HarbourCats Announce Coaching ChangeBy Chris February 06, 2019 02:04pm
Former MLB player and 2018 Associate Coach Todd Haney takes over Head Coaching position
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2019
VICTORIA, B.C. — Todd Haney is the new Head Coach of the Victoria HarbourCats, announced today by Managing Partner/GM Jim Swanson.
Haney will take the reins for 2019 in the first year of a two-year agreement.
Haney played parts of four season in the Major Leagues, suiting up for the Cubs, Mets and Expos, after being selected by the Seattle Mariners in the same MLB draft as Ken Griffey Jr., now a hall-of-famer. Haney also spent some of his pro baseball time playing at the AAA level in Calgary and Ottawa.
Haney served as associate coach with the HarbourCats in 2018, when the team missed the playoffs by one game. Haney and wife Kira really enjoyed their first summer on Vancouver Island and are eager to return.
“Todd brought a professional approach and tremendous teaching skills to our group last year, and it will be a smooth transition because he’s spent a season with us in the West Coast League already,” said Swanson. “The players connected with him very well and he was a big part of the development we saw on our roster in 2018. It was clear from the start that Todd would make an ideal head coach in the West Coast League, and we’re fortunate to have him.”
Haney has extensive coaching experience leading the Waco Storm program, an elite travel offering in Texas and he is currently Director of Player Development at Texas State. He was a star player at the University of Texas before being drafted and turning pro — his son Tanner, a HarbourCats player in 2018, is a freshman with the Longhorns.
Brian McRae, the team’s fourth Head Coach, will not return to the role he held for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, compiling a record of 56-52 overall and taking the team to within one victory of the WCL Championship in a playoff series against Corvallis in 2017. The HarbourCats have terminated his contract.
The remainder of the 2019 coaching staff will be completed soon, but local assistant coaches Troy Birtwistle (first base) and Curtis Pelletier (hitting and catching coach) will be back for a second season.
2019 SEASON TICKETS, SINGLE GAME TICKETS and 10-GAME FLEX PACKS NOW ON SALE!
HarbourCats 2019 Season Tickets, Single Game tickets and 10-game Flex Packs are now on sale! Book you seats now to avoid disappointment, especially on our popular fireworks nights!
2019 Season Ticket Pricing
(includes 27 league games, all six exhibition games scheduled in 2019, first right of refusal on purchase of playoff tickets)
- General Admission – $350
- Premium Reserved (Sections 6-9 and 11-12 along baselines) – $450
- Grandstand Reserved (Section 10 behind home plate Row E to N) – $500
- Campbell Real Estate Club Seats (Section 10 Rows A-D) – $650
- Diamond Club (Field Level) – $725 (Inquire for Availability)
2019 10-game Flex Packs are also on sale at the same prices as 2018 – $120 for 10 General Admission vouchers and $175 for 10 Premium Reserved Vouchers.
To order season tickets or 10-game flex packs, drop in to the office at 1814 Vancouver Street (open 10 AM to 5 PM Monday thru Friday), or give us a call at 778-265-0327. You can also e-mail Christian J. Stewart, our Assistant General Manager, Ticketing and Media at email@example.com.
SINGLE GAME TICKETS can now be ordered on-line at http://harbourcats.ticketrocket.co or by dropping in to the HarbourCats offices.
OFF-SEASON OFFICE HOURS
Our off-season office hours at 1814 Vancouver Street are now 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. We are closed (or by appointment only) on Monday, Saturday and Sunday.