The Saltdogs named Tom Carcione ("car-see-OWN"), a 10-year professional player and 15-year coaching veteran, as their new hitting coach.
Carcione played 10 seasons as a catcher and corner infielder after being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 10th round of the 1988 MLB draft out of Texas A&M, reaching as high as Double-A.
After wrapping his playing career with the Sioux City Explorers in 1998, Carcione was hired as an assistant coach for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in 1999 and has been coaching ever since.
"We are very excited to bring Tom to the ball club," Saltdogs President/GM Charlie Meyer said. "His extensive playing and coaching experience will be a huge asset for us."
The 49-year old from Chicago most recently served as Director of Baseball Operations at Northern Illinois University in 2015, and had been an assistant coach at NIU for three seasons prior. He was also Hitting Coach for the Windy City ThunderBolts.
Carcione spent two seasons as pitching coach for Sioux City in 2006-07 and handled managerial duties for the Ottawa Rapidz (Can-Am League) in 2009.