The Mile High Collegiate Baseball League is proud to announce the coaching staffs of its Colorado Springs and four Denver-based teams. Each MHCBL team boasts coaching personnel with extensive collegiate and professional baseball experience; offering its players the opportunity to learn from knowledgeable baseball-minds that understand what it takes to become elite-level baseball players.
Colorado Springs Renegades
Andrew Kachel, Head Coach— Offered a professional contract out of high school by the Tampa Bay Rays but declined in favor of a collegiate career. Andrew played collegiately for Northeastern Junior College, Montana State-Billings, and Colorado State University-Pueblo. Since ending his college baseball career, Andrew has coached for Springfield Sliders of the Prospect League, Colorado State-Pueblo, and currently serves as the Head Assistant Coach for Adams State University.
Kyle Sedlak, Assistant Coach— 2014 marks Kyle's first year as a coach in the MHCBL, but he brings with him copious college playing experience. Kyle was a two-way player (logging significant time at first base and in the outfield, while also serving as a pitcher) during his four-year playing career at Northeastern Junior College and Adams State University. During his two years at Adams State, Kyle ranked among team leaders in home runs and RBI, while also serving as team captain.
Byron Wiehe, Head Coach— Legendary head coach of Mesa State University, accumulating over 500 career victories over 19 seasons, ending his career as the winningest college coach in the history of Colorado. 39 of Coach Wiehe’s former players went on to sign professional contracts, demonstrating his incredible ability to prepare players for the next levels of baseball.
Todd Reynolds, Assistant Coach— Todd is entering his 3rd year as a coach in the MHCBL for the Denver Generals. He also currently serves as the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for Brighton High School; and is an investor/instructor at Bardo’s Diamond Sports in Parker Colorado. Coach Reynolds is also a private hitting instructor for all levels and ages, utilizing video to assist hitters in the break down and improvement of their swings.
Kent Gregory, Head Coach— Kent Gregory played D-I baseball at the University of Denver, followed by years of involvement in other areas of the game. Kent is in his 13th year as the Co-Director of the Pro-Pitching Showcase, which has featured players such as Roy Halladay and Brandon Nimmo. He has many years of coaching experience in collegiate summer baseball, during which he has earned two League Championships and two bids to the NBC College World Series. During that time, his rosters included more than 20 players who went on to play professional baseball. Kent has been a long-time hitting instructor and scout for multiple Major League organizations, including the New York Yankees for the past 11 years.
Steve Jones, Pitching Coach— Coach Jones currently serves as the Coordinator of Pitching Operations for Colorado Christian University. During his 3 year tenure at CCU, the Cougar pitching staff has made steady progress in various key performance areas. In 2012-2013, the Cougar Pitching Staff allowed the fewest single season hits, runs, earned runs and home runs in the history of the program. The 2012-2013 Pitching Staff also achieved the lowest staff ERA and the highest staff strikeout per 9 inning ratio in program history. Numerous players who have been developed under his guidance have gone on to play at all levels of collegiate baseball, including NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA institutions as well as in the professional ranks.
Robby Bales, Head Coach— Currently coaches at Thomas Jefferson High. Prior to joining TJ, he coached Hitstreak Colorado to the 2010 Connie Mack state title in the team's inaugural season. From 2006-2009, Bales was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Colorado Northwestern CC where he molded two of the best recruiting classes in the school's recent history. From 2005-2006, he assisted at Grand Junction HS (2005 5A State Champs) as well as running the Western Slope Golden Eagles summer and fall programs. Coach Bales spent time in the Los Angeles Angels’ farm system before injuries forced him to the coaching ranks.
Steve Spurgeon, Assistant Coach— Played Division I baseball for the University of the Pacific and the University of San Francisco respectively. Steve was named the Big West Pitcher of the Week during the 2006 season, and was named to the Big West All-Academic team that season as well. Coach Spurgeon followed his collegiate playing career with six seasons of professional baseball for various independent baseball teams, culminating in a contract with the Chicago White Sox.
