Scott Coolbaugh
Detroit Tigers – No. 53
Born: (1966-06-13) June 13, 1966 (age 55)
Binghamton, New York
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1989, for the Texas Rangers
Last MLB appearance
August 11, 1994, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.215
Home runs8
Runs batted in41
As player

As coach

Scott Robert Coolbaugh (born June 13, 1966) is an American former professional baseball third baseman, and current hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers of the Major League Baseball (MLB).


Playing career

Coolbaugh attended Theodore Roosevelt High School and the University of Texas-Austin.[1] In 1985 and 1986, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2] He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the 1987 MLB Draft.

Coolbaugh played for the Rangers in 1989 and 1990, for the San Diego Padres in 1991, and for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1994. He also played two seasons in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers in 1995 and 1996, and continued to play in the minor leagues until 1999.

Coaching career

In 1999, Coolbaugh played for the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders and also was a player–coach for Double-A El Paso. In 2000, he was the manager of the High Desert Mavericks, and in 2001, he was the manager of the Lancaster JetHawks. In 2002, he was again the hitting coach for El Paso. Coolbaugh served as El Paso's manager from 20032004. From 20072008, he was the hitting coach for Double-A Frisco in the Rangers' organization. On December 29, 2008, he was named the hitting coach for the Triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks.[3] Then on June 8, 2011, the Texas Rangers brought him in from their Triple-A affiliate, Round Rock, to replace hitting coach Thad Bosley.[4][5]

On October 19, 2012, Coolbaugh was replaced as hitting coach by Dave Magadan. He was offered another job within the organization.[6] Coolbaugh served as hitting coach for the Baltimore Orioles from 2015 through 2018. He then served as hitting coach for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 2019.[7] Coolbaugh was hired by the Chicago White Sox as their assistant hitting coach prior to the 2020 season.[8]

On November 7, 2020, Coolbaugh was named hitting coach for the Detroit Tigers.[9]


Coolbaugh is the brother of the late major league player and minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh, who was killed after being struck by a line drive while serving as the first base coach for the Tulsa Drillers.[10]


  1. ^ 1991 Topps baseball card # 277
  2. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Bobby Jones returns as RedHawks' skipper in 2009". December 29, 2008. Retrieved December 30, 2008.
  4. ^ T. R. Sullivan (2011-06-09). "Back with Rangers, Coolbaugh comes full circle". Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Coolbaugh Named Rangers Hitting Coach". 2011-06-09. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (October 19, 2012). "Coolbaugh out in Texas, Boston's Magadan in".
  7. ^ Unruh, Jacob (January 16, 2019). "Dodgers name Travis Barbary new OKC manager". News OK. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "White Sox name Scott Coolbaugh assistant hitting coach". November 12, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Beck, Jason (November 7, 2020). "Tigers add bench, hitting, 3B coaches". Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  10. ^ David King (July 25, 2007). "Family grieves for ex-Astros prospect Coolbaugh". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved September 11, 2011.