Instructor Spotlight - Phil Warren
PHIL WARREN – MANAGER OF THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES & CO-OWNER OF GBA
Along with former Gateway Grizzlies hitting coach Darin Kinsolving, Phil Warren is the owner of the Grizzlies Baseball Academy.
Warren is also the manager of the Grizzlies. 2014 will mark Warren’s eighth season as the skipper of the Grizzlies. The St. Louis native is the longest tenured manager in Grizzlies history.
“I am truly blessed to have the opportunities in front of me that I do. I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my wife, the guidance and quality up-bringing of my parents, the teamwork and companionship of my staff with the Gateway Grizzlies and Grizzlies Baseball Academy, and the trust and commitment of Rich Sauget and the Gateway Grizzlies Organization. I enjoy helping develop youth baseball players in the Metro-East as well as Manage the Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Team in our quest for a Frontier League Championship. It is a pleasure to be an integral component in our owner Rich Sauget’s mission to provide an affordable, family-friendly, fun, and complete baseball experience here at GCS Ballpark.”
Warren will enter 2014 with 356 career managerial wins, good for the most in team history and sixth most in league history.
A former star at Vianney High School and Southeast Missouri State University, Warren has led the Grizzlies to 54 wins or more in three of the last four seasons, including a West Division Title in 2012. His 2013 team finished 53-43 and only one game short of the postseason.
“Phil has done an outstanding job as our manager,” Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric said. “We’re thrilled to have him back for another year.”
In 2010, Warren passed former manager Danny Cox to become the franchise’s all-time leader in managerial wins.
Warren guided the Grizzlies to a second-half turnaround and a second straight post-season appearance in his second season in the dugout in 2008. He led the club to a franchise-record 64 wins, and the West Division title in his inaugural season as the skipper.
The former Frontier League All-Star spent the 2006 season as the Director of Player Personnel and was named as the fourth manager in franchise history November 3, 2006.
Prior to the 2006 season, he spent three seasons on the playing field for the Grizzlies and parts of six seasons total in the Frontier League. Warren retired following the 2005 season, holding many of the Grizzlies career offensive records including most games, most hits, most home runs and most RBIs. Warren held 11 total Grizzlies career offensive records when he retired as a player.
Prior to his Frontier League career, the St. Louis native played baseball at SEMO. Warren played high school baseball and soccer at Vianney High School.
Warren continues to work closely with little leagues in the Metro East and the St. Louis area. He will direct Grizzlies Summer camps at GCS Ballpark and local league facilities.
Phil and his wife Sarah reside in Freeburg, Illinois along with their three labrador retrievers.