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An assistant coach can take many names on team staffs. The word "Assistant Coach" is a generic label to indicate that he is not in charge of the team and that he is assisting the Manager or Head Coach. An assistant coach will usually have an area of responsibility. Some examples of coaches seen at the Major League Level are Bench Coach, Hitting Coach, Pitching Coach, Bullpen Coach, First Base Coach and Third Base Coach. Each coach has a specific core responsibility likely with more responsibilities underneath the title. A Third Base coach will do more than just stand at third base each half inning. There are several assistant coaches at the MLB level with more being added as analytics progress. Teams are now adding Assistant Hitting and Pitching Coaches or Quality Assurance Coaches.
The Minor Leagues generally employ a batting and pitching coach and they are normally listed as such. Indy League teams are a bit less predictable and in some leagues, do not publish the coaches.
Colleges general employee 2-3 paid assistant coaches, sometimes with more than a generic "Assistant Coach" title. Unlike the Pro teams, we track most college coaches as "Assistant Coach". Many teams will also have recruiting coordinators and volunteer assistants as well as many other supporting staff such as trainers and directors of baseball operations. TBC will only track the paid assistants as long as they are listed with the title when collecting the data. A coach with a dual role of recruiting coordinator and assistant coach will be listed.
Coverage is based mostly on availability of data. More recent seasons are fairly complete. Historical MLB staffs are complete based on Retrosheet's coaching staff history. Minor League staffs have been pieced together over time while College data is close to complete for teams from 2002-present for Division I.
It is always appreciated when any historical omissions are included. Collectively, all of baseball's data history is out there. Don't be shy in filling in the blanks for us so we can capture it all.