Billy Gardner will make Southern League history when he returns to the Biscuits for a seventh season as manager.
Gardner will be the first in the league's 50-year Double-A history to serve seven continuous years. The 46-year-old is already the winningest manager in the city of Montgomery's professional history. He has a 426-406 record.
The Rays announced their minor league staffs today and are sending Gardner, hitting coach Ozzie Timmons, pitching coach R.C. Lichtenstein and athletic trainer Kris Russell back to Montgomery.
Timmons will be in his fifth year with the Biscuits. Lichtenstein and Russell are in their second.
TAMPA BAY MINOR LEAGUE COACHING STAFFS
Durham -- Charlie Montoyo, manager; Neil Allen, pitching coach; Dave Myers, hitting coach; Mike Sandoval, trainer.
Montgomery -- Billy Gardner, manager; R.C. Lichtenstein, pitching coach; Ozzie Timmons, hitting coach; Kris Russell, trainer.
Charlotte -- Brady Williams, manager; Bill Moloney, pitching coach; Joe Szekely, hitting coach; Scott Thurston, trainer.
Bowling Green -- Jared Sandberg, manager; Kyle Snyder, pitching coach; Manny Castillo, hitting coach; Chris Tomashoff, trainer.
Hudson Valley -- Michael Johns, manager; Steve Watson, pitching coach; Dan DeMent, hitting coach; Jeremy Spencer, trainer.
Princeton -- Danny Sheaffer, manager; Darwin Peguero, pitching coach; Reinaldo Ruiz, hitting coach; Nick Flynn, trainer.
GCL Rays -- Jim Morrison, manager; Marty DeMerritt, pitching coach; Wuarnner Rincones, Hector Torres, hitting coaches; Brian Newman, trainer.