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Coaching staff returns from record breaking 2015 season

Sioux City, IA - The Sioux City Explorers announced today that they have finalized their coaching staff for the 2016 season and Bobby Post and Matt Passerelle will both return as members of Steve Montgomery’s coaching staff.  Bobby Post will once again serve as the X’s pitching coach and Matt Passerelle will serve as the X’s hitting coach.

Bobby Post will begin his fifth season as the Pitching Coach for the Sioux City Explorers in 2016. Post was the pitching coach for the Explorers in 2009 and 2010 under manager Les Lancaster and served in the same role in 2014 and 2015 under field manager, Steve Montgomery.

Post was superb as the pitching coach for the Explorers in 2015, as his staff lead the league in team earned run average (3.04), earned runs allowed (301), runs allowed (304), hits allowed (750) and opponents’ batting average (.228). 

The Victorville, California native played at Cerritos Junior College (CA) and finished his collegiate career at the University of Nevada-Reno. Post had an impressive 18-5 record in his two seasons as pitcher with the Wolf Pack.

Once his college career commenced, Post played seven years of professional baseball, making stops in Taiwan, Sioux Falls and Sioux City, with an overall record of 52-16 and 20 saves.

Bobby now makes his home in Sgt. Bluff, Iowa with his wife (Jennifer) and three daughters Alyssa, Emily, and Jayden.

Matt Passerelle will begin his second season as the Hitting Coach for the Sioux City Explorers in 2016. The Greenwhich, CT native did an admirable job as hitting coach for the Explorers in 2015, with the X’s boasting the best team batting average in the league with a .292 team batting average.

Passerelle attended the highly touted NCAA Division I-MAAC School Iona College (New Rochelle, New York). Passerelle played collegiately with the Gaels for four years from 1996-2000. After the 2000 college baseball season he decided to play professionally with the Johnstown Johnnies of the Frontier League for the next three seasons (2000-02).

With Passerelle’s experience as a former ball-player, coach and many years as an instructor, his resume stood out to major league ball-clubs. He was hired as an Associate Scout with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010 holding that position until 2012; He then obtained a position with the Kansas City Royals organization as an associate scout (2013-present) and coach for the Royals scout team (2013-2014).

Matt and his wife Meghan and daughter Savannah (4), make their home in Oakhurst, NJ.

Single game tickets for all 50 games on the 2016 schedule are on sale now and may be purchased one of three ways: in person at the Mercy Field @ Lewis & Clark Park Stadium Box Office (3400 Line Drive, Sioux City, IA 51106), by telephone (712-277-9467), or on-line at  Sure to go fast, are seats for the X’s May 19th home opener against the Sioux Falls Canaries. Highlighting the night will be spectacular post-game fireworks show by Lantis Fireworks and its Magnet Schedule Giveaway Night, thanks to Wells Fargo Bank.