombs steered the Gulls to a team-high 32-10 overall record during the regular season and was named the 2006 NECBL Coach of the Year. Coombs also managed the 2006 Southern Division All-Star Team.
In 2005, Coombs led the Gulls to a 26-16 record during the regular season and then on to the team’s third NECBL Championship during his first season at the helm. Coombs was an assistant coach for the season's first three games before taking over for the remainder of the season as manager.
The ever-colorful Coach Coombs has an extensive background in baseball, playing as a catcher and outfielder for Seminole Community College, in the Shenandoah Valley Collegiate League and professionally for the Detroit Tigers organization. He has coached at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, including as a pitching coach with the University of South Florida and the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
"The way people treat me in Newport is wonderful," said Coombs. "I couldn't ask for a better second home than Newport. I love coming back for that reason. The baseball is great, the players and coaches are great. Being a part of the Newport Gulls family is something special."
During his first three seasons in Newport, Coombs wore uniform number 25. He has since worn number 11.
Mike Coombs Career Stats
#6 Kevin Long
Kevin Long returns for his fourth season as the pitching coach of the Newport Gulls in 2014.
Long's pitching staff in 2013 led the NECBL in ERA (2.18), wins (30), and saves (13), and were second in the league with 381 strikeouts through 44 games.
"I've coached at Danbury and in the Cape Cod League," Long said, "and because of the places I've been, I know that this is one of the best collegiate programs in the country, and this is the place to be."
In 2011, Long played an integral role in the Gulls success on the mound, as they led the NECBL in team ERA (2.59). The Gulls pitching staff, under Long, again led the NECBL in team ERA in 2012, despite it being the most productive offensive year in NECBL history.
Prior to joining the Gulls, Long served as the pitching coach of the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2009. In 2005 and 2006, Long made his NECBL debut as an assistant coach with the Danbury Westerners.
Long pursued his passion for coaching college baseball while still working as a detective for the Miami Police Department. Upon his retirement in 2003, Long accepted a position as a pitching coach on the Miami Dade College staff. Many of his pitchers over the last decade have gone on to sign professional contracts.
Hitting / 3rd Base Coach
#17 Ty De Trinidad
Hitting and 3rd Base Coach Ty De Trinidad joins the Newport Gulls coaching staff in 2014 at the reccomendation of Al Leyva, who had the job from 2011-2013.
The Gulls' newest coach is the long-time head coach of the Santiago HS Sharks varsity baseball team in Corona, Calif.
"Ty has the experience and knowledge to follow up with the same passion and success as Coach Leyva," said General Manager Chuck Paiva. "We are excited to have Ty here with us this summer and I think our players will benefit from his knowledge."
#34 Ryan Lauriat
Assistant Coach Lauriat is excited to bring his experience and baseball knowledge to the Gulls organization as he comes to Newport from a variety of stops throughout New England.