CODY PIECHOCKI – FIELD MANAGER
2017 will be Piechocki's fifth season as a coach in the Northwoods League after serving as the Growlers hitting and fielding coach since 2014. Piechocki received his start in the Northwoods League in 2013 with the Battle Creek Bombers as an assistant coach before joining Kalamazoo for it’s inaugural season in 2014.
Coach Piechocki enters his fifth season as head coach of the Kalamazoo Valley CC baseball program. The Cougars are coming off one of their best seasons in program history. In 2016 Valley received its first national ranking in program history, getting as high as #19 in the NJCAA poll. Under Piechocki’s guidance the Cougars also received the program’s first Rawling’s Gold Glove Award and first Marucci Elite Hitter Award in 2014. Valley has been honored by the NJCAA and MCCAA for team academic awards twice during Piechocki’s tenure.
Previously, he spent three seasons as the assistant coach for Bernie Vallier in which time the program set the mark twice for wins in a season with 40 in 2012 and 35 in 2010. Piechocki spent two years, 2008 and 2009, as an assistant coach at Kalamazoo College where he served as the catcher/hitting coach as well as having a large role in the recruiting process. In 2007, Piechocki was a varsity assistant baseball coach at Mattawan High School where he worked primarily with the catchers and hitters.
Piechocki played baseball at Mattawan High School and one season at Glen Oaks Community College before suffering a career ending injury. He was a three-year varsity letter winner at Mattawan High School, and earned First Team All-SMAC, First Team All-District and Second Team All-Region honors as a catcher/third baseman. Piechocki is a graduate and proud alumni of Western Michigan University.
GAGE JACOBS – PITCHING COACH
Jacobs will begin his second season as an assistant coach in 2017, as a member of Drury University’s coaching staff. Scott Nasby is the head coach of the Panthers and also coached Jacobs during his time as a pitcher for Drury.
The Bolivar, Mo. native comes to the Growlers with a wealth of college pitching experience and accolades.
In high school, Jacobs was a two time all-state selection at Bolivar High School and threw two no-hitters, including one in district finals. Jacobs then pitched at Johnson County Community College in 2012 and 2013, combining for a 2.84 ERA and 108 strikeouts over 90 innings pitched.
He transferred to Drury University for his final two years of eligibility and in two seasons, Jacobs totaled 19 saves which ranks him second all-time at Drury. Jacobs led the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 13 saves as a senior including 51 strikeouts and just eight walks out of the Panthers bullpen.
WILL ARNOLD – HITTING COACH
Former Central Michigan standout Will Arnold joined the NIACC baseball coaching staff in the fall of 2016.
Arnold joined the Central Michigan staff as an undergraduate student assistant during the 2013 season and upon graduation was named the volunteer assistant. He worked with catchers and assisted with hitters at CMU. During Arnold's time there he helped six All-MAC and one All-Region players, along with two draft picks.
A Mount Pleasant, Mich., native, Arnold was named Co-Mr. Baseball by the Michigan High School Coaches Association in 2008 following a star senior season for Mount Pleasant High School. Over his final two seasons as a Chippewa he started 112 games and earned a spot on the All-MAC team in 2012 after leading the Chippewas in RBI, walks, putouts and fielding percentage. He led a pitching staff from behind the plate that had seven players drafted in those two years.
After his college career, Arnold played for the Washington Wildthings and the Road Warriors of the Frontier League in 2013. In 2014 he played for the Taos Blizzard of the Pecos League, before leaving to coach the USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars, which selects the best 18U players in the country to represent the USA in international games.
Arnold has also been the Head Coach of the CM Stars, an 18u baseball team. He has led them to the Palomino World Series in California the past three years, to continue their streak of six straight appearances.