Joe Alvarez joined Florida Southern as a volunteer assistant coach in the Fall of 2016 and brings a wealth of professional and international coaching experience to the Moccasins staff.
Alvarez spent seven years as a minor league manager in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, coaching in the Gulf Coast League from 1984 to 1998, twice capturing the GCL championship in 1986 and 1987. In 1989, he moved up to lead the Vero Beach Dodgers in the Florida State League for two seasons, winning a third championship, taking the 1990 FSL title.
After an 18-year absence, he returned to a managerial position in the Tampa Bay Rays organization with the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League. The returned to the Gulf Coast League to coach the GCL Rays from 2009-11, missing out on a fourth league title, falling in the 2010 GCL finals. Also working with base runners, Alvarez's clubs were known for their base stealing prowess, often leading the league of organization in stolen bases.
Alvarez played minor league baseball from 1974 to 1977 in the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Baltimore Orioles organizations.
He had also managed in the Mexican Summer League (winning the Caribbean World Series) and the Florida Winter Baseball League. Internationally, he has coached in South Korea and been an instructor/scout in Korea, Mexico, and Japan, and was the head of baseball operations for the Detroit Tigers in the Dominican Republic.
His coaching career began in 1979-80 when he was an assistant coach at Miami Dade Community College.
Alvarez was named to the St. Patrick High School Hall of Fame in 1993 and was similarly honored in the Spring of 2016 by Union County.