Feb 26, 2021

Mets Bench Coach: Dave Jauss (2010)

David Patrick Jauss was born on January 16, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Family: His father was a longtime sports writer for the Chicago Tribune, Bill Jauss. He also served as panelist on the TV program, "The Sportswriters on TV".

Dave Jauss was the captain of his baseball & basketball team at Amherst College as a teammate of future Red Sox GM Dan Duquette.

He never played ball in the majors or minor leagues after college, instead earning degrees in psychology & Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts.

He then became a college baseball coach
throughout the 1980’s until 1988 when his former teammate Duquette became Director of Player Development with the Montreal Expos. 

Jauss landed a job as manager in the Expo minor leagues, working for Jerry Manuel who was working as the Minor League field coordinator. He managed in the Rookie League, A & AA levels winning the 1994 Eastern League Manager of the Year.

He got to the big leagues in 1997 as first base coach with the Boston Red Sox. At the time Duquette was the GM & Grady Little was bench coach. Jauss would later serve as bench coach for Little in Los Angeles with the Dodgers in 2006 & 2007.


Jauss worked in the Red Sox organization for nine years in different capacities; bench coach, advance scout & director of Player Development.

After his stint with the Dodgers he served as bench coach under Dave Trembley with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008 & 2009. He left that position getting hired as Jerry Manuel’s bench coach for the 2010 Mets replacing Sandy Alomar.

Trivia: He managed winter ball in the Dominican Republic & won a Caribbean World Series in 1999. After bumping an umpire, chasing down an umpire & ordering a pitcher to bean a batter he has been banned from the Dominican League for two seasons. 

He interviewed for the Mets 2011 manager job but lost out to Terry Collins. After that he worked
as Mets Coordinator of Staff Development.

In December 2012, he was named a coach on Clint Hurdle's staff with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He coached there for seven seasons, getting to the post season in 2013. His Pirates finished second three straight seasons 2013-2015.

In December of 2020 the Mets brought Jauss back, as
the the team's bench coach under manager Luis Rojas. 

Jauss is now in his 33rd year of professional baseball. He has been a coach, instructor, scout & minor league manager.

Quotes- Sandy Alderson: "One of the reasons we brought Dave on was because Luis wanted him. Luis has known him for a long time."

Family: Dave & his wife Billie have been married over thirty years. They have three children together & are a religious family.

Billie has written a book: Making Room: Doing Less So God Can Do More. She has helped over 19,000 vulnerable mothers & thier babies in the Dominican Republic & has helped launch a new Compassion Survival Center there.

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