Rob Thomson

Bench Coach

New York Yankees 

Born in Corunna, Ontario Rob completed his 26th season as a member of the Yankees organization in 2015 and eighth on the Yankees Major League coaching staff. The 2015 season marked his second as the club's bench coach, having also held the position in 2008. Spent six seasons as the Yankees' third base coach from 2009-14. He stood in for manager Joe Girardi for three games in 2008. Rob Is believed to be the first Canadian to manage, or stand in to manage, a Major League game since George (Mooney) Gibson with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. Served as the Yankees' Major League field coordinator in 2007 after spending the previous three seasons (2004-06) as a special assignment instructor. Was named to the Yankees' Major League coaching staff in November 2003. Joined the Yankees organization in 1990 as a third base coach for Single-A Ft. Lauderdale. Coached in the Yankees system for five years before taking over as manager of Single-A Oneonta of the NY Penn League in 1995. Served as the third base coach at Triple-A Columbus in 1996 and 1997 before moving to the Yankees front office as a field coordinator in 1998. Was promoted to director of player development in 2000 and named vice president of minor league development prior to the 2003 season.
Prior to coaching Rob attended the University of Kansas and was selected in the 32nd round of the 1985 First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers. Rob was a catcher and a third baseman in the Tigers system from 1985-88 before joining the Tigers' minor league coaching staff in 1988.
Rob and his wife and 2 daughters reside in Stratford during the off-season.