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.
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.
Patrick Perry, Head Coach—After putting together one of the best offensive seasons in the nation in 2004, posting the highest batting average in NCAA baseball, and setting the UNC Bears record for doubles, total bases, and RBI, Patrick was drafted in the 7th round of the MLB Amateur Draft by the Boston Red Sox. He subsequently spent five seasons in the Red Sox farm system, where he was elected team MVP in 2007 for the Worcester Tornadoes, and was named the Can-Am All-Star Player of the Month for the month of July, 2007. Since joining the UNC Bears coaching staff in 2010, Patrick has managed the Bears’ offense to a school record 39 triples in 2012 and an outstanding .291 batting average in 2013. The MHCBL is proud to offer its players Coach Perry’s incredible leadership and offensive skillset in 2014, from which they will undoubtedly gain greatly.
Kent Gregory, Assistant 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.
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.
Matt Mundfrom, Assistant/Pitching Coach—Coach Mundrom played his first two years of collegiate baseball for Trinidad State Junior College before going on to complete his playing career at Missouri Baptist University. Matt is a former Greeley Grey and has served as a Pitching Instructor for the last six years. Matt comes to the MHCBL after spending the 2013 summer coaching for the Regina Red Sox of Canada.
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.
Colorado Rockies owner, Dick Monfort, believes in the mission and execution of the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League, giving a generous endorsement of the emergent Colorado-based collegiate summer league:
"The MHCBL is a combination of passion and baseball, what else could you ask from a collegiate summer baseball program. Refine your baseball skills, improve your competitive mind set, and most of all have a great summer baseball experience."
The MHCBL is greatly appreciative of Mr. Monfort's kind words and significant endorsement. The MHCBL aims to set itself apart from its competitors locally and nationally by providing a high-quality baseball experience that puts the development and well-being of the college athlete first.
For more information on how you or your player can become a part of the 2014 MHCBL season, please visit our Recruiting Page.
Founded by former college coaches and professional baseball scouts, the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League approaches summer league baseball a little differently. Collegiate summer league baseball should not simply demand more games of its athletes and then send them back to their college programs worse for the wear.
We believe that college athletes should be given the opportunity to play with great competition while receiving instruction from high-quality coaches, thus increasing their chances of becoming exceptional baseball players. And, college players should be given the opportunity to play on a team with coaches who know what it takes to excel at the collegiate level or to move on to the professional ranks.
In the MHCBL, coaches will not just write out line-up cards. Players will be coached and taught new skills to supplement the skills they have already learned, and they will ultimately become better all-around baseball players. If our players put in the work, we believe they will benefit tremendously from their time with the MHCBL.
To become a part of the MHCBL, contact:
Kent Gregory Director of Player Personnel 720-220-5275