The Vibes are happy to announce that Dave Hajek will be managing the Rocky Mountain Vibes in the 2021 season.
Hajek, the current head coach of the UCCS Baseball Program, will continue to coach the Mountain Lions, but will also manage the Vibes in their first season as a part of the MLB Partnership Pioneer League. Hajek is an outstanding member of the Colorado Springs community and has ties to the organization going all the way back to 1999 when he played for the Sky Sox. Hajek also would go on to coach for the Sky Sox in the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Mark Lee will also be joining Hajek’s staff as the Vibes’ Pitching Coach.
Lee, formerly a Major League pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Baltimore Orioles, was also a member of the Rockies organization and pitched for the Sky Sox in 1997. Lee is also currently on the UCCS coaching staff and will follow Hajek to UCHealth Park as a member of the Vibes coaching staff.
“We are incredibly excited to bring such an established member of not only the baseball community, but the Colorado Springs community into our organization as the Manager of the Rocky Mountain Vibes. Dave has had tremendous success building the UCCS Baseball Program and we’re thrilled to be working together to bring that same level of success to UCHealth Park.” – Chris Phillips, Rocky Mountain Vibes President & General Manager
“It is a pleasure and an honor to continue my coaching career here in Colorado Springs with such a great organization in the Vibes. I’ve had a long history here in Colorado Springs with the Vibes/Sky Sox franchise as a fan, player, and coach, which only makes me more excited to help coach and develop this next talented group of ballplayers. The Vibes have been a staple in the Colorado Springs community for years now, and it’s my goal to bring a winning club back to Colorado Springs in 2021.” – Dave Hajek, Rocky Mountain Vibes Manager
“With a new year comes new opportunity” says Phillips, and the Vibes will be focusing on this to help continue the long-standing history of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment at UCHealth Park.
The Rocky Mountain Vibes played their inaugural season in 2019 after spending 30 years as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. While the 2020 season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vibes were still able to offer fans safe and affordable opportunities to experience the ballpark. Now joining the MLB Partnership Pioneer League, the Vibes will look to the 2021 season as a stepping-stone for continued success for years to come.