Kirk Shrider- Field Manager

Kirk Shrider has been named the new field manager of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters for the 2021 season. Shrider assisted Craig Noto, the winningest manager in Rafters’ history, for the last two summers. Noto was recently promoted as the new head coach at Wagner College. Shrider also served under Noto in 2016 and 2017 helping the Rafters to their first Northwoods League championship in 2016 and the historic 52 win 2017 season.  Shrider previously served as the field manager for the then Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League in 2018 before coming over to Wisconsin Rapids.

Shrider served as assistant coach at Hope International University (Fullerton, CA) from 2015-2019. Shrider has previous summer collegiate baseball coaching experience in the Western Baseball Association in California and Gold Coast Collegiate League in Florida. He was also a Southern California high school baseball coach for eight years. Before entering coaching he served as a scout including from 1993 to 1995 for the Milwaukee Brewers.

John Halama- Associate Head Coach

John Halama returns to Wisconsin Rapids for the 2021 season. He was the pitching coach in 2015 and during the Rafters’ 2016 Northwoods League championship season. Halama most recently was the pitching coach for the AZL Padres, the rookie ball affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Halama is a former MLB pitcher. He played for seven teams over nine seasons. With the Seattle Mariners, Halama posted a 4.22 ERA in 1999 and 14 wins in 2000, both career bests. Halama started two games in the 2000 ALCS against the New York Yankees allowing only three runs over 9.1 innings. He was a 23rd round pick by the Houston Astros in 1994 out of St. Francis College in his hometown of Brooklyn.

Bobby Holley- Hitting Coach

Bobby Holley enters his first season in Wisconsin Rapids as the hitting coach and third base coach for the Rafters. Holley is a former infielder for the UCLA Bruins and was drafted in the 40th round of the MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He would play at a variety of different levels in the minors including at the Triple-A level with the Calgary Cannons and Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League. 

Holley currently serves a scout for the Atlanta Braves and is a baseball instructor and coach in the greater Atlanta area. His son Reeve plays baseball at Cal Baptist and is on the 2021 Rafters squad.

 

Austin Heenan- Pitching Coach

Austin Heenan is in his second year in Rapids as Rafters’ pitching coach. Heenan serves as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Salisbury University in Maryland. Heenan helped guide the Seagulls to their first NCAA D3 national championship in spring 2021. Heenan is a former pitcher at Salisbury graduating in 2018.