CODY PIECHOCKI – FIELD MANAGER
2018 will be Piechocki’s sixth 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 sixth 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.
CONNOR MCLEOD – HITTING COACH
Connor was a two time first team all-conference shortstop, an all-state and Lions All-Star selection as a senior from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. After high school he attended Iowa Central Community College. In two years at Iowa Central, McLeod helped the team to an overall record of 76-37.
After Iowa Central, McLeod went on to play for legendary coach Scott Berry at Mayville State University. There he helped the Comets to back-to-back national tournament berths in 2015 and 2016 with a record of 72-52 while at Mayville State.
Now in his first year at Iowa Central, McLeod serves as an assistant coach for the Tritons where he is in charge of the programs catchers, and is one of the assistant hitting coaches.
McLeod’s father, Mitch, coached baseball at NDSU for 15 years and is the all-time winningest baseball coach at North Dakota State at 345-320-4.
MARK GOODMAN – PITCHING COACH
Mark Goodman comes to the Kalamazoo Growlers in 2018 as their Pitching Coach. He is currently the head coach of the University of Colorado Buffaloes club baseball team. Previous to that stop he was pitching coach at Mendocino College in California.
Success certainly follows Mark in summer college league play, as he has been either head coach or pitching coach on two championship teams in Colorado College Summer Leagues, coached 2 playoff teams in the Northwoods League and another one in the Perfect Game League in Albany, New York. Mark was also selected to the All-Star coaching staff in the Northwoods League in 2012.
He received his B.S. degree from Bellevue University and M.S. degree from North Dakota State University. Mark pitched five professional seasons in the American Association, Golden and United Leagues.
Two quirky facts about Mark: He struck out Ricky Henderson in an exhibition game (it was his first time pitching in the Minors). He also went to Moscow, Russia in 2007 to help coach the Russian Olympic Baseball team.
ZANE GONZALEZ – VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT
Zane is entering his first season as a coach in the Northwoods League after graduating from Indiana University – South Bend. Gonzalez prepped at Comstock Park High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was an All-Conference, All-District, All-Region, and All-Area selection in both his Junior and Senior seasons.
Upon graduation Gonzalez played two seasons at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (2015-2016), both under head coach Cody Piechocki. Gonzalez was named a captain during his sophomore season as well helped lead the team to their first NJCAA regional appearance in Piechocki’s tenure.
After KVCC Gonzalez transferred to Indiana University – South Bend (2017-2018) to finish his playing career where he also helped lead the school to their first conference tournament appearance in school history. He ended his career with school records in appearances, saves, walks allowed, and ERA in a single season.
Gonzalez has recently been hired to be the Graduate Assistant at the University of Rio Grande in Rio Grande, Ohio where he will be working towards his Master’s Degree in Athletic Coaching and Leadership.