Travis Kiewiet Returns as Bucks Bench Coach



Date: January 29, 2009

Travis Kiewiet Returns as Bucks Bench Coach

(WATERLOO, IA) The Waterloo Bucks announced the rehiring of Travis Kiewiet to be the bench coach for the 2009 season. Kiewiet held the same position for Waterloo in 2008.

Prior to his work for the Bucks, Kiewiet was the head coach at Dike-New Hartford HS and associate head baseball coach at Cedar Falls HS in 2006. Kiewiet also served as the Tigers assistant varsity coach during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Before his work with the Tigers and Wolverines, Kiewiet was the head coach at Hudson HS in 2002 and 2003 where he directed his ’02 team to the class 2A state baseball tournament. 

With Kiewiet’s help in ’08, the Bucks showed a four game improvement in the win column from the 2007 season, placed two players on Baseball America’s Top 10 Major League Prospects of the NWL list, had four players participate in the NWL All-Star game, and one player named to the post season All-Star team.

Field manager Pete Lauritson understands what Kiewiet brings to the Bucks and his importance to the ball club.

“Travis brought a lot to the table last season and developed strong relationships with the players,” said Lauritson. “I think it says a lot when the returning players ask right away if Travis is going to be back again for the summer of 2009. The players are grateful for his work with the Bucks and so am I.”

Kiewiet, a physical education teacher at Hudson Middle School and High School is also excited to be coming back for another season with the Bucks.

“I am excited to be a part of the Waterloo Bucks coaching staff and organization for the 2009 season. Even with all the adversity from the flood and the adjustments that we faced, I still had a great experience in my first year with the team,” said Kiewiet. “I am again looking forward to working with Pete Lauritson and our players to try and bring a third Northwoods League Championship to the Cedar Valley.” 

Kiewiet resides in Dike with his wife Teresa and three children Marley, Parker, and Taylor.