Nats bring back all 7 coaches on Williams’ staff

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals are bringing back all seven coaches from NL Manager of the Year Matt Williams’ staff.

It’s the first time since 2007-08 that the Nationals kept their entire coaching staff for consecutive seasons.

The club announced Wednesday that bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy, first-base coach Tony Tarasco, third-base coach Bobby Henley and defensive coordinator and advance coach Mark Weidemaier will return.

McCatty will be in his seventh season with the club, the most among the staff.

On Tuesday, Williams became the fourth rookie skipper to be honored as Manager of the Year.

Washington won the NL East and led the league with 96 wins, before losing to San Francisco in a Division Series.