2016 Coaching Staff

Hairgrove_Coach_Mug_CroppedTrevor Hairgrove
UC Riverside
Field Manager – 2nd Year

Trevor Hairgrove returns for his second year at the helm of the Honkers.  In 2015, Hairgrove led the Honkers to a 39-33 overall record and the team’s first post-season appearance since 2010.  The team came up short in the first half of the North Division, coming in second place and then played consistent ball in the second half, coming in 4th.  The team qualified for the post season as a wild card and was knocked out by the eventual North Division Champions, the St. Cloud Rox.  Under his tutelage, Hairgrove produced the team’s only Mid-Season All-Star in right-handed pitcher Jayson Yano (Stevens Institute), but sent Designated Hitter, Joe DeRoche-Duffin (UCONN) for the Home Run Challenge.  Duffin took home the individual crown leading all participants with eight homeruns.  Yano and Duffin were also honored as NWL Post –Season All-Stars.  Two more Honkers gained post season honors in the form of the Rawlings Finest in the Field” Award.  Third baseman William Paschal (Georgia Gwinnett) and Outfielder Cole Krzmarzick (Nevada) were selected based on their final fielding statistics as tops at their position league wide.  Hairgrove played his entire collegiate career at UC Riverside where he was the team’s starting shortstop all four years, starting the fourth most career games in UC Riverside history.  After his senior season of 2011, Hairgrove was drafted in the 18th round by the Los Angeles Angels on Anaheim.  Hairgrove spent the next three years moving his way up from Rookie Ball with the Orem Owlz to the Angels AA Affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers.  In 2012 he became a utility player for the Cedar Rapids Kernals, making at least one start at every position except centerfield and catcher.

Kokoris_Coach_Mug_CroppedDemetre Kokoris
Santa Barbara City College
Coach – 2nd Year

Demetre Kokoris is currently the new pitching coach at Santa Barbara City College under head coach Jeff Walker who once played for the Brainerd Mighty Gulls in 1998.  He was previously the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. from 2012-2015.  Prior to that, Demetre was the Head Coach of the Central Oregon Bucks of the West Coast Summer Collegiate League from 2011-2012. Kokoris pursued his MBA at Cal State Fullerton and served as their Facilities Manager for Titan Baseball, as they reached the College World Series in 2007.   He followed Coach George Horton from Fullerton to the University of Oregon to be an Administrative Assistant with Duck Baseball from 2010 -2011.  His time was spent with the pitching staff and assisting Duck Baseball Camps.A graduate of the University of South Carolina in 2006, Kokoris earned his BS in Sport & Entertainment Management.  He served as a student-manager for Gamecock Baseball, reaching a Regional in 2005 & Super Regional in 2006.  

Ben StephensStephenson_Ben_2016on
ingfield College
Coach – 1st

Stephenson joins to the Honkers after spending three seasons working in professional baseball.  He has been on the minor league coaching staffs assuming the role as the Video Coach and on-field operations for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and most recently the Chattanooga Lookouts, the AA Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.  Prior to professional baseball, Stephenson spent 2011 as an assistant coach for Springfield College, where he played two of his four college seasons. Before transferring to Springfield, the former catcher played his first two years at the Savannah College of Art & Design where the Bees went to back-to-back NAIA Super Regionals from 2006-2007.