Cardinals finalize 2024 coaching staff

Former pitcher Dean Kiekhefer & “DC” MacLea to join Major League Staff

December 11th, 2023

ST. LOUIS, MO., December 11, 2023 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have finalized their Major League coaching staff for the upcoming 2024 season, with two new additions announced, along with 10 returning coaches, and Oliver Marmol, who will be entering his third season as the Redbirds manager.

New additions to the staff for 2024 will be former Cardinals pitcher Dean Kiekhefer as Assistant Pitching Coach and Daniel “DC” MacLea as Major League Coordinator of Technology & Systems.  The Cardinals announced Daniel Descalso as their new Bench Coach late last month.

Returning to the staff in their same roles next season will be Dusty Blake as Pitching Coach, Turner Ward as Hitting Coach, Brandon Allen as Assistant Hitting Coach, Julio Rangel as Assistant Pitching Coach/Bullpen, Patrick “Packy” Elkins (Game Day Planning Coach), Stubby Clapp (1st Base), Ron “Pop” Warner (3rd Base), Willie McGee (Coach), Jamie Pogue (Assistant Coach/Bullpen Coach) and Kleininger Teran (Bullpen Catcher).

Kiekhefer, 34, was drafted by the Cardinals in 2010 out of the University of Louisville and pitched in 26 games for St. Louis in 2016.  The lefty reliever also pitched for the Oakland A’s in 2018.  He first joined the Cardinals minor league staff in December of 2019 when he was hired as the Pitching Coach for State College (A) before the pandemic cancelled the 2020 minor league season.  Kiekhefer was the Pitching Coach for Palm Beach (A) in 2021, and served as Assistant Pitching Coordinator for Player Development in 2022 and 2023.

MacLea has been a member of the Cardinals organization since 2018. He was the Technology Integration Coordinator for Player Development in 2022 & 2023, and served as a Performance Specialist from 2018 to 2021.