In his 10th full season as Padres pitching coach.
Since the beginning of his first full season in 2004, the Padres have posted a 3.93 ERA.
2010 club posted a 3.39 ERA, ranking second in the Majors with the lowest ERA in franchise history since 1989...both the 2007 and 2010 clubs recorded a franchise-record 20 shutouts under his guidance.
Guided the San Diego staff to a Major League-best 3.70 ERA in 2007 and a National League-low 3.87 ERA in 2006, marking the first two times in franchise history the team has led the league in ERA.
Promoted to Major League pitching coach on 5/17/03...began the 2003 season as the pitching coach for Double-A Mobile, where he had served since 2002...that season, he guided the BayBears pitching staff to a 3.37 ERA, second best in the Southern League.
Served as pitching coach at Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2001, his second season in the Padres organization...named a co-recipient of the 2001 Jack Krol Award (along with Craig Colbert) for contributions in player development in the Padres organization.
Joined the Padres after 10 years in the Toronto Blue Jays system where he served as a minor league pitching instructor, minor league coach and Major League advance scout.
Began his coaching career at Single-A St. Catherines in 1990 and 1991 before moving to Single-A Myrtle Beach in 1992 and Single-A Hagerstown in 1993...from 1994-1995, he served as the manager at Rookie-level Medicine Hat before returning to Hagerstown in 1996...between stints at Single-A Dunedin (1997) and Double-A Knoxville (1999), he was the Blue Jays Major League advance scout (1998).
A third-round selection by the Oakland A's in the 1984 First-Year Player Draft.
Pitched at Rookie-level Idaho Falls, Single-A Modesto and Rookie-level Pocatello in the A's chain.
Registered career highs in starts (20), innings pitched (115) and strikeouts (70), while going 6-5 with a 4.38 ERA at Modesto in 1986.
Moved on to the Blue Jays organization after being selected in the 1986 minor league draft...saved a career-high nine games at Dunedin in 1987.
Final professional season came in 1989 when he went 3-3 for Double-A Knoxville.
Darren Balsley and his wife Carrie have three children: Allison, Sarah and Jacob...1982 graduate of San Diego's Mt. Carmel High School...also attended Palomar College.