Field Manager Ryan Gaynor | On March 2, 2022, the Waterloo Bucks have announced Ryan Gaynor would return for his second season as the team’s Field Manager. After being announced as Waterloo’s skipper a week before the start of the 2021 season, Gaynor led the ballclub to a 42-25 record, winning both Great Plains East First and Second Half titles and sweeping the Duluth Huskies in the 2021 Great Plains East Subdivisional Series to claim the Great Plains East Championship.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to the Waterloo community in 2022,” said Gaynor. “The support the community provides us makes this one of the best places to be during the summer. With the returners we have, we can’t wait to get on the field and take care of some unfinished business.”
Finishing the First Half of Northwoods League play with a 23-11 record, the Bucks won the First Half title by 10 games, securing their spot in the postseason for the second consecutive non-Covid year. Waterloo went on to win the Second Half with a 19-14 record, claiming both halves of play for the first time since 2013 and third time overall. In the playoffs, Gaynor led the Bucks to their first postseason win since the 2002 Northwoods League Championship game.
“I’m ecstatic to announce that Ryan Gaynor is coming back for another summer in the Cedar Valley,” said Bucks General Manager Dan Corbin. “After being hired by the organization just prior to the start of last season, Ryan achieved a lot of success on the field, and we are excited to continue to build off that. We have been putting together a very capable group of players who will call Cost Cutters Field at Riverfront Stadium home this summer!”
Under Gaynor’s leadership, the Bucks placed three players in the NWL All-Star Game, six on the NWL Major League Dreams Showcase roster, and three on the NWL Postseason All-Star Team. Waterloo’s bats finished the regular season on top of the Northwoods, producing the second-highest scoring season in franchise history and leading the league in batting average (.277), runs scored (461), runs per game (6.91), and on-base percentage (.388) while landing second in both run differential (+136) and OPS (.749).
Gaynor is currently an assistant coach at George Washington University. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Gaynor started his baseball career as a baseball operations assistant for the University of California in 2013 before moving to professional ball 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 the college ranks with Santa Barbara City College as the team’s volunteer assistant coach followed by a year as the pitching coach at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2021. Gaynor is a 2012 graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Interim Field Manager Tyler Willis | Tyler Willis returns to the Bucks for his second season in 2022. Currently an assistant coach at Simpson College, Willis previously worked at Central College as their hitting coach. While in Pella, Willis had three players earn all-conference honors and one tally ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Third Team honors. He was part of a coaching staff that guided the Dutch to two conference tournament appearances.
The Waverly, Iowa native obtained a master’s of science degree in criminal justice from Simpson in 2020 and a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and sport management from Wartburg in 2016.
Coach Jack Donahue | The most recent addition to the 2022 Bucks staff, Jack Donahue joins after his first season as an assistant at Mineral Area College. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in applied math and computer science, Donahue is now working towards his master’s degree at Mineral Area College in athletic administration.
As a player, Donahue played two seasons each at Des Moines Area Community College and UW-Stout. As a pitcher with Stout he acquired a career 3.65 ERA going 8-6 over two seasons for the Blue Devils. Donahue will help the pitching staff for the Bucks this season.
Coach Joey Rosenblum | Joey Rosenblum joins the 2022 Bucks coaching staff after spending the regular season as the head coach of YULA High School in Los Angeles. Rosenblum just finished his first season as the head coach of YULA after spending the previous year as the assistant coach.
Rosenblum earned a degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where, as a student, he continued his love of baseball as the president of the UCSB Club Baseball team.
“I’m extremely excited to coach the Bucks this summer! This is my first-time coaching in the Midwest and I’m ready for the journey. The end goal is to win a ring.” Rosenblum said.
|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|
|Ryan Gaynor||42-25||2021 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS||2021|
|2021 – GREAT PLAINS EAST CHAMPS|
|* Interim Manager|