The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, announced today multiple changes in the team’s coaching staff. The team announced the hiring of new Manager Cameron Roth, along with 2 new Assistant Coaches, Mike Ruechel & Derek Shomon. Chris Mongiardo has been dismissed as the team’s Manager, along with Assistant Coaches Justin Cureton and Nate Alter.
Roth, 27, joins the Crushers from his position as Pitching Coach for the Schaumburg Boomers, where he served on Manager Jamie Bennett’s staff for 3 years. The former Baltimore Orioles draft choice and left-handed Pitcher, retired from competitive baseball following the 2012 season due to multiple back surgeries. Since that time the Newport News, Virginia native has served as Bench Coach, Hitting Coach and Pitching Coach for the Boomers.
“It is a thrill and honor to be named Manager of the Lake Erie Crushers”, according to Roth. “I want to extended the upmost gratitude and appreciation to the Schaumburg Boomers organization especially the Salvi family, Pete Laven, and Jamie Bennett for an unforgettable experience over these last five years. I can’t stress enough the amount of respect and admiration I have for Jamie Bennett as not only a true professional of the game, but as my mentor and dear friend.”
Mongiardo departs the Crushers with a career record of 106 and 121. Cureton and Alter were both in their first years’ on Mongiardo’s coaching staff.
Also joining new Manager Roth’s staff will be Hitting Coach Mike Ruechel and Catching & Bullpen Coach Derek Shomon. Ruechel has more than 25 years of baseball coaching experience, most recently serving as Assistant Coach for Indiana Wesleyan University. Shomon joins the Crushers from Schaumburg where he has been serving at the Boomers Strength and Conditioning Coach. Assistant Coach Emmanuel Quiles will remain on the staff. The Crushers are currently 17-20 during the 2016 campaign. Roth’s first game at the helm will be Tuesday June 28th at 7:05 PM, when the Crushers take on the Florence Freedom at All Pro Freight Stadium.