Gulliver has named Manny Crespo as interim varsity baseball head coach for the entirety of the 2015-2016 season.
“Coach Crespo has consistently demonstrated his dedication to Gulliver Baseball, to the team and to Gulliver’s tradition of good sportsmanship and character,” said Mark Schusterman, athletic director for Gulliver. “Just as importantly, he has the respect of players and parents alike.”
Crespo has been an assistant coach for Gulliver for seven years, helping with training and team selection. He attended the University of Miami (UM), where he was a member of the Hurricanes varsity baseball team from 1998-2000. At UM, he was named Freshman of the Year and a two-time All-American (1998 and 1999), and was part of the winning team during the 1999 College World Series. He is a three-time alumnus of the USA Baseball national team.
Crespo also played and coached in baseball’s minor leagues. He was a 14th-round pick for the Seattle Mariners in 2000, and played parts of the 2000- 2003 seasons in Seattle, Toronto and Boston. Later, in 2006-2007, he was a minor league hitting coach for the San Diego Padres, and in 2010 he was assistant coach of the Spanish national team during the European Baseball Championship. Currently, he is working with the USA Baseball program, assisting with player development and scouting.
“We wish to ensure that Gulliver Baseball remains a premier program in the area,” said Frank Steel, Gulliver’s head of schools. “We are confident Coach Crespo will be a great leader for our varsity baseball program, and we’re excited to see how far he will take the team this season.”