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STAFF

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BEN GRADUATED IN 2015 WITH A B.S. IN MANAGEMENT/MARKETING AFTER A FOUR YEAR PLAYING CAREER WITH YAKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE AND OREGON TECH. KRUEGER FOUNDED THE MERCEDES-BENZ PROGRAM IN 2017, WHERE HE CURRENTLY SERVES AS PROGRAM DIRECTOR AND MANAGER OF BOTH THE FALL SCOUT AND COLLEGE PREP TEAMS. HE FOUNDED THE CASCADE COLLEGIATE LEAGUE IN 2019, WHERE HE ALSO SERVES AS COMMISSIONER AND MANAGER OF THE CCL SHOWCASE TEAM. KRUEGER ENTERS HIS SECOND SEASON WITH EVERETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN 2020 AND FIRST AS ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH. UNDER HIS DIRECTION, OVER 50 BENZ PLAYERS HAVE MOVED ON TO PLAY COLLEGE BASEBALL AND 16 CCL PLAYERS HAVE SIGNED CONTRACTS TO PLAY IN THE WEST COAST LEAGUE.

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COACH LACINA RETURNS FOR HIS THIRD YEAR AND FIRST AS ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH FOR THE BENZ BOYS IN 2020. LACINA EARNED ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS THREE OF HIS FOUR VARSITY SEASONS WITH VASHON ISLAND. HE CONTINUED HIS NWAC PLAYING CAREER AT GREEN RIVER CC IN 2014, FINISHING SECOND ON THE TEAM IN RBI AND THIRD IN HITTING. LACINA EARNED AN ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP TO JOIN NAIA POWERHOUSE STERLING COLLEGE IN KANSAS IN 2017 WHERE HE FINISHED HIS PLAYING CAREER IN 2019. RECENTLY HIRED AS EVERETT CC'S CATCHING COACH, EZRA'S HANDS-ON APPROACH GIVES PLAYERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN THE GAME FROM A VERY HIGH LEVEL.

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COACH HESSLER JOINS THE BENZ BOYS AS PITCHING COACH IN 2021. A NATIVE OF WASHINGTON, D.C., HE PLAYED COLLEGE BASEBALL AT COASTAL CAROLINA UNIVERSITY. HE WAS DRAFTED BY THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS IN THE 28TH ROUND OF THE 2010 MLB DRAFT, MAKING HIS DEBUT AUGUST 8TH, 2015. HESSLER MADE 20 APPEARANCES FOR ARIZONA OVER TWO SEASONS BEFORE LOGGING 15 FOR THE SAN DIEGO PADRES IN 2016. HESSLER JOINS BENZ AFTER MANAGING IN THE CASCADE COLLEGIATE LEAGUE AND BEING HIRED BY EVERETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE AS PITCHING COACH IN 2020.