CODY PIECHOCKI – FIELD MANAGER
2022 will be Piechocki’s sixth season as Growlers manager and 8th 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 recently left his head coahing position at Kalamazoo Valley Community College after nine seasons. 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.
Ben Harley – PITCHING COACH
Harley brings a wealth of coaching experience to Kalamazoo. His coaching career began at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon. He then moved on to be the pitching coach for Peoria High School in Peoria, Arizona. After that, he was hired as head baseball coach at Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, Oregon. Harley currently serves as the head coach at Centralia College in Centralia, WA.
Fred Brown – HITTING COACH
Brown also returns for his second season with the Growlers. 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 – ASST COACH
Bennecke returns for his third season with Kalamazoo. Bennecke was named the head coach at KVCC this fall after Piechocki left the position. Bennecke has previously coached at Gull Lake High School and Kalamazoo Christian.
Nate Bonter – ASSISTANT COACH
Bonter played two years at Muskegon Community College…Earned team freshman of the year honors…Named team captain as a sophomore…Earned third team All-Conference as a sophomore…Awarded team MVP as a sophomore. He recently finished his playing career at Grand Valley State University.