Field Manager Ryan Gaynor | On May 25, 2021, the Waterloo Bucks announced they had hired Ryan Gaynor as the Waterloo’s Field Manager. Gaynor is currently the Pitching Coach at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and was the Pitching Coach in 2020 for the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in the Northwoods League.
Gaynor started his baseball career as a baseball operations assistant for the University of California in 2013 before moving to professional baseball where he was part of the Milwaukee Brewers’ Player Development Department in 2014, being assigned Milwaukee’s Triple-A club in Nashville. Gaynor’s pro ball career continued with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2015, working four of his five seasons there as the Player Development Coordinator of Minor League Video. In 2019, Gaynor moved back to collegiate baseball, crossing paths with Harms at Santa Barbara City College as the team’s Volunteer Assistant Coach. Gaynor was named the Pitching Coach at UAPB prior to the 2020 season. A 2012 graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Gaynor is a native of Chicago, Illinois.
“I am beyond excited to join the Waterloo organization,” said Gaynor. “Everyone has welcomed me with open arms, and I cannot wait to be involved in the community, with the fans, and the host families. Baseball in the Midwest means everything to families, and I am eager to continue what Casey Harms and the organization have been building.”
Assistant Coach Freddy Smith | Freddy Smith returns to the Cedar Valley for a second season after serving as Waterloo’s Infield and Third Base Coach in 2020, helping the Bucks lead the Northwoods League in OPS and fielding percentage while landing second in batting average and home runs. Smith currently serves as the Director of Player Development at Cal State Northridge, a position he has held since the 2020 season. CSUN has gone 30-21 in his time as a coach with the program. He played four years of collegiate baseball, earning First Team All-South Coast Conference in each of his two seasons at El Camino College before spending his junior and senior campaigns as Cal State Northridge’s starting shortstop. Smith started 183 games, slashing .302/.351/.399 with 114 runs scored, 39 doubles, 10 triples, five homers, 102 RBI and 40 stolen bases. Notably, Smith fielded better than .970 over two years as CSUN’s starting shortstop and struck out in a miniscule 8.5% of his collegiate plate appearances.
Assistant Coach Tyler Willis | Tyler Willis has served as the Hitting Coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa since the 2019 season where he has guided the Dutch to two American Rivers Conference Tournament appearances. In his first season at Central, Willis had three players earn All-American Rivers Conference honors and one earn an ABCA Third Team All-Central Region nod. Ten of his student-athletes hit better than .300 and the Dutch carried a .292 team batting average, the program’s highest mark since 2014. Prior to his time at Central College, Willis spent two seasons as the Graduate Assistant Coach at Simpson College and worked with the University of Minnesota’s Gopher Baseball camps in 2017. Willis played four seasons of collegiate baseball at Wartburg College in Waverly, playing in 100 games with a .277 lifetime batting average, 64 runs scored, 10 doubles, 44 RBI and 20 steals. He drew walks at a 12.2% clip as a collegiate player and never posted a fielding percentage below .972 as an everyday starter in the infield.
Assistant Coach Aidan Wirshing Aidan Wirshing served as the Bucks’ First Base Coach in 2020, guiding Waterloo to the Minnesota-Iowa Pod Championship. Under his tutelage, Waterloo’s second baseman Jalen Smith earned the Northwoods League’s Big Stick award and Xane Washington was named a Rawlings Finest in the Field winner in the outfield. He presently serves as an Assistant Coach and Director of Analytics at Santa Barbara City College, where he coaches current Bucks players Blake Corsentino and Gabe Baldovino. Wirshing spent 2020 as a student assistant at UC-Santa Barbara following a two-year playing career at Santa Barbara City College.
|WATERLOO BUCKS MANAGERIAL RECORDS|
|Eric Snider||161-86||1996 – NWL CHAMPIONSHIP, 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS||1995-98|
|1996 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR|
|1997 – NWL RUNNERS UP, 2ND HALF CHAMPS|
|1998 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS|
|Darrell Handelsman||160-108||1999 – 2ND HALF CHAMPS||1999-2002|
|2000 – NWL RUNNERS-UP, 1ST HALF CHAMPS|
|2000 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR|
|2001 – 1ST HALF CHAMPS|
|2001 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR|
|2002 – NWL CHAMPIONSHIP, 2ND HALF CHAMPS|
|Travis Kiewiet||130-81||2013 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS||2012-14|
|2013 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR|
|Casey Harms||62-48||2019 – 1ST HALF CHAMPS||2019-20|
|2020 – MINNESOTA-IOWA REGION CHAMPIONSHIP|
|* Interim Manager|