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#11 Mike Coombs
Mike Coombs is in his ninth 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 226-107 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 the No. 1 team nationally to finish the summer collegiate season by Perfect Game USA. Coombs also owns a 31-10 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 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.
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#24 Al Leyva
Assistant Coach Al Leyva returns for his third season with the Newport Gulls as the team’s hitting coach and third base coach. Leyva has seven years of experience in the NECBL as a manager and assistant coach with three different organizations. Currently, Leyva is in his fifth season as the head coach at Damien High School in California.
Under Leyva's guidance, the Gulls led the NECBL in runs scored, doubles, on base percentage (.422) and ranked second in batting average (.313) and slugging percentage (.503) in 2012.
After coaching stints at the high school and college level, Leyva began his NECBL coaching career as the field manager of the Middletown Giants in 2003, leading them to the playoffs in his first season at the helm. In 2004 and 2005, Leyva served as an assistant coach with the Manchester Silkworms, making playoff appearances in both seasons.
In 2006, Leyva made his professional coaching debut with the Chicago White Sox rookie ball team in Bristol, Tennessee. Leyva served as an assistant coach to his brother Nick Leyva, who is currently a third base coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
#6 Kevin Long
Kevin Long returns for his third stint as the pitching coach of the Newport Gulls this season. 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.
#33 Frank Holbrook
Assistant Coach Frank Holbrook is joining the Gulls coaching staff for the first time, after having played for the team throughout Newport's 2012 championship season. The Gulls Opening Day starter, Holbrook, a 6'2" 210 lbs. righty, went 3-0 in 10 appearances, both as a starter and out of the bullpen, during the regular season.
A Middletown, R.I. native, Holbrook grew up watching the Newport Gulls and playing at Cardines Field. His family was also a Gulls host family, years before they had the opportunity to "host" their own son for the 2012 season. Graduating from the Portsmouth Abbey School, Holbrook is coming back to the Gulls this summer following his senior year at Wheaton College.
Holbrook's duties are expected to include time as Newport Gulls bench coach and first base coach.