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Ben Krueger Benz Signature

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 BENZ PROGRAM IN 2017, SERVING AS DIRECTOR AND HEAD COACH SINCE INCEPTION. HE BUILT THE CASCADE COLLEGIATE LEAGUE IN 2019, WHERE HE SERVES AS COMMISSIONER AND MANAGER OF THE CCL SHOWCASE TEAM. KRUEGER BRIEFLY JOINED THE COACHING STAFF AT GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE IN JULY BEFORE ACCEPTING THE HEAD BASEBALL COACH POSITION FOR YAKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE IN SEPTEMBER. HE WAS THE RECRUITING COORDINATOR AND HEAD OF DATA ANALYTICS FOR YVC IN 2022 AFTER TWO SEASONS ON STAFF WITH EVERETT CC AND ONE WITH SHORELINE CC. UNDER HIS DIRECTION, OVER 100 BENZ PLAYERS HAVE MOVED ON TO PLAY COLLEGE BASEBALL, 20 CCL PLAYERS HAVE SIGNED CONTRACTS TO PLAY IN THE WEST COAST LEAGUE AND 4 COLLEGE PLAYERS HAVE BEEN DRAFTED OR SIGNED BY MLB ORGANIZATIONS.

Kelly Fitzpatrick

KELLY GRADUATED IN 2017 WITH A B.S. IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND 2019 WITH A MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AFTER A FOUR YEAR PLAYING CAREER WITH YAKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE, WHITWORTH AND WASHINGTON STATE. FITZPATRICK BRINGS WITH HIM 5 YEARS OF COLLEGIATE COACHING EXPERIENCE WITH STOPS AT SKAGIT VALLEY COLLEGE, WHITWORTH AND NOW YAKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE, WHERE HE WAS RECENTLY PROMOTED IN SEPTEMBER FROM PITCHING COACH TO ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH. A SPOKANE NATIVE, FITZPATRICK SERVED AS PITCHING COACH FOR THE YAKIMA VALLEY PIPPINS OF THE WEST COAST LEAGUE IN 2021 WHEN THEY REACHED THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. HE ALSO HAS MANAGERIAL EXPERIENCE IN THE CASCADE COLLEGIATE LEAGUE AS WELL AS THE TRAVEL BASEBALL CIRCUIT. IN HIS TIME AT YAKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE, KELLY HAS MOVED 22 PLAYERS ON TO FOUR YEAR SCHOOLS WITH 7 REACHING THE NCAA DIVISION I LEVEL. AT WHITWORTH, TWO OF HIS PITCHERS WERE SELECTED IN THE MLB DRAFT.

Mason Milkey

MASON GRADUATED IN 2022 WITH A B.S. IN ECONOMICS AND MINOR IN PSYCHOLOGY AFTER A FOUR YEAR PLAYING CAREER WITH WHITMAN COLLEGE, SERVING AS CAPTAIN HIS SENIOR YEAR. MILKEY CO-FOUNDED RS3SPORTS, A REMOTE TRAINING COMPANY FOR HIGH-LEVEL ATHLETES WHERE HE HAS TRAINED OVER 30 COLLEGE AND MINOR LEAGUE PITCHERS. HOLDING ALL DRIVELINE CERTIFICATIONS, MASON HAS SERVED AS A DRIVELINE ACADEMY COACH AND HAS ALSO TRAINED WITH TREAD ATHLETICS. IN 2022, MASON ACCEPTED A GRAD ASSISTANT COACHING POSITION WITH GONZAGA WHILE HE PURSUED HIS MASTER'S DEGREE IN SPORTS AND ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION. MILKEY WORKED UNDER COACH HARMON WITH GONZAGA'S PITCHERS IN THE AREAS OF PITCH DESIGN, WARM UP ROUTINES, PITCH SHAPES AND GRIPS, MECHANICS, MENTALITY AND POST THROW RECOVERY. IN FEBRUARY, MILKEY JOINED THE TEXAS RANGERS AS THEIR DSL PITCHING COACH WHILE TRANSITIONING INTO A PRO CONSULTANT ROLE FOR THE BENZ BOYS.

Keith Hessler Benz Signature Coordinator

KEITH JOINED THE BENZ BOYS AS PITCHING COACH IN 2021 AND WILL REMAIN ON STAFF AS OUR OFFSEASON PITCHING COORDINATOR IN 2023. 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 JOINED BENZ AFTER MANAGING IN THE CASCADE COLLEGIATE LEAGUE AND BEING HIRED BY EVERETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE AS PITCHING COACH IN 2020. KEITH WAS NAMED THE HEAD BASEBALL COACH FOR EVERETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN 2022.

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