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2021 will be Piechocki’s fifth season as Growlers manager and seventh season as a coach in the Northwoods League. Piechocki received his start in the Northwoods League in 2013 with the Battle Creek Bombers as an assistant coach before joining Kalamazoo for its inaugural season in 2014.

Coach Piechocki enters his ninth season as head coach of the Kalamazoo Valley CC baseball program. 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.


Romence is in his first season with Kalamazoo. Romence is originally from Kalamazoo where he graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School. Romence pitched in college spending two years at Glen Oaks Community College and another two years at Spring Arbor University. He now serves as the pitching coach at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.








Brown is in his first season with Kalamazoo. Brown played collegiate baseball at KVCC from 1995-1997. Brown coached baseball at Mid Michigan College in 2018 and 2019 before moving to Grand Rapids Community College in 2020.










Steve Bennecke – HITTING COACH

Bennecke returns for his second season with Kalamazoo. He currently coaches at Kalamazoo Valley Community College alongside Cody Piechocki and Joey Romence. Bennecke has coached at local Gull Lake High School in previous years.