Three members of the Nationals’ coaching staff who were dismissed with manager Matt Williams last week will remain with the organization in new roles next season, the club announced Monday.
Randy Knorr, who had served as bench coach for both Williams and Davey Johnson, has accepted a newly created position: senior assistant to the general manager for player development. A player, coach or minor-league manager with the Expos/Nationals organization since 2001, Knorr had been revealed by general manager Mike Rizzo as a candidate for the vacant managerial position, but it appears the 46-year-old will be remaining in a different capacity.
Bob Henley, the Nationals’ third base coach the last two seasons, will become senior adviser for player development. A member of the organization since the Expos drafted him in 1991, Henley had spent much of the last decade as the club’s minor-league field coordinator and/or manager of its Gulf Coast League team in Viera, Fla.
Matt LeCroy, who had been Williams’ bullpen coach, will become manager at Class AA Harrisburg, a position he held from 2012-13. The former major-league catcher and DH had previously managed at low-Class A Hagerstown and high-Class A Potomac.
Brian Daubach, who had managed at Harrisburg, will become hitting coach at Class AAA Syracuse.
Steve McCatty (pitching coach), Rick Schu (hitting coach), Tony Tarasco (first base coach) and Mark Weidemaier (defensive coordinator, advance coach) were the other members of Williams’ big-league staff and were dismissed last week.