|Traverse City’s first manager is Josh Rebandt. This is not be Rebandt’s first stint in the Northwoods League. In 2018, he served as the field manager of the Battle Creek Bombers leading that team to a 38-34 record and in 2016, was the pitching coach for the Lakeshore Chinooks. Prior to 2016, he was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Olivet Nazarene University from 2014 – 2016 and served as the head coach for Clearwater Christian College for three seasons, 2011 – 2014.Before becoming a coach and manager, Rebandt had an outstanding collegiate playing career. He played for one year at Adrian College when the team made the Division III World Series in 2008. He then played for and was the captain at Clearwater Christian College for three seasons and was a key player on the Division II national runner-up team in 2011. After graduation in 2011, Rebandt accepted the role of head coach for Clearwater Christian College.
“I am really excited to be a part of this new franchise on the ground level. I’m thankful to Traverse City Baseball for the opportunity to be the field manager during an exciting time for baseball in Traverse City,” said Rebandt. “Setting the standard and building a strong foundation in year one is very important to me and I believe we will be able to excel in doing that. I’m looking forward to our coaches and players getting involved in the community and as we get to know the area, I invite the region to become a part of what we are building.”
Over the past three years, Cole Sanderson has served as the Pitching Coach for the Detroit Metro Stars, a high-school-aged travel ball organization that fills their roster with players looking to play in college.
A native of Macomb, Michigan, Cole attended and pitched for Kellogg CC and finished his career at Davenport University. His senior year, he was named a team captain at Davenport.
Over the past two years, Caleb Lang has served as the graduate assistant for Eastern Nazarene College baseball. There he has helped lead the team to their first conference playoff appearance in 10 years and first conference playoff win(s) since 2006. Lang has served primarily with the offense and outfielders. In the past season, Eastern Nazarene’s revamped offense collected more hits, home runs and runs scored dating back over a decade.
Lang experienced his first summer collegiate coaching last summer taking the head coaching job of a newly-rebirthed team in Niagara Falls, NY called the Niagara Power. He led them to the playoffs in their inaugural year, coaching the pitcher of the year and numerous All-League selections. Prior to coaching the team, he played for the team under Josh Rebandt where he was named Player of the Year in the league.
Reid joins the Pit Spitters with more than a decade of coaching experience. His career includes Assistant Coach at Kenyon College (1996-97), Head Coach /Assistant Athletic Director at Eastern Nazarene College (1997-2007) and most recently, Head Coach and Assistant Professor of Excercise Health Science at Olivet Nazarene University (2007-present).
He is currently the winningest coach in Olivet Nazarene University history and was award Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2016.