• In his 14th season and 13th full season as Padres pitching coach after joining staff on May 17, 2003.
• Since the beginning of his first full season in 2004, the Padres have posted a 3.89 ERA, the fifth-best mark in baseball.
• In 2015, the Padres staff recorded a franchise-record 1,393 strikeouts, the fourth-most in Major League Baseball last season…the rotation itself recorded a franchise-record 890 strikeouts with four starting pitchers reaching 160 strikeouts, including James Shields (216), Tyson Ross (212), Ian Kennedy (174) and Andrew Cashner (165).
• In 2014, the Padres posted the fourth-best team ERA in the Majors and second-best in franchise history with a 3.27 ERA, behind only the 1971 club's 3.22 ERA…the 2014 squad's 1,284 strikeouts were also second-most in team history behind 2010's 1,295 strikeouts…the 2014 team's 3.56 runs allowed per game allowed was the lowest mark in team history.
• The Padres boasted the third-best team ERA in the Majors with a 3.42 mark in 2011.
• The 2010 club posted a 3.39 ERA, ranking second in the Majors and was the lowest ERAamong Padres staffs 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 ERAin 2007 and a National League-best 3.87 ERAin 2006, marking the first two times in franchise history the team has led the league in ERA.
• Began the 2003 season as the pitching coach for Double-A Mobile before being promoted to Major League staff on May 17...spent all of 2002 and the beginning of 2003 at Mobile where 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 corecipient of the 2001 Jack Krol Award (along with Craig Colbert) for contributions in player development in the Padres organization.
• Joined the Padres in 2000 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. Catharines 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 (115.0) 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.
• Teammate with Padres bullpen coach Willie Blair in 1987 on the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays, as well as 1988 in Double-A Knoxville.
• Full name is Darren Wayne Balsley...he and his wife, Carrie, have three children: Allison, Sarah and Jacob.
• Is a 1982 graduate of San Diego's Mt. Carmel High School...also attended Palomar College.