- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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The Chicago Cubs rounded out their coaching staff on Wednesday by officially announcing the hiring of Pat Listach as bench coach and Dave Keller as a major league staff assistant.
Listach, 43, spent the past two seasons as the Washington Nationals' third-base coach under former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman. Before that, he spent nine seasons in the Cubs' minor league organization and was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in 2008 with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs.
Listach replaces Alan Trammell, who worked as the team's bench coach for the past four seasons.
"We're very happy to have Pat back," general manager Jim Hendry said. "His first job was with us after his playing career ended. He was a quality minor league coach and manager for us. And Mike [Quade] had a long-term relationship with him also. We consider Pat as one of our own. So bringing him back is just an extension of his developmental process with the Cubs."
Quade likes the continuity of both Listach and Keller joining his coaching staff.
"I had made a point that I was interested in familiarity with both myself and the organization in order to fill this staff," Quade said. "I felt both Kel and Pat had exactly what I was looking for. [They are] young, energetic and I'm familiar with both of them, personally. It seems like a real good mix. Now having been at the organization meetings and getting to talk to everyone, I'm even more excited [about the new staff] than I was a few days ago."
Keller spent the past seven seasons as the Cubs' minor league hitting instructor.
Quade said that Listach will be the team's infield instructor in 2011. He will be assisted by third-base coach Ivan DeJesus in that role.
Five members from last year's coaching staff return: pitching coach Larry Rothschild, hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, bullpen coach Lester Strode, third-base coach DeJesus and first-base coach Bob Dernier.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com.