Kevin Riggs brings more than a decade of minor league coaching experience to the River Riders. Riggs coached in the Colorado Rockies minor league system from 2007-14, including serving as manager of the Tulsa Drillers from 2013-14, before moving to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies organizations. Most recently with the Phillies, Riggs was part of the player development field staff as a minor league hitting coach for the Reading Fightin Phils from 2018-19. Riggs led the Phils' offense to a league-most 141 home runs in his first season as the hitting coach and then built on that success in 2019. Under Riggs' guidance, the 2019 team topped the league in home runs (119), triples (47), walks (503) and OPS (.704), and tied for the lead in slugging percentage (.386). Prior to his coaching career, Riggs was drafted in the 28th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 1990, playing for eight seasons in the minor leagues and one season overseas. Throughout his nine-year professional playing career, Riggs put together a .381 slugging percentage, 270 RBI and 729 hits.
Elizabethton River Riders Coaching Staff