SIOUX CITY, IA (X's media relations)--The Sioux City Explorers announced that they have hired Steve Montgomery as the teams new field manager for the 2014 campaign, which will mark the organizations 22nd season in Sioux City. Montgomery comes to the Sioux City Explorers in 2014 after spending the last 10 seasons (2004-2013) as the pitching coach for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. Steve comes from a winning culture, as he has been a part of 9 playoff teams, 3 league championships and his pitching staff has lead the league in ERA in 5 of his 10 seasons in Fargo-Moorhead. He will be making his managerial debut in 2014 and will be the 7th manager in the Explorers 22 year franchise history. Montgomery’s professional playing career began in 1993 when he was signed as an un-drafted free agent by the Kansas City Royals. He played with the Kansas City Royals Gulf Coast League team in Fort Meyers, FL during the 1994 season before signing with the Johnstown Steel of the Independent Frontier League in 1995. Steve appeared in 33 games with the Steel and finished the year with a 0.00 ERA and 9 saves in 38.2 innings. For his efforts, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization and spent the 1996 season in High Desert before playing with the Orioles AA and AAA affiliates in 1997. After two more minor league seasons with the Dodgers and Red Sox affiliates, Montgomery finished his playing career with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks from 2001-2003, where he was the team’s all-time save leader (47). Montgomery began his coaching career in 2004 with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks and from 2005-2009 he also served as the pitching coach for North Dakota State University. In his 10 seasons as the pitching coach, the Redhawks have compiled a 590-383 record, resulting in a .606 winning percentage during his tenure. Montgomery is originally from Mecca, OH and now makes his home in Lithia, FL with his wife Tana and their son Tephen (9) and daughter Aspen (6).
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