ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – A local baseball standout continues to shine in the sport.
Jeff Mathers, a 2010 EFA graduate, has been working his way up the ladder in professional baseball as a strength and conditioning coach. Last year, Mathers made his MLB debut with the Detroit Tigers as a strength coach after years of working in the farm system.
Now, Jeff will be heading out west for a new opportunity. Mathers has accepted a job as the assistant minor league strength and conditioning coach and director of rehabilitation for the Seattle Mariners.
18 Sports texted with Mathers on Thursday and Jeff is thrilled about the opportunity. The new job will even potentially connect Mathers with recent Mariners draft pick, Mikey Limoncelli, of Horseheads. Limoncelli will be recovering from Tommy John surgery this season.
Last year, with the help of Elmira Mayor, Dan Mandell, Elmira and WETM-TV proclaimed October 11, 2018, as Jeff Mathers Day for his accomplishments in the game.
Mathers graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 2010 and after a stint at D-I Manhattan College to play baseball, Jeff finished his collegiate career at Ithaca College.
Following his time with the Bombers, Mathers embarked on a strength and conditioning coaching run in the Tigers minor league system, including time in Triple-A Toledo for the Mud Hens this past year.