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 2021, 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

Originally from Logansport, IN, Waddups graduated from Pioneer High School in 2016. There, as team captain, he earned accolades all four years as an infielder and pitcher. In his senior season, he was named an Indiana North All-Star and set numerous Pioneer baseball records, including ERA (0.33 in 2016, 0.86 in career), home runs (17 in career), wins (11 in 2016, 31 in career), and other school bests. After high school, Waddups went on to pitch at Anderson University for Dustin Glant, current pitching coach at Indiana University, before transferring to Taylor University following his freshman campaign. During his freshman and sophomore years of college, Waddups played summer baseball for the Kokomo Jackrabbits. He has experienced many years of travel baseball and has been able to work alongside several well-respected coaches from the high school level through the professional ranks.

Waddups graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sport management & coaching. He currently serves as the pitching coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio, where he is working towards a master’s degree in management. Waddups has experience as the pitching coach for the Kokomo Jackrabbits in 2021 where he worked closely with Evan Elliot, a pitching standout who was drafted by the Texas Rangers, as well as experience coaching travel baseball at the high school level.

A native of Traverse City, Wila graduated from Aquinas College where he played from 2012-2016. During his time at Aquinas, Wila was the 2016 Dennis Molnar Award recipient, maintained the single season triples record, and had a batting average of .315 against Coach Rebandt’s Davenport pitching staff. After graduation, Wila began his coaching career at Aquinas where he still serves as the assistant coach/ recruiting coordinator.

 

During his time coaching, Aquinas has had three 1st Team All-Conference performers on offense, two 2nd Team All-Conference performers, and, has led the team to set a new BBCOR run record in 2021. A familiar face, Wila acted as the hitting coach for the Great Lakes Resorters in 2020 where he coached 2021 MLB Draft pick Seth Halvorsen.

Reid begins his fourth season in Traverse City, having joined Manager Josh Rebandt for the Pit Spitters inaugural season in 2019 and helping coach the team to back to back Northwoods Leagues titles.  Known to his players as Coach T, Reid brings a wealth of experience to the dugout with over 500 career wins as the all-time winningest coach at both Eastern Nazarene (NCAA D3) and Olivet Nazarene (NAIA) University.  He was named Conference Coach of Year in 2004 and 2016 and has seen dozens that he has coached go on to play professionally including 2013 MLB draft pick Ben Heller, who was Reid’s first former player to reach the big leagues when he debuted for the New York Yankees in 2016. 

Reid and Rebandt first coached together at Olivet Nazarene where the two led the Tigers to a conference championship and NAIA National Tournament appearance in 2016.  After the 2019 season Reid stepped down from his head coaching role at ONU to lead the Sport Management and Rec. Sports programs and is currently a degree candidate in the Global Sport Leadership Doctoral program at East Tennessee State University.   That summer he re-united with his former pitching coach, switching roles to work for Rebandt in Traverse City.

Reid is married to Wendy Reid, Director of Athletics at Trinity Christian College in Palos Height, IL and has three daughters; Maddux, Mia, and Montana, and a dog, Mookie.  They reside in Bourbonnais, IL near the campus of Olivet Nazarene where he teaches.