|Traverse City’s field manager is Josh Rebandt. Josh is the first and only field manager the Pit Spitters have had. The Pit Spitters are not 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.
Rebandt was named the 2019 Northwoods League Field Manager of the year, and has lead the Pit Spitters to multiple league records (including most wins in a season with 56 in 2019). He also led the Pit Spitters to the Northwoods League Championship in 2019, and in 2020 he led the Pit Spitters to the Michigan Pod Championship game before falling to the Kalamazoo Mac Daddies.
For all player personnel questions please contact Josh at JoshR@PitSpitters.com
Rocky joins the Pit Spitters this year after serving the past two summers as the Head Coach of the East Cobb Patriots, a high school travel program. Rocky pitched at DIII Maryville College and served as a team captain his senior year. After graduation he pursued his Master’s degree while serving as the Pitching Coach at Olivet Nazarene University (2019-2020). Currently he is the Pitching Coach at Florence-Darlington Technical College.
While pitching in his 4 years pitching at DIII Maryville College he was a team Captain and 3X Ken Stinnett Award Recipient.
Jeff Chonko, entering his first season with the Pit Spitters, has played at the Division I and III levels. Jeff started at the University of Dayton and recently graduated from Wittenberg University where he was a captain and versatile player on the field. Jeff was an integral part in the program as the Tigers earned respect across the conference during his playing career.
A native from Cleveland, Ohio, Chonko coached for OSF Baseball (18U) last summer in their inaugural season and led them to 20 wins and a tournament championship. Chonko specializes in catching and has a wealth of knowledge in hitting and outfield play.
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 awarded Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and 2016.