Padres add three new staff members

The San Diego Padres today announced the hiring of Glenn Hoffman to the position of Third Base Coach, named Tye Waller as First Base Coach and named Paul Navarro Assistant Athletic Trainer.

"Glenn and Tye both have an excellent understanding of the game and are tremendous additions to our staff," said general manager Kevin Towers. "Paul has done an outstanding job with our players in the Minor Leagues and we feel he can make that same type of contribution at the Major League level."

Hoffman, the older brother of reliever Trevor Hoffman, served as the Los Angeles Dodgers' third base coach in 2005, his sixth full season in that position and his 30th in professional baseball. Hoffman, 47, played parts of nine Major League seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1980-87), Dodgers (1987) and California Angels (1989). He began his coaching career in 1991 as the Manager at Rookie-League Great Falls and compiled a 246-302 mark as a Manager in the Dodgers' Minor League system from 1991-93 and 1997-98. In addition, Hoffman skippered the Dodgers to a 47-41 record during the 1998 season after taking over on June 21.

Waller, 48, served as the Padres' Director of Player Development during 2005, his sixth year in that role with the organization. Waller has been a member of the Padres organization for the past 18 seasons having held positions as a coach, instructor and administrator. Following an 11-year playing career with the St. Louis, Chicago Cub and Houston organizations, Waller began his coaching career as the coach at Rookie-League Spokane in 1988. He served as the Padres' Minor League outfield and baserunning instructor from 1989-1993 before returning to Spokane, this time as manager, in 1994. He served as San Diego's bullpen coach in 1995, his last Major League coaching role. From 1997-1999, Waller was the Padres' Coordinator of Minor League Instruction.

Navarro completed his second season at Single-A Fort Wayne in 2005 before joining the Major League staff for the latter part of the season. Navarro, who joined the Padres in 2000 as athletic trainer for the organization's Arizona Rookie League club in Peoria, also held that same post for Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League from 2001-03. A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Navarro spent six years working at West-Star Physical Therapy in Santa Ana upon graduating from the University of La Verne.

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