Waterloo’s Kiewiet Reaches Managerial Milestone
Waterloo, Iowa – In his third year guiding the Waterloo Bucks, Travis Kiewiet is quickly moving up the ranks as one of the best field managers in Northwoods League history. Thursday night, he reached a personal milestone.
Kiewiet recorded his 100th career victory when the Bucks beat Eau Claire, 5-4, on the road. His overall record now stands at 100-63, following the win over the Express.
Kiewiet has been with the Bucks since 2008. He was a Waterloo coach for four years before being named the team's ninth manager prior to the 2012 season. Kiewiet becomes the third skipper to win at least 100 games with the club, joining Eric Snider and Darrell Handelsman.
Snider is Waterloo's all-time winningest manager, compiling a 161-86 record while guiding the Bucks from their inaugural 1995 campaign through 1998. Handelsman replaced Snider and managed the club to a 160-108 mark from 1999 to 2002.
Kiewiet is the 18th manager to record triple-digit career wins in the Northwoods League and currently ranks 18th in all-time league victories. He will move into a 17th-place tie on the managerial list with Waterloo's next win. Kiewiet is eight victories away from becoming the 14th winningest field manager in Northwoods League history.
Kiewiet's milestone victory at Eau Claire Thursday came on a night when the Bucks extended their winning streak to a season-high six games. Waterloo is 15-9 overall and is currently in third-place in the North Division standings, 2 1/2 games out of first-place.
Kiewiet earned NWL Manager-of-the-Year honors in 2013 after guiding the Bucks to a league-record 51 regular-season victories. Waterloo won both half-season titles in the North Division last season and made its first playoff appearance since 2002.
The Bucks open a four-game home stand at 7:05 tonight, hosting the Duluth Huskies at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo. For more information, call the Bucks’ Ticket Line at (319) 232-5633. All 72 games may be heard on 1330 AM ESPN (KWLO). Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks during the season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com.
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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21stseason of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.