Field Manager Casey Harms | On April 24, 2020, the Waterloo Bucks announced Casey Harms will return as the team’s Field Manager in 2020. Harms, who enters his second season with the ballclub, led Waterloo to the Northwoods League Playoffs in 2019, winning the Great Plains East Subdivision First Half Championship.
“I’m excited to be back this summer as the field manager for the Waterloo Bucks,” said Harms. “I look forward to building on the momentum from last year’s Northwoods Division Championship and playoff run. We will return some fan-favorite All-Stars from last year’s Championship team as well as introduce a competitive roster of exciting new players from across the country. I appreciated the hospitality from the fans and working with each member of the organization last season. I know they are working hard to bring a
nother great summer of baseball to the Cedar Valley. I can’t wait to get back to Waterloo for Bucks baseball!”
In 2019 under Harms, the Bucks made their first trip to the postseason since 2013, finishing their first-half title run with a 20-16 record. Waterloo ended the season with a 34-35 overall record, a 14-game improvement in the win column from the 2018 season. With Harms in the dugout, the Bucks sent four players to the NWL All-Star Game and had two players representing Waterloo on the Postseason NWL All-Star Team.
Harms is currently the Associate Head Coach at Santa Barbara City College. Before joining the Vaqueros coaching staff, Harms had been a coach with UC Santa Barbara for six years, helping them to three NCAA Regionals, one Super Regional, and the first College World Series appearance in school history. Harms also has summer-collegiate experience, coaching for the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League in 2014.
Before entering the coaching profession, Harms was an outfielder and three-year captain at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Harms earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology from Occidental in 2012 and earned a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in 2016. He and his wife Samantha currently reside in Santa Barbara, California.
Coach Matt Perea | Matt Perea, a former pitcher for Waterloo in 2017 & ‘18, returns to the organization for his second season as the pitching coach for the Bucks.
Matt Perea completed his first season as the Washington State graduate assistant after working the 2019 season as a student assistant at New Mexico State where he helped the Aggies to a Western Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship.
Perea was a two-year letterwinner as a left-handed pitcher at New Mexico State (2017-18) where he made 23 appearances, mostly out of the bullpen as a senior and helped the Aggies to a NCAA Regional appearance. As a junior in 2017, Perea led NMSU with 17 appearances out of the bullpen. Prior to NMSU, Perea played two seasons at Dodge City Community College (Kan.) where he set season and career records in both wins and ERA, and helped DCCC reach the JUCO World Series as a freshman in 2015.
Perea is a native of El Paso, Texas where he played at Cathedral High School and later earned his bachelor’s degree in general studies from New Mexico State.
Coach Freddy Smith | Fred Smith completed his first season as the Matadors’ director of player development in 2020. Smith returned to CSUN after playing two seasons with the Matadors from 2016-17.
A standout infielder with the Matadors, Smith played at second base his junior season and moved over to shortstop in his senior campaign. He played in all 110 games for the Matadors from 2016-17, batting .291 with 134 hits, 65 runs, 48 RBI, 23 walks and 22 doubles to go with a .970 fielding percentage.
Prior to CSUN, Smith played twoseasons at El Camino College as the team’s shortstop where he earned first-team all-conference honors each year. Smith also played baseball and football at Redondo Union High School. He earned all-league and all-city honors multiple times with the Redondo Union baseball team and helped the Sea Hawks win a league championship in 2011.
Coach Aidan Wirshing | Aidan completed a season as the Undergraduate Manager at UC Santa Barbara in 2020. He is bringing his talents to Waterloo and will be a great asset to the coaching staff this summer.
Wirshing is from Topanga, CA and has spent the last few years at Santa Barbara City College helping lead the Vaqueros baseball team. He played his high school ball at Palisades High School before heading to Santa Barbara.
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|Darrell Handelsman||160-108||1999 – 2ND HALF CHAMPS||1999-2002|
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|Travis Kiewiet||130-81||2013 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS||2012-14|
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|Casey Harms||34-35||2019 – 1ST HALF CHAMPS||2019|
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