Danny Price is now apart of the legacy of being head baseball coach at Miami Dade College, a position previously held by such legends as Steve Hertz, Charlie Greene and Demie Mainieri. Price replaces Hertz, who was MDC's head coach for 26 years and retired after the 2010 season.
Price is also a veteran of the dugout, having 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 Coaching staff in November 2003. In the six seasons from 2004 to present, he has been the Pitching Coach. During this time frame, the Sharks have posted an overall record of 245 wins and 76 defeats (a winning percentage of 76%); have won the FJCAA Southern Conference Title four times (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009); have qualified for the FJCAA State Tournament five times (2005 – 2009); have been ranked #1 in the State of Florida during various points during four seasons (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009); and have been Nationally ranked by the NJCAA four times at one point during the season (#11 in 2006, #2 in 2007, #1 in 2008, #4 in 2009).
During these six seasons, many pitchers have received various awards and recognition. A break down is as follows:
From 2004 to 2009, Coach Long has had twenty-three pitchers go on to attend four year colleges or universities with different levels of athletic competition (NCAA Division I, Division II, and NAIA) after careers at MDC. Two of these pitchers received All American Honors at their respective institutions. Also, three were drafted and eventually signed with MLB.
Coach Long is also an Assistant to the Athletic Director, a position he has held since September, 2007.
Prior to coming to MDC, Kevin coached locally at South Dade Senior High School, Miami-Palmetto Senior High School, and Miami-South Ridge Senior High School.
During Summer down time at MDC, Kevin has coached college baseball: 2005 and 2006 - Pitching Coach, Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL); and 2009 - Interim Pitching Coach, Wareham Gateman, Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL).
Coach Long graduated from A.G. Berner High School in Massapequa Park, New York (1969) where he was an All County pitcher. Coach Long’s college career took him to the University of Dayton in Ohio, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (1973). While at Dayton, he pitched for four years, and as a senior, he was named the team’s Co-Captain. Kevin continued his education at the University of New Haven in Connecticut where he received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice (1975).
Kevin and his wife, Candy, an Office Manager for State Farm Insurance Agent Cookie O’Day, reside just down the road from MDC in Kendall.
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 1917 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.
Thirty years later, Mansilla was in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction Colo. –this time as an assistant coach- helping the Miami Dade College Sharks finish fifth.
“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 1947. 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.
Manilla 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.
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, 23 and a daughter, Katie 19. Matthew, who played at the College of Charleston and was a 22nd-round draft choice in 2009, is an outfielder in the Detroit Tigers’ minor-league system, and Katie is a sophomore shortsop on North Carolina State’s softball.
Tommy Duenas - Assistant Baseball Coach Tommy Duenas, a former pro catcher for the Los Angeles Angels, has been with Miami Dade College for a few years now. Since he has been here has served as a 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 as the team continues to the legacy of the Miami Dade College baseball team. Duenas resides in Miami with wife Natalie and two children.