Head Coach - KYLE KRUSTANGEL
Kyle Krustangel was named the fourth all-time coach of the Wenatchee AppleSox, Sept. 14, 2016.
The Current head coach at Yakima Valley Community College, Krustangel took over at YVCC last season, after previously serving as an assistant coach at Whitworth University for one year. He also was the Head Coach of the Spokane Bandits (AAA American Legion) for four seasons, and the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Bridgeport High School for two seasons.
As a player, Krustangel was a 2009 member of the Spokane RiverHawks, and played for three seasons at Whitworth University, where he owned a career .325 batting average and was named to the NWC all-conference team two times.
Prior to his time as a Whitworth Pirate, Krustangel played at Big Bend Community College for one season, after graduating from Ferris High School in Spokane in 2006.
Krustangel began his coaching career while still in college, coaching youth ages 14-19 each summer from 2009-2012. He took over a baseball program at Bridgeport High School, near Brewster, that had just 12 players to its name. By 2014, Krustangel’s program totaled 41 players with full varsity and junior-varsity teams. Bridgeport made playoff appearances in 2013 and 2014, and Krustangel was the 2014 NWC Coach of the Year. He also was the head football coach for two seasons, and taught ESL and history for three years.
Krustangel’s AAA Legion Bandits, who he played for growing up, acheived 2013 and 2014 League Championships under his direction. They also participated in the 2014 state competition.
At Whitworth University, serving as a hitting, catching, and corner infield coach, the Pirates won the 2015 NWAC Tournament, and earned an NCAA Regional appearance for just the second time in school history. His hitters accumulated a .305 team batting average.
Last season, at YVCC, the Yaks set the NWAC Tournament record with 27-scoreless innings to open tournament play. One of his players went on to win an ABCA Gold Glove, and twelve of his sophomores moved on to four-year schools, while the team attained a 3.05 GPA.
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