WENATCHEE - Wenatchee AppleSox head coach Kyle Krustangel is calling it quits after three seasons with the storied franchise. Krustangel cites the “grueling” calendar year between both coaching the Yakima Valley Yaks of the NWAC and then the AppleSox in the summer as the reason for his decision.
“First off, I want to thank all the fans, season-ticket holders and host families,” Krustangel said. “I’d also like to thank team owner Jose Oglesby, general manager Ken Osborne, assistant general manager Allie Schank and every single person that has made my wife, Katie, and I feel at home. It’s been an unbelievable three years to work for an arms-open community. It’s one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make. Having this job in addition to my Yakima Valley College head-coaching job makes it tough to stay championship-caliber at both places. I didn’t want to only give 80-percent to both organizations, I wanted to give 100-percent and be all-in. I didn’t feel that I could give that by continuing to coach both team. It’s been exciting to see the new direction that the organization is going under Jose’s ownership and it was a pleasure getting to the know all the great people of the Wenatchee Valley.”
As head coach, Krustangel earned 83 wins, which is the second-most in AppleSox coaching history and in 2019, the team set single-season WCL team records in home runs (36), RBI (275), stolen bases (102), runs (348) and consecutive home wins (12).
“We’d like to thank Coach Kyle for his three years with the AppleSox,” Osborne said. “I was very proud of the young men who he brought in. They not only were exceptional ballplayers, but also great people off the field that represented the organization well. Returning to the playoffs was a huge goal for that and we were thrilled to get there this past season. We understand his decision and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
AppleSox management has begun the search for the fifth head coach in team history.