CODY PIECHOCKI – FIELD MANAGER
2019 will be Piechocki’s third 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 seventh 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.
ZANE GONZALEZ – PITCHING COACH
Zane is entering his second season as a coach in the Northwoods League and first as the Growlers Pitching Coach. 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.
DYLAN ROBERTS – ASSISTANT COACH
Dylan Roberts enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Growlers after playing in the Northwood University program over the past three seasons.
Roberts was a left-handed pitcher for NU from 2016-18. In 2016, Dylan was third on the team in appearances (15) out of the Timberwolves bullpen, while striking out eight with only two walks. After redshirting in 2017 due to injury, Roberts helped the Timberwolves win their second straight GLIAC regular season and tournament championship in 2018 as a left-handed relief pitcher. Prior to Northwood, Roberts spent two seasons at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Over the two seasons, Dylan was 5-4 in roles as both a reliever and a starter.
During 2016 and 2017, Dylan was a player/manager for Aristeo Construction, which competed in the Lansing Summer League. In 2017, the first-year team won the playoff championship going a perfect 3-0. The team would follow that up with a regular season and playoff championship in 2018. The team would finish 35-11 over the two seasons. During the past two summers, Roberts has worked at the Legacy Center in Brighton, giving private lessons and working camps for the organization. In 2017, Dylan was the head coach of the 14u Legacy Select team and in 2018, he worked with the 15u Legacy Select team.
Roberts is a graduate of Howell High School in 2013, which had a pair of final four appearances in 2012 and 2013. During his senior season, Dylan posted a record of 8-0, with a 0.79 ERA, and 3 walks over 35 innings.
JEFF RIEDEL – HITTING COACH
Riedel is a Growlers alum (2017) returning to Kalamazoo in a new role as hitting coach. Jeff is the Assistant Baseball Coach at Kalamazoo Valley Community College after finishing up his baseball career at Ball State (2016-2018).
Riedel was two-time MAC Player of the Week at Ball State, holds the NCAA Division 1 record for doubles in a game, was named to the First Team All-American in 2016 and to the All-MAC team and the ABCA Mideast All-Region Team in 2018.