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Travis Graves

Head Coach

Travis Graves

Travis Graves enters his first season as the head coach of the Florence RedWolves in 2017.

Graves, who resides in Forney, Texas, is no stranger to the CPL as he was an assistant coach this past season with the Savannah Bananas. Graves was also an assistant in 2015 with the Martinsville Mustangs. He has spent parts of five seasons as an assistant coach at Eastfield College. In his first season with Eastfield, the Harvesters won the NJCAA Division III National Championship and finished the season with an impressive 40-22 record.

He spent one season (2011-12) as a graduate assistant at the University of Southern Mississippi before returning to the Harvesters program in 2012. Eastfield has won each of the last four Metro Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships dating back to the 2013 campaign. Graves has had the opportunity to coach 12 All-Americans, 20 NJCAA All-Stars, and seven players that have eventually signed professional contracts.

Before turning to coaching, Graves was a member of the Chicago White Sox organization during the 2010 campaign. He was stand-out catcher for two years at the University of Southern Mississippi. Graves appeared in the 2009 NCAA College World Series as a starting catcher for the Golden Eagles. In his senior campaign, Graves was named a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award (nation’s top catcher) and helped the Golden Eagles to capture the 2010 Conference USA Championship. He attended Eastfield Junior College for two seasons, garnering NJCAA All-American honors in 2008.

Graves graduated from Southern Miss in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He also minored in History and Sport Coaching. Graves returned to Southern Miss in 2012 to complete his Masters in Sport Management.

David Diaz

Pitching Coach

David Diaz enters his first season as pitching coach for the Florence RedWolves in 2017. 

Diaz completed his first season as the pitching coach for the Frank Philips College Plainsmen out of Borger, Texas.  David spent many years playing baseball and had great success along the way, to include reaching the Triple-A level of baseball in Mexico, as a middle reliever for the Vaqueros Laguna, of the LMB.

Diaz has two years of collegiate coaching experience, as he was an assistant for the University of Dallas prior to assisting with the Plainsmen.

Diaz attended LSU- Shreveport where he helped lead the Pilots to two Regional Championship games in as many years.  While playing for the Pilots Diaz quickly picked up accolades as he was a two-time First-Team All-Conference selection.  After graduation the right-handed pitcher garnered the opportunity to play in the Alaskan Baseball League where he was selected to the ABL All-Star roster.

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