By Yoos, Cam on November 27, 2019.
Lethbridge Bulls will have a new, yet familiar, face calling the shots next spring when the Western Canadian Baseball League season begins.
Kregg Snook, who pitched with the Lethbridge Bulls in the 2014 and 2016 seasons, was name the team’s new head coach on Tuesday.
“It is a special privilege to be named the head coach of the Bulls, and I’m very excited to come back and continue to build on the winning ways that I was fortunate enough to be apart of as a player,” Snook told the Bulls’ website.
Snook replaces Jesse Sawyer as coach, who was an assistant coach when Snook last wore the Bulls’ colours.
“The way the coaching staff was, as well as everything about the Bulls organization, was a big reason that I wanted to come back when I was able to in 2016, where I had the chance to play for coach Ryan McDonald, and meet coach Jesse Sawyer.”
Snook is currently the third base coach at Arizona Western College and was recently the head coach of the Martinsville Mustangs of the Coastal Plain League last summer.
Snook also played his college career at the University of Arkanas at Monticello.
“This will be my sixth year in collegiate summer baseball and I am definitely confident that I can help young men navigate the ups and downs that a summer will bring, as well as creating a clubhouse environment that will allow guys to be themselves and develop as men, not just baseball players,” said Snook.
“This school year I am at Arizona Western College, where I work with the catchers, pitchers, and hitters, as well as coach third base. This past summer I was the head coach of the Martinsville Mustangs.”
Snook first arrived in Lethbridge in 2014 because of teammates at Arkansas-Monticello who had already spent time with the Bulls.
“Our shortstop, Evan Comeau, and I had the best host family, Tim and June Greenlee, who I still keep in touch with.
“The connection that we made with our host family is one of the greatest things to me about Lethbridge, and what is very exciting to me about the returners that I have talked to as well – wanting to come back and stay with the same host families. A lot of guys that I played with are still around Lethbridge, so that is important and a cool thing for me to come back to in the community.”
Snook hopes the experience gained in Lethbridge as a player, and his recent college coaching duties, can help lay the groundwork for a successful WMBL season.
“I’m expecting a good mix of returnees, as well as some new guys that can come in and help the Bulls be a threat to win the division, as well as make a run at winning the league.”