J.L. Buchanan, Head Coach—A Greeley, Colorado native, Coach Buchanan has worked as a full-time coach, recruiter, and private baseball instructor. J.L has spent the past two years coaching with Greeley West High School, Greeley Gojos, the Greeley Grays, as well as a Seattle Mariners scout team during the fall seasons. J.L. Buchanan played his collegiate baseball at both Trinidad State Junior College and Colorado Christian University. J.L. was a one time all-region player, two time all-conference selection, and a four time all-academic award winner. Buchanan totaled over 40 homeruns, 50 doubles, and 200 RBI's by the finish of his collegiate career. J.L. went on to earn his Bachelor's Degree from Colorado Christian University as well as completing his Masters Degree in Coaching and Sports Science from the University of Northern Colorado.
Seve Carbajal, Assistant Coach— Colorado Christian University Assistant Coach Seve Carbajal returned to Colorado Christian Baseball in 2013 after a successful four-year career as a player with the Cougars. Prior to his return to CCU, Carbajal coached three seasons of baseball at the high school level. Two of those seasons were spent at Faith Christian in Arvada, where the FCA alumni served as a volunteer coach for the Eagles. Most recently, Carbajal coached at Denver’s Arrupe Jesuit High School, where he helped the Generals to their first-ever postseason appearance. A school-record four Arrupe athletes earned All-Conference honors the same season. As a player at CCU, Carbajal earned the school's all time records for walks, hit by pitch, and stolen bases in a career. Carbajal also received RMAC All-Conference and Academic All-Conference awards throughout his four years.
The MHCBL would like to congratulation its Director of Pitching Operations, Jason Hirsh, on becoming a part of ROOT Sports' Colorado Rockies television broadcasts.
Jason will provide pre and post-game analysis for many of the Rockies' home broadcasts, while also giving invaluable instruction to Mile High Collegiate Baseball League pitchers during the 2014 season.
The MHCBL is incredibly happy for Mr. Hirsh for earning this great opportunity. Congratulations Jason!
Kent Gregory played D-I baseball at the University of Denver, followed by years of involvement in other areas of the game. Kent is in his 13th year as the Co-Director of the Pro-Pitching Showcase. He has many years of coaching experience in college summer baseball, during which he has earned two League Championships and two bids to the NBC College World Series. During that time his rosters included more than 20 players who went on to play professional baseball. Kent has been a long-time hitting instructor and scout for multiple Major League organizations, including the New York Yankees for the past 11 years.
John Barnes played college baseball at the University of Northern Colorado for 4 years, was named All-Conference and played in the College World Series. He has since been inducted in the UNC Hall of Fame. He has been coaching for 34 years at both the high school and collegiate levels. He coached the Pueblo Chieftains semi-pro college team to 8 consecutive appearances in the NBC Tournament in Wichita, KS-- finishing 4th out of 65 teams one year. Several of his former players have gone on to sign professional baseball contracts.
Al Bleser is a veteran of professional baseball since 1984, serving as a territorial scout for the Milwaukee Brewers-- signing three players from Colorado to pro contracts during his tenure with the Brew Crew. In 1993, Al joined the Colorado Rockies Player Development Department as a minor league hitting coach and manager at the rookie level. While in the Arizona League and Northwest League, Al's teams won the 1997 NWL title in Portland, and led the league in hitting in 1998 & 1999.
Dave Dudley is the General Manager of the Runyon Sports Complex in Pueblo, Colorado; where he has played, coached or served as the GM for more than forty years. Dave played his college ball at Lamar Community College and finished up at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma; where he played for HOF coach Dr. Joe Record. Dudley is an associate scout for the Texas Rangers and oversees the Pueblo Collegians, as well as over 100 youth baseball teams under the Runyon Sports Complex umbrella.
Dr. Byron Wiehe brings more than 35 years of experience to the MHCBL. Coach Wiehe spent 19 years as the Head Coach at Mesa State, where 39 of his players signed professional contracts. He was selected as the Regional and RMAC coach of the year 11 times, and was a nominee for National Coach of the year once.