Steve Montgomery will return in 2019 for his sixth season as field manager of the Sioux City Explorers. In his first 5 seasons with the X's, Steve has compiled an overall record of 293-207 (.586). The X's clinched have clinched a playoff spot in 3 of Steve’s first 5 seasons. In 2015, Montgomery was tabbed the American Association Field Manager of the year after compiling a record of 75 wins to just 25 losses, good for a .750 winning percentage. The X’s 75 wins and .750 winning percentage are both American Association League Records.
The 2018 season saw Montgomery’s team finish with an incredible 71-29 record. Becoming just the fourth team in league history to win 70 or more games and the second time it has happened during Montgomery’s tenure.
In addition, the 2015 X’s also set new league marks for road wins in a season (38), stolen bases in a season (188), team earned run average (3.04), earned runs allowed (301), runs allowed (304) , hits allowed (750) and opponents’ batting average (.228). The X’s also boasted the best team batting average in the league with a .292 team batting average. In all, the X’s broke (9) American Association league records during their remarkable and record breaking 2015 campaign.
Prior to joining the X's in 2014, Steve spent the previous 10 seasons (2004-2013) as the pitching coach for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. Steve comes from a winning culture, as he has been a part of 9 playoff teams, 3 league championships and his pitching staff has lead the league in ERA in 5 of his 10 seasons in Fargo-Moorhead.
Montgomery’s professional playing career began in 1993 when he was signed as an un-drafted free agent by the Kansas City Royals. He played with the Kansas City Royals Gulf Coast League team in Fort Meyers, FL during the 1994 season before signing with the Johnstown Steel of the Independent Frontier League in 1995. Steve appeared in 33 games with the Steel and finished the year with a 0.00 ERA and 9 saves in 38.2 innings. For his efforts, he was signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization and spent the 1996 season in High Desert before playing with the Orioles AA and AAA affiliates in 1997. After two more minor league seasons with the Dodgers and Red Sox affiliates, Montgomery finished his playing career with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks from 2001-2003, where he was the team’s all-time save leader (47).
Montgomery began his coaching career in 2004 with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks and from 2005-2009 he also served as the pitching coach for North Dakota State University. In his 10 seasons as the pitching coach, the Redhawks have compiled a 590-383 record, resulting in a .606 winning percentage during his tenure.
Montgomery is originally from Mecca, OH and now makes his home in Lithia, FL with his wife Tana and their son Tephen (15) and daughter Aspen (11).