Coach Danny Price is now a part of the legacy of being Miami Dade College’s head baseball coach, a position previously held by such legends as Steve Hertz, Charlie Greene and Demie Mainieri. Under Coach Price the Sharks were crowned Southern Conference Champions twice, and finished as the 2014 NJCAA National Runners- Up, 2014 FCSAA State Champions, and 2010 FCSAA State Runners-Up.
Coach Price is a veteran of the dugout, before MDC he served as the head coach at Florida International University from 1980 to 2007. During that span, Price compiled a record of 1,086-597 and helped the program grow from Division II to Division I. He was named Trans America Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1991, 1995 and 1998.
He led FIU to eight NCAA Division I regionals, accomplishing the feat six times in his last 11 years at the school. Price, who has coached numerous players who went on to pro baseball, including big-league star Mike Lowell, was a hit from his first season at FIU. Price led FIU to fourth place in the 1980 Division II World Series.
Price, who has a Master's degree in health education from FIU, played for the school's baseball team in 1973-1974. He returned to FIU in 1976 as the school's hitting instructor before ultimately becoming the program's most successful head coach. Now, he accepts the challenge at MDC, which has a rich history in the sport.
Kevin R. Long joined the Miami-Dade College Baseball (MDC) program as the Pitching Coach in November 2003 under former Head Coach Steve Hertz. During the seasons of 2004-2010 with Coach Hertz, MDC won 4 Southern Conference Championships and had 5 Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) State Tournament appearances, finishing runner up in 2010. From 2011-2015, Long has coached under Head Coach Danny Price. During that time MDC won 2 Southern Conference Championships; had 2 FCSAA State Tournament appearances; had 1 FCSAA State Championship and were National Runner Up at the 2014 NJCAA JUCO World Series.
In 11 seasons Coach Long has had 31 pitchers sign professionally, 4 of whom went on to pitch for Major League Baseball teams.
Coach Long is also an Assistant to the Athletic Director, a position he has held since 2007.
Prior to coming to MDC, Long coached locally at South Dade Senior High School, Miami-Palmetto Senior High School and Miami-South Ridge
As a player and as a coach, Jim Mansilla has spent most of his adult life contributing to Miami Dade college baseball, helping to make the program one of the finest in the nation.
He was co-captain on the 1971 Miami Dade North team that won a state title and made it all the way to the Junior College National Championships, finishing in second place.
As an assistant coach, in 2014 Coach Mansilla helped the Miami Dade College Sharks finish as runners-up in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction Colo.
"Jim has been a stabilizing force at MDC for years and is a positive and calming influence on the team” said Sharks former head coach Steve Hertz “His knowledge of the game, rapport with the players and ability to work on our defense have been instrumental in the success of MDC baseball."
Born in Plainfield, N.J., Mansilla graduated from the University of Toledo receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. After playing one season of minor-league baseball for the Oakland A's affiliate in the Midwest League, he accepted an offer to play professionally in Rimini, Italy.
Mansilla won three national titles in five years as a player and a coach in Italy. He also managed the Italian team in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where they finished in fifth place, surprising even the club’s most optimistic supporters. In addition, Coach Mansilla also coached with the Italian Baseball Federation in the Inaugural & 2nd World Baseball Classic in 2006 & 2009. Mansilla was also instrumental in having Mike Piazza, a former Miami Dade College North Campus Alumni, play in 2006. Piazza is now the hitting instructor for the present Italian World Classic Team.
Mansilla also coached at the University of Miami before returning home to MDC. His wife, Wendy, is an MDC graduate and a Metro-Dade firefighter. They have a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Katie. Matthew, who played at the College of Charleston was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 22nd-round in 2009, and played outfield in their minor-league system. Katie played shortstop and second base for the North Carolina State’s softball team from 2009-13. In her senior year, the NC State Wolfpack were crowned 2013 ACC Champions.
Coach Tommy Duenas, a former pro catcher for the Los Angeles Angels, has been with Miami Dade College for a few years now. Coach Duenas serves as the hitting and catcher instructor for the Sharks. Duenas played for Florida International
University (FIU) from 2000-2002 before being drafted in the 16th round. He was named an ABCA Rawlings All American in 2002. That same year he was a first team All- South Central region selection as well as an All- Conference selection for FIU.
During Duenas pro career he reached Triple A in 2005 and 2007 before retiring as a player. Besides the LA Angeles he has also played with the Kansa City Royals and Colorado Rockies. In 2008 Duenas opened Miami Pro Instruction (MPI). MPI
provides professional baseball instruction, travels teams, team training, camps and clinics to players of all ages.
His experience as a coach and as a player has benefited MDC greatly. Coach Duenas resides in Miami with his wife Natalie and two children.
Coach Victor Gomez enters his 2nd season as an assistant baseball coach for Miami Dade College baseball. A former catcher for the Atlanta Braves organization Coach Gomez brings to the field valuable information. He was born in Miami, FL and went to LaSalle H.S. in Coconut Grove where he made all county and all state teams. Shortly after Gomez attended Marshall University in West Virginia where he played NCAA Division 1 baseball in Conference USA with MU's Thundering Herd. While there Gomez set college baseball records such as the All-Time Career Leader at MU in Home runs (52), RBI's (211), Hits (294), Doubles (48), TB (510), GP (217), AB (849). He also made other achievements such as NCAA D1 Louisville Slugger Freshman ALL AMERICAN, 3x Conference USA Team, 2x NCAA D1 All Mideast Region Team. Gomez had the unique experience of playing summer baseball in the Cape Cod League with the Falmouth Commodores, he also played with the West Virginia Miners and had a run at Independent ball with the Florence Freedom in Kentucky. He coached at Huntington H.S. and also coached summer league ball with the Huntington Hounds. He returned to his hometown of Miami in 2013 and coached fall ball at LaSalle H.S. Coach Gomez has a younger brother, Nathan Gomez,that also played D1 college baseball at MU. The Gomez family calls the downtown Miami/ Brickell Bay area home.