Waterloo, IA – The Waterloo Bucks have announced that they have hired Aaron Rea as a coach for the 2015 season. Rea (pronounced RAY), who is currently an assistant coach at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, joins field manager Tony Manville and coach Connor Duckhorn to form Waterloo’s coaching staff for the team’s 21st season of play.
"I am extremely excited about the opportunity to join the Bucks organization and Tony Manville's staff this coming summer,” said Rea. “I hope to help maintain and add to the Bucks winning tradition in this great league."
Originally from Lawrence, Kansas, Rea is in his first year as an assistant coach at Coffeyville CC. Rea graduated from Emporia State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
"I am very excited to have Aaron on our staff this summer,” said Manville. “He brings with him a ton of energy and passion for the game, which is needed to coach in a league like this one. He will work with outfielders and catchers and hold first base coaching responsibilities. As a young coach, Aaron has already seen success at the collegiate level and will be a great addition to the Waterloo family."
Born January 21, 1991, Rea started his collegiate career at Cowley Community College where he was a first team All-Jayhawk Conference selection as a sophomore. Rea played at Wichita State University for a season before finishing his playing days at Emporia State.
The Bucks will open the 2015 season on the road versus the Alexandria Blue Anchors on May 26, but return to Waterloo for their home opener versus the Mankato MoonDogs on May 28. Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks in the off-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 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 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 (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.