Colbert, 43, was named the Padres bench coach on November 21, 2006. He previously managed San Diego's Triple-A Portland affiliate for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, leading the Beavers to a 222-209 (.515) record during that span. Colbert began his managerial career in the Padres minor league system with Single-A Fort Wayne in 2000 and also managed at Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2001 and Double-A Mobile during the 2002-03 seasons. Overall, his teams posted a 522-463 (.530) record.
"Craig has been a valuable member of the Padres organization for many years," said Towers. "We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors."
Colbert concluded his 13-year playing career as a player coach with San Diego's Triple-A club in Las Vegas in 1998. A catcher, he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 20th round of the 1986 June Free Agent Draft. Colbert played in the Giants, Cleveland Indians and Padres organizations from 1986-98, including 72 Major League games with San Francisco over the 1992 and 1993 seasons.
"I am grateful to Kevin Towers and the Padres for the opportunities I have had in this organization," said Colbert. "I am very proud of my accomplishments as a player, coach and manager in my 14 years with the Padres organization."
San Diego will begin its search for a bench coach and hitting coach immediately.