JD EATON – INTERIM FIELD MANAGER

Johnnie “J.D.” Eaton joins the Bucks from Mobile, Alabama for his first season as the organization’s Third Base and Hitting Coach. Eaton played for Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in 2013, hitting .301 across 103 at-bats with 2 doubles, 1 home run and 5 stolen bases. He then transferred to Point University in 2014, slashing .329/.448/.367 with 1 double, 1 triple, and 10 steals in 37 games. Across 54 games in 2015 Eaton drove in 14, went 11-12 on steals, scored 27 runs, and reached base at a .352 clip.

JUSTIN MULVANEY – COACH

Justin Mulvaney begins his first season as the Bucks’ Bullpen Coach. He comes to Waterloo after a 4-year career at the University of Northern Colorado preceded by a stellar prep career at Arvada West High School. He lettered in baseball for three years, hitting at least .300 in all three seasons. He helped his school win league championship in 2014, while being named first team All-Conference 2014. He was also an All-Conference honorable mention in 2012 and 2013 and a first team All-State Academic in 2013. As a freshman in 2015 with the Bears he made an impact in both in the batter’s box and on the mound. He appeared in 31 total games, with 20 of them coming on the hill. He led the team in wins with 4, starting 1. He threw to a 5.46 ERA in 31.1 innings of work, striking out 18. As a hitter he had a .083 average, stole 2 bases in 4 attempts, and drove in three runs. In 2016 he made 19 appearances on the mound throughout the season. Mulvaney recorded an ERA of 3.97 in 34.0 innings pitched, striking out 20 and holding opponents to a .288 clip. He had 1 save on the season. As a junior he appeared in 17 games and was the starter in 3. He carried a 4-2 record in 21.0 innings with 12 strikeouts and 10 walks. In 2018, Mulvaney threw to the tune of a 4.80 ERA over 45.0 innings of relief, striking out 37 and holding opponents to a .236 batting average while notching 1 save.

TRAVIS WALDEN – COACH

Travis Walden joins the Bucks coaching staff for his first season as the Pitching Coach. Walden graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock where he helped lead the Plainsmen to the 1981 State Championship and later went on to Lubbock Christian University. While at LCU, Walden helped then LCU head coach Larry Hays win the 1983 NAIA National Championship. Following his tenure at LCU he played three seasons (1986-88) in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

He spent six years as an assistant baseball coach at Monterey High School in Lubbock before moving to Abilene where he was an assistant at Hardin Simmons for two seasons. After his two seasons at Hardin Simmons, he served as a Pitching Coach in the Texas Rangers organization and later as the Head Coach at Vernon Junior College for five years. Walden spent one season at Texas A&M where he served as the volunteer assistant. He then spent 2003 with the Southwest Texas Bobcats as their Pitching Coach. While at Southwest Texas, Walden led the Bearkat pitching staff to a 4.47 staff ERA last season on a squad that finished the year with a 30-28 overall record. On that staff, was Brandon Hankins who earned ABCA First-Team All-Region honors as he went 8-1 on the year with a 2.10 ERA.

Walden spent two seasons (2004-05) as the Pitching Coach at Texas Tech. He then served as the Head Coach for three years at Trinity Christian High School before taking over as Pitching Coach for Monterey High School, where he coached his son Blake. He has also coached in the Prospect League, where he was the last Manager of the DuPage Dragons.

WATERLOO BUCKS MANAGERIAL RECORDS
MANAGER RECORD AWARD YEAR
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
Andy Haines 52-76 2003-04
Jason Shockey 22-46 2005
Corey Allen 28-40 2006
Dan Fitzgerald 29-38 2007
Pete Lauritson 57-77 2008-09
Jason Nell 65-75 2010-11
Travis Kiewiet 130-81 2013 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS 2012-14
2013 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Tony Manville 31-41 2015
Scott Douglas 36-36 2016
Scott Douglas 39-33 2017