Head Coach - KYLE KRUSTANGEL
Kyle Krustangel is entering his third year as head coach of the Wenatchee AppleSox. Krustangel was named the fourth all-time coach of the AppleSox on Sept. 14, 2016.
In each of his two seasons at the helm of the AppleSox, Krustangel has had the AppleSox in playoff contention entering the final weekend of the regular season. In 2017, he led the AppleSox to a second-place finish in the North Division. During that season, pitcher Colby Nealy was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers and as a result became the first AppleSox player to play for Krustangel to be drafted.
Coach Krustangel is in the midst of his fourth year as the skipper of the Yakima Valley CC Yaks. He led the team to a NWAC-best 44-11 record and a second straight second-place finish in the NWAC Championship in 2018. Under Krustangel, outfielder and 2018 AppleSox player Johnny Sage won the Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year award after hitting .390 (fourth-best in the conference) and leading the league with 67 RBIs.
In his first year, the Yaks won the NWAC title for the 21st time in school history. The Yaks posted a 34-17 record and also won the NWAC East division with a 20-8 conference record. Coach Krustangel was named NWAC East coach of the year, NWAC coach of the year, and ABCA Regional coach of the year. Krustangel had eight players sign letter of intents and many more added to four-year rosters from the NWAC title team. Conner Anderson was an ABCA national Gold Glove winner for his defense at first base under Krustangel.
Krustangel took the reigns as head coach of the Yaks in 2015. The previous year, he was an assistant coach under Dan Ramsay at Whitworth University. Krustangel was the hitting coach and helped with baseball operations. Whitworth finished with its second-best record in school history, earning an NCAA regional birth in Texas. Whitworth was the NWC tournament champion and had one player sign with the Texas Rangers. Krustangel served as the team’s camp and tournament director as well.
From 2011-14, Krustangel was the head varsity baseball coach at Bridgeport High School. Bridgeport had two playoff appearances under Krustangel and in 2014 Krustangel was voted Coach of the Year.
From 2012-15, Krustangel was the head coach of the Spokane Bandits AAA American Legion team. The Bandits have won league championships every year under Krustangel and earned a state tournament berth in each of the last two years. In 2015, the Bandits finished 27 games over .500 and finished third at State.
Krustangel also was the head coach of the Cranbrook Bandits in Cranbrook, BC for two seasons, and was also the associate head coach of the NE 49ers for two seasons. He has worked the last seven years as a camp director of the Whitworth NIKE camps and was the lead director last year.
As a player, Krustangel attended Joel E. Ferris High School and was a four-time baseball letter winner and two-time ALL-GSL selection for baseball and football. He played one year at Big Bend CC and transferred to Whitworth University where he was two-time All-NWC. He also played one summer in the WCL for the Spokane Riverhawks.
Krustangel graduated from Whitworth with a Secondary Ed degree with a major in History and minor in ESL. He taught for three years at Bridgeport High School.
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Assistant Coach - CASH ULRICH
Cash Ulrich is entering his third year as an assistant coach for the AppleSox. Ulrich was was named an assistant coach on March 30, 2017.
Ulrich is no stranger to working with Krustangel. Currently, the two coach together at Yakima Valley CC, and the duo helped bring an NWAC Championship to the school during their first season at YVCC in 2016.
Ulrich coached the Spokane Bandits AAA American Legion team in the summer of 2017, and is a native of Spokane, Wash. He graduated from Eastern Washington University, and was previously the head coach of the Eagles.
He coached at Gonzaga Prep High School for three years and also coached for Prep’s summer legion program, before he was named the head coach of the Eastern Washington baseball team.
In the past twenty-six years, Eastern has made the playoffs three times, all three while Cash was the head coach. He coached seven players who earned All-American honors during his four seasons at Cheney, Wash.
Pitching Coach - TYLER VONDRACEK
Tyler VonDracek is entering his first season as the AppleSox pitching coach. VonDracek was hired on Feb. 26, 2019.
This will be VonDracek’s second summer coaching in the West Coast League after serving as an assistant pitching coach for the Cowlitz Black Bears last summer.
VonDracek has ample experience working alongside Krustangel and Ulrich, having spent the last four seasons with them at Yakima Valley College. This past season, he was promoted from assistant pitching coach to the head pitching coach position.
Since joining the Yaks in 2016, VonDracek has been an instrumental part of the teams’ recent success. In his three years as an assistant pitching coach there, the team has posted a 3.09 ERA and won the NWAC in his first season.
VonDracek played at Yakima Valley College for two seasons (2011-13) and was a two-year starter. He went on to play at Whitworth University for his remaining two years. In his senior year, Whitworth won the NWC tournament and went to the NCAA Regional in Texas for only the second time in school history. VonDracek graduated from Whitworth with a degree in Kinesiology.
In the summer of 2015, VonDracek was the pitching coach of the Spokane Bandits AAA Senior American Legion team that was head coached by Krustangel. The team was 27 games over .500 and finished 3rd in the Washington State Tournament.