The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs has announced the coaching staffs and umpiring crew for the 2011 Southern League All-Star Game scheduled for June 21 at Pringles Park in Jackson, TN. The Southern League selected the staff of the host Jackson Generals to coach the North Division and the staff of the Jacksonville Suns to lead the South Division.
North Division Manager
JIM PANKOVITS – JACKSON GENERALS
Jim Pankovits (PANK-uh-vitz) is working through his first year as manager for the Jackson Generals and he spent the last 16 years working in the Houston Astros Player Development department, including the last two seasons as the manager of the Tri-City ValleyCats. In 2010 he led the ValleyCats to the New York-Penn League Championship. Pankovits also managed at various levels in the Astros Minor League system from 1995-1999 and 2006-08. In 2006, he led Salem to its first Carolina League Playoff berth since 1988, and was named the league's Manager of the Year. Pankovits played parts of five seasons with the Astros, compiling a .250 average in 318 games. He also played in various stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox. Joining Pankovits will be Generals Pitching Coach Lance Painter, Hitting Coach Cory Snyder, Athletic Trainer Matt Toth, and Performance Specialist Rob Fumagalli.
South Division Manager
ANDY BARKETT – JACKSONVILLE SUNS
2011 is Andy Barkett's fifth season as a Minor League manager, and first season in the Marlins organization. Since 2008 he managed the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the Detroit Tigers' Advanced-A affiliate in the Florida State League and posted an overall record of 193-212. His managing debut in professional baseball was in 2007 with the Oneonta Tigers in the New York Penn League where the team reached the League Semi-Finals with a record of 44-32. A former first baseman and outfielder, Barkett spent 11 years in professional baseball with the Rangers, Braves, Pirates, Devil Rays, Tigers, and Mariners organizations. He saw 17 games in the Majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001 and amassed 14 hits including one homerun and three RBI in 46 at-bats. Joining Barkett will be Suns Pitching Coach John Duffy, Hitting Coach Corey Hart and Athletic Trainer Dustin Luepker.
Southern League Umpires
The four-man umpiring crew for the All-Star Game will consist of Jason Cooksey (Crew Chief), Sean Barber, Travis Carlson, and Anthony Johnson.