2012 marks Akerfelds' 11th full season as Padres bullpen coach...he is the longest tenured coach on the Padres staff.
Club has recorded a 3.66 relief ERA in his 11 full seasons as bullpen coach, ranking second in the Majors over that span.
.Padres relief ERA has ranked in the top three among NL teams five times in his 10 full seasons (1st in 2007 and 2010; 2nd in 2005 and 2006; 3rd in 2011).
Padres recorded Major League-leading 2.78 relief ERA in 2010 with relievers Luke Gregerson and Mike Adams each breaking MLB's previous single-season holds record while Heath Bell tallied a career-high 47 saves.
Opened 2001 as pitching coach at Triple-A Portland and was named bullpen coach on 6/11 when Greg Booker assumed the role of pitching coach.
Winner of the Padres 1998 Jack Krol Award for contributions in player development.
Coached at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2000 after serving at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga the previous two years...first joined the Padres at Single-A Clinton in 1997.
Retired in 1995 after 12 professional seasons in the Athletics, Indians, Rangers, Phillies, Pirates, Blue Jays and Angels organizations.
Made 125 Major League appearances (13 starts) with Oakland (1986), Cleveland (1987), Texas (1989) and Philadelphia (1990-91), posting a career 9-10 record with a 5.08 ERA.
Originally selected in the first round (seventh overall) of the 1983 First-Year Player Draft by the Seattle Mariners...also pitched in Taiwan in 1994.
Darrel Wayne Akerfelds...attended the University of Arkansas, where he was a linebacker for the Razorbacks football team...transferred to Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Col., where he concentrated on baseball...graduated from Columbine High School in Littleton, Col...has a son, Dalton.