PERSONAL: Joseph Alan Vavra (pronounced VAH-vra)...wife Lesa (Heise), sons Tanner (7/6/89), Treysen (9/17/91) and Terrin (5/12/97)...1978 graduate of Chippewa Falls Senior (Wisc.) High School...named captain and MVP in baseball during senior season...1985 graduate of University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Plant Engineering...son Tanner was drafted by the Twins in the 30th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Valparaiso University...son Trey drafted by Twins in 33rd round of 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Southern College...participates annually in Twins winter Caravan.
COACHING CAREER: Named Twins bench coach November 25, 2014...served as the Twins third base coach 2013-14...served as Twins hitting coach 2006-12...served as Twins minor league field coordinator 2002-05...2001 head coach at University of Wisconsin-Stout before becoming interim Director of Player Development for the Los Angeles-NL...minor league baserunning and bunting instructor for the Dodgers in 2000...served as major league roving coach for first half of the 1999 season before serving as minor league field coordinator in the second half...began 1998 season as special assignment major league coach for Los Angeles-NL, before becoming minor league field coordinator at mid-point of season...managed Class-A Yakima 1994-97 and named Northwest League Manager of the Year in 1994 and 1996...led Yakima to Northern Division title in 1994 and Northwest League Championship in 1996...managed Class-A Vero Beach Dodgers in 1993...managed Class-A Yakima in the Northwest League in 1991-92...managed Rookie Great Falls Dodgers to consecutive league championships in 1989-90...named coach at Class-A Sarasota in 1987.
PLAYING CAREER: Played five seasons in the Dodgers organization from 1982-86...hit .307 (92-for-300) in 96 games for Double-A San Antonio in 1984 and .312 (131-for-420) in 110 games with Lodi in 1983.
PROFESSIONAL: Selected by Los Angeles-NL in the eighth round of the 1982 First-Year Player Draft; signed by scout Dale McReynolds.