Jeff Andrews is in his first season as Pitching Coach for the Pirates, having been named to the position on November 21, 2007. Andrews has spent each of the last 22 years as a minor league Pitching Coach/Coordinator, the last five in the Pittsburgh organization.
He served as Pitching Coach with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2006-07 after working in the same capacity with Double-A Altoona for three seasons (2003-05). The 06 pitching staff at Indy ranked fourth in ERA in the 14-team International League. Among the 23 pitchers on the 40-man roster heading into spring training this season, Jeff had worked with 13 of them at either Altoona or Indy. His 2003 pitching staff at Altoona established a franchise record by posting a 3.32 ERA and lefty Sean Burnett was named Eastern League Pitcher-of-the-Year under his watch during the same season. Jeff also served as a coach at the Major League Baseball Futures Game in Chicago during the All-Star festivities in 2003.
Prior to joining the Pirates, Andrews spent the 2002 season as Pitching Coach with the Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs of the independent Northern League. He also spent two seasons in the Florida Marlins organization as Pitching Coach at Portland (AA) in 2001 and in the same capacity with Kane County in 2000.
Andrews began his professional coaching career as a minor league instructor in the Texas organization in 1986. A year later he was Pitching Coach with Port Charlotte (A), a club that featured righthander Kevin Brown and lefty Kenny Rogers. He also spent the next four years in the Texas farm system as Pitching coach with Double-A Tulsa (1988-90) and Triple-A Oklahoma City (1991).
Jeff spent six years in the Seattle organization as Pitching Coach with Double-A Jacksonville (1992-94) and Triple-A Tacoma (1995- 97). In that time, he worked with future major leaguers such as Derek Lowe and Mike Hampton. Following his tenure in the Mariners minor league system, Andrews spent two seasons as the minor league pitching coordinator for the San Diego Padres.
A right-handed pitcher during his playing days, Andrews was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 26th round of the 1981 June draft. He pitched two years in the Cubs farm system, compiling a 10-6 record with Geneva (1981) and Salinas (1982).
PERSONAL: Jeffrey Jay Andrews...Wife's name is Reva...Has two sons; Nicholas (2/2/98) and Alexander (8/11/00)...Is a 1977 graduate of Rapid City (SD) Stevens High School, where he played football and basketball...Played American Legion baseball since high school team did not have a baseball program...Earned a bachelors degree in History from East Tennessee State University in 1981...Received his Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Tennessee in 1985...Was a pitcher on the Ohio Valley Conference Championship team as a freshman at ETSU in 1978...Led squad to Southern Conference title and into NCAA Regional playoffs as a junior in 1980...Participated in Pirates annual caravan and PirateFest this past January.