The 2008 K-Tribe Coaching Staff is set as Chris Tremie (TRIM-e) takes over as Manager of the Kinston Indians. Tremie is joined by pitching coach Greg Hibbard, who helped guide K-Tribe arms to a Carolina League Championship in 2004. Hitting coach Jon Nunnally and trainer Chad Wolfe round out the staff, both returning to Kinston for their second season.
Chris Tremie, 38, is promoted to Kinston after managing Low A Lake County in 2007. Last year, in just his 2nd season as a Manager, Tremie led the Captains to a 64-74 record. In 2006, Tremie managed the Gulf Coast Indians, finishing with a record of 21-29. A 39th round selection of the Chicago White Sox in the 1992 draft, Tremie played professionally for 14 seasons in six different organizations (Chicago-AL, Philadelphia, Texas, Pittsburgh, Florida, Houston). Tremie made his major league debut with the White Sox in 1995, playing in 22 games in the majors. Tremie attended the University of Houston where he played baseball and holds a degree in Kineisiology.
Greg Hibbard will serve as Tremie’s Pitching Coach this year after spending the 2007 season as the pitching coach of the Double A Akron Aeros. Hibbard spent 2006 in Triple A Buffalo. As a part of Torey Lovullo’s Kinston staff in 2004, Hibbard led K-Tribe pitchers to a 3.73 ERA and the Carolina League Championship. This is Hibbard’s sixth season as a pitching coach in the Cleveland Indians farm system.
Jon Nunnally will return to Kinston as K-Tribe hitting coach for the second year in a row. Nunnally helped his K-Tribe hitters reach record heights last season as Kinston scored 782 runs in 2007, the most in franchise history. Kinston finished second in franchise history in team batting average (.271), home runs (152), doubles (264), hits (1,262), total bases (2,032), RBI (713), sacrifice flies (47) and hit batters (90). Nunnally was a Carolina League All-Star as a player for the K-Tribe in 1994. The outfielder hit .267 with 22 home runs and 74 RBI in 1994, leading the K-Tribe in batting average, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, rbi and walks. Nunnally was picked up by the Kansas City Royals in the 1994 Rule V draft. He enjoyed a six year Major League Career with Kansas City, Cincinnati, Boston and the New York Mets; hitting .246 in 1048 games. Nunnally begins his third year as hitting coach in the Cleveland Indians farm system.
Chad Wolfe will again serve as the Indians Athletic Trainer. The East Carolina graduate and North Carolina native begins his fifth year in the Cleveland Indians farm system.
Tremie will lead his 2008 K-Tribe team onto the diamond at Grainger Stadium on Friday, April 4th as Kinston begins the Carolina League season at home.