2020 MoonDogs Coaching Staff

 

Matt Wollenzin – Field Manager (mattbwollenzin@gmail.com)

Matt Wollenzin

Matt Wollenzin is in his sixth season with the MoonDogs coaching staff and second as the team’s field manager. Last season, Wollenzin coached the MoonDogs to a 35-35 mark. Wollenzin, a 2013 all-star catcher for the MoonDogs out of Austin Peay, served under Ryan Kragh as an assistant hitting coach from 2015-2018. “Wolly”, as he is known in Mankato, began his collegiate coaching career in 2016 at the University of Evansville for the Purple Aces before uniting with Kragh to coach at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato for the 2018 season. A native of Lakewood, Colo., he is the Mankato MoonDogs eighth field manager in the organization’s history and one of the longest tenured personal in the program’s history having been around since playing in 2013.

 

 

 

Keirce Kimbel – Hitting Coach

Keirce Kimbel

Keirce Kimbel is in his second season with the MoonDogs and first as Mankato’s hitting coach. Last season, Kimbel led the pitching staff to an even 35-35 season overall. Kimbel, a native of Franklin, Tenn., finished his playing career as a right-handed pitcher at Columbia State Community College in 2013. He helped his team to the JUCO World Series in 2014. In 2015, he transferred to Austin Peay University up through 2016 where he served as a student assistant for the Governors, primarily as a bullpen coach. In 2017, he was named the head coach to the Hoptown Hoppers of the Summer Collegiate Ohio Valley League where he guided the team to a 28-19 record and second-place finish in the league.

 

 

 

Jared Morton – Pitching Coach

Jared Morton

Jared Morton is the new addition to the MoonDogs coaching staff in 2020. This is Morton’s first stint in Mankato, he will serve as the Dogs new pitching coach. Morton, a graduate of the University of California, Riverside, spent a year as the university’s Assistant Director of Baseball Operations before moving to the Pitching Coach for Mt. San Jacinto College in Menifee, Calif. His playing career saw three seasons for the University of California, Riverside, as a right-handed pitcher. With the Highlanders, Morton posted a 4.46 ERA over 107 innings. Opponents batted .278 and were retired on strikes 76 times and walked just 29 times for a 2.62 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In 73 appearances in his collegiate career, he recorded nine saves in 73 appearances.