Leilehua and University of Hawaii at Hilo alum Brendan Sagara has been named as one of the two co-pitching coaches for the Texas Rangers.
Sagara will split pitching coach duties with Doug Mathis.
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Sagara has been in professional baseball for 21 years, although this is his first time as a coach at the major league level. During the 2020 season, he was a special assistant with the Rangers as their player development and Triple-A pitching coach.
Sagara has also held multiple positions for the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves and New York Mets as a minor league pitching coach and scout.
Before he worked in professional baseball, Sagara was a star pitcher for the UH-Hilo baseball team. In his senior season in 1996, he went 8-2 with a 3.52 ERA. He was also an assistant coach for the Vulcans during the 2003-2004 academic year.