Coaching Career: Enters his 28th season in professional baseball, all spent in the Red Sox organization. Begins his 6th season on the Sox' ML coaching staff, his 1st as pitching coach...Named to the position on 11/8/17. Also assists in all facets of the club's advance scouting efforts. Spent the previous 5 seasons as the Red Sox' bullpen coach (2013-17)...Was also the club's catching coordinator during that time...Is the 1st former Red Sox farmhand to serve as the club's pitching coach since Dave Wallace (2003-06). Became the 1st person to be named Red Sox pitching coach having never pitched professionally since Mike Roarke in 1994...From 9/1/16 through the 2017 season, Red Sox relievers led the majors with a 2.97 ERA (203 ER/615.1 IP) in 185 games (source: Elias)...During that time, BOS relievers ranked 2nd in the majors in WHIP (1.17). In 2017, the Red Sox bullpen posted a 3.15 ERA (186 ER/531.0 IP), the 2nd-lowest mark in MLB and the club's lowest mark since 2007 (3.10). BOS relievers set franchise records in SO/9.0 IP in 2016 (9.70) and 2017 (9.81). In 2017, Red Sox relievers also posted the franchise's highest SO/BB ratio (3.23) and lowest opponent OPS (.657) since at least 1913 and their lowest WHIP (1.1687) since 1915 (1.1695). In a 19-inning win on 9/5/17 vs. TOR, the Sox bullpen threw a single-game franchise-record 13.0 innings without allowing a run (source: Elias). Craig Kimbrel won the Red Sox' 1st Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award in 2017. Served on the coaching staff for the 2014 AL All-Stars. From 2014-17, BOS catchers ranked 2nd in MLB with a caught stealing rate of 31.6% (130 CCS, 282 SB). BOS catchers caught 34.4% of attempted thefts in 2016 and 36.5% in 2017, the 2 highest single-season rates by Red Sox backstops since 1987. Among active players with at least 100 games at catcher, Boston's Christian Vázquez (42.0%) and Sandy Leon (38.6%) rank 1st and 3rd, respectively, in CCS%. From 2014-17, the Red Sox allowed the 2nd-fewest stolen bases in the AL (282). Was named interim bench coach for the Red Sox under interim manager Torey Lovullo on 8/19/15 while John Farrell was on medical leave. Spent 7 seasons from 2006-12 as a major league advance scout for the Red Sox. Served as a pro scout for the Sox in 2005...Held the position of bullpen catcher for 8 years from 1997-2004.
Playing Career: Played 6 seasons as a catcher in the Red Sox minor league system...Reached the Triple-A level in 1995-96. Selected by BOS in the 14th round of the 1991 June Draft and made his professional debut with Short-A Elmira in the New York-Penn League.
Personal: Full name is Dana Alan LeVangie. Married to Traci...The couple has a son, Liam (17), and daughter, Avery (14). Graduated in 1987 from Whitman-Hanson (MA) High School, where he also played football and wrestled. Attended Cape Cod Community College (1987-89) and American International College in Springfield, MA (1989-91)...Hit .473 (13 HR, 87 RBI) his senior year. Named the 1991 Division II Northeast Player of the Year. Played in the 1991 New England College All-Star Game at Fenway Park...Is a member of the AIC Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2011, was elected to the Northeast-10 Baseball Hall of Fame.