Bells and Sox Name New Head Coaches

Founding West Coast League members the Bellingham Bells and Wenatchee AppleSox recently made head coaching changes.

Yesterday, the Sox introduced Kyle Krustangel of Yakima Valley CC as the club’s fourth head coach. He replaces A.J. Proszek.

Kyle guided the Yaks to a NWAC championship in his first season as head coach at YVCC. The Whitworth grad joins an organization that has accumulated five WCL titles since 2005.

Greg Goetz, currently the Director of Baseball Operations at Seattle University, was announced as the Bells new head coach on September 1. He replaces Mike Gange as Bellingham’s skipper. Gange recently accepted a full-time assistant coaching positon at Pacific University.

Bellingham has appeared in the WCLCS two of the last three seasons, and captured its first WCL crown in 2014.

ABOUT THE WEST COAST LEAGUE

The West Coast League is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 12-year-old, 11-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest features pro prospects from major conferences across the nation and an unparalleled history out west of great fan and player experiences in addition to the best summer weather in North America. In 2016, 88 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB June draft, and more than 230 WCL alums have appeared in affiliated professional baseball this summer including 27 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore), 2015 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy (Tampa Bay) and rising star pitchers Matt Andriese (Tampa Bay), Matt Boyd (Detroit) and James Paxton (Seattle). Overall member attendance exceeded 400,000 in 2015.