Jeff Livesey joined the Major League coaching staff on Nov. 18, 2013. In his role, he will act primarily as the assistant hitting coach, working with Jeff Branson to implement the club's hitting program.
Now in his 12th season with the Pittsburgh organization, Livesey spent the last three years as the Minor League Hitting Coordinator. He returned to the Pirates in 2011 after spending the previous five years as a coach in Japan; was the Bench Coach for the Hiroshima Carp for four years and the Bench Coach for the Rakuten Eagles for one year.
Livesey's tenure with the Pirates organization began in 1998 when he served as the Hitting Coach with Lynchburg in the Carolina League. He also worked in the same capacity with Double-A Altoona (1999-2000), Triple-A Nashville (2001, 2004) and again with Lynchburg (2002-2003), where he watched Hillcat hitters lead the Carolina League in hitting and home runs each year.
In 2005 Jeff was the manager for the Gulf Coast League Pirates, where he led the Baby Bucs to a 28-26 record and a second-place finish in his only season as a minor league skipper.
Prior to joining the Pirates, Livesey spent two seasons (1996-1997) as the Hitting Coach for Montreal's Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg while the Senators captured the Eastern League championship each year.
Selected by New York (AL) in the 13th round of the 1988 June free agent draft, Livesey was a catcher in the Yankees system for eight years, hitting .217 (373-for-1090) with 16 home runs and 102 RBI in 373 career games; he also made three appearances at first base, two in the outfield and one at third base. Jeff retired in 1995 after spending the whole year at Columbus (AAA).
PERSONAL: Jeffrey William Livesey (pronounced "LIV-zee")...Wife's name is Christine...Has two children; son Hudson (8/9/99) and daughter Chase (6/12/02)....Is a 1984 graduate of Lakeland Regional High School in Wanaque, NJ, where he played baseball, football and was on the wrestling team for two years...Is a member of the Lakeland High School Baseball Hall-of-Fame...Received a degree in business finance as a 1988 Auburn University graduate.