Lotte announced today the names and positions of the coaching staff that will accompany new head coach Kim Tae-hyung for the 2024 season.
The first team will be coached by Kim Min-jae. The bench coach is Kim Kwang-soo, the pitching coach is Joo Hyung-kwang, and the bullpen coach is Kwon Oh-won. The pitcher’s power analysis will be handled by Coach Jo Se-bum. The battery coach is Jung Sang-ho.
The hitting coach is Kim Joo-chan, the assistant hitting coach is Im Hoon, and the hitting power analysis is done by Baek Eun-jin. The infield defense will be handled by Kim Min-ho, outfield defense and first base by Yoo Jae-shin, and operations and baserunning by Ko Young-min.
The second team Future Team is led by Kim Yong-hee. Pitching coach Lim Kyung-wan, bullpen coach Lee Jae-yul, battery coach Baek Yong-hwan, hitting coach Lee Byung-kyu, assistant hitting coach Lee Sung-gon, infield defense coach Moon Kyu-hyun, and operations and first base coach Kim Pyeong-ho will assist Kim Yong-hee.굿모닝토토
Pitching coach Kim Hyun-wook, driving coach Cho Moo-geun, and hitting coach Na Kyung-min round out the staff.
Lotte finished the season in seventh place. In late August, midway through the season, head coach Larry Sutton resigned due to health reasons, and Lee Jong-woon took over as acting head coach for the remainder of the season.
The search for a new head coach began. SBS Sports commentator Kim Tae-hyung was selected as the new head coach. Kim led the Doosan Bears from 2015 to last year. He led the team to the Korean Series for seven consecutive seasons from 2015-2021, winning the title three times. He parted ways with Doosan last season after falling to ninth place. After serving as a commentator, he took the helm of Lotte.
Furthermore, Lotte terminated the contract of manager Sung Min-kyu and brought in new manager Park Jun-hyuk. Park is a “Giantsman” who joined the Lotte Group in 2007 as an open position and worked his way up through the club’s international and marketing ranks to become head of operations and head of human resources.
The pieces of the coaching staff are starting to come together. Kim Tae-hyung reached out to his senior, Kim Kwang-soo. Kim, who made his name as a second baseman during his playing days, has coached for Doosan, the Hanwha Eagles, and the independent baseball team Goyang Wonders since retiring. He was the head coach of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as the 2015 Premier12 and 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Kim began his career with Doosan.
He was followed by KBO Commissioner Kim Yong-hee as head coach of the Futures. Kim is a franchise star who played for Lotte from 1982 to 1989, the first year of the KBO. During his playing days, he was fondly known as “Mr. All-Star.
Kim served as Lotte’s first team manager from 1994 to 1998. He then went on to coach the Samsung Lions and SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers). After leaving Lotte in 2006, Futures returned to his family after 17 years.