Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney  has hired Brendan Sagara as the team’s pitching coach. Sagara has worked in professional baseball for the past 12 seasons, having spent last season in the Golden Baseball League with the Strong Warriors of Maui. Under Sagara’s leadership, Maui led the GBL with a 3.14 team ERA and opposing teams had a league-low .306 on-base percentage. The Strong Warriors also set a league record in wins with 56. Sagara has helped teams to six division titles - his sixth came this fall with Maui - and two league championships, including winning a Northern League title with the Gary SouthShore RailCats in 2005. Sagara was named the Frontier League’s coach of the year in 2007, as the Windy City Thunderbolts won the league title. Born and raised in Hawaii, Sagara began his professional career as a pitcher in 1999, helping the Evansville Otters capture the Frontier League’s West Division title. Sagara pitched collegiately at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, earning NCAA Division I All-Region nomination as a senior after setting school records for wins and winning percentage. Sagara was also selected the University’s Male Athlete of the Year for 1995-96.