• Jirschele enters his second season with the Royals after joining the Major League coaching staff on Oct. 25, 2013…he was named the club's Third Base coach on May 29, 2014.
• Previously managed the Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A) for 11 seasons, leading the team to four division titles, three straight trips to the Pacific Coast League Championship (2011-13), two PCL titles (2011, 2013) and a Triple-A Championship in 2013.
• Earned the 2011 Mike Coolbaugh Award for outstanding baseball work ethic, knowledge of the game and skill in mentoring young players on the field.
• Completed his second stint as manager of the Omaha franchise after leading the Omaha Royals from 1995-97...posted the most wins in franchise history (995), while his 2,013 games managed were also the most in team history.
• Served as KC's roving infield instructor to the Minor League system from 1998-2002.
• Joined the organization in 1992 as the manager of the Gulf Coast Royals (R)...named the GCL Manager of the Year after leading the club to a 41-18 record and a league title.
• Named 1994 Minor League Manager of the Year by The Sporting News after leading the Wilmington (A-Advanced) Blue Rocks to the Mills Cup Championship with a 94-44 record.
• Accumulated 1,205 career victories at the Minor League level...earned his 1,000th career win with a 2-1 triumph over Tucson on May 23, 2011.
• Four-time recipient of the Dick Howser Award (1992, 1994, 2005, 2011), which recognizes outstanding work in player development within the Royals' organization.
• Originally selected by the Texas Rangers as an infielder in the fifth round of the 1977 MLB June Amateur Draft.
• Played in 999 career games over 13 seasons in his Minor League career in the Rangers and Royals' organizations...played six seasons at the Triple-A level, with Denver (1982), Oklahoma City (1983-85) and Omaha (1988-89).
• Retired in 1990 after pitching two games for Appleton (Class-A).
• Mike and his wife, Sheri, reside in Clintonville, Wis., during the offseason...they have three children: Jeremy, Jennifer and Justin; two grandsons, Keegan and Parker and two granddaughters, Taelyn and Paetyn.
• Graduated in 1977 from Clintonville High School, where he starred in football and baseball...named all-state as a quarterback and received interest from the University of Wisconsin.
• Inducted into the Central Wisconsin Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.