Coaches

Director of Baseball and Head Coach – Bucks AA – Garrett Schultz

Coach Garrett Schultz takes over as the 2018 Director and Head Coach of Bozeman Legion Baseball. Schultz enters his 7th year coaching legion baseball, and 2nd year in the Bucks program. He was part of last year’s program-wide success, where he led the Bucks “A” squad to a much-improved 4th place conference and district finish. Schultz previously served as the head coach in Belgrade, where his squad won a conference and district championship 2011. He also served as an assistant coach in Gillette, WY, where he helped the team reach a 2014 Wyoming State Championship.

Schultz brings a competitive mentality to the director position. “I am excited to continue to develop young men of integrity and build a perennially competitive program that represents our Bozeman Community and Post 14 well. I’m grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to getting on the diamond.”

Schultz caught for two years for NAIA College of Idaho, as well as one season in the Boise Collegiate Summer League. He is a local Belgrade, MT product, playing his legion career for the Bandits. He currently works as a civil engineer for Morrison-Maierle and resides in Bozeman with his wife Jessica, and three sons, Weston, Cannon, and Kayson.

Assistant Coach – Bucks AA – Sean Potkay

Coach Sean Potkay rejoins the Bucks program for the 2018 season as an assistant for the AA program, where his focus will primarily be with hitters and corner infielders. Coach Potkay was a member of the Bucks program from 2004-2008. During his Junior year, the Bucks made their memorable run to the 2007 state championship–the first and only in the program’s history. Coach Potkay played an important role in the 2007 State Champion team, hitting cleanup and manning first base.

Following his career with the Bucks, Coach Potkay moved on to the University of Oregon where he was a member of the Ducks first baseball team in 27 years. He spent two seasons with the Ducks before transferring to Western Nevada College where he helped the Wildcats post a 45-15 record in 2011. From 2012 to 2013 he played at Tulane University, appearing in 104 games as a first baseman and clean up hitter. He graduated from Tulane in 2013 with a degree in History.

Coach Schultz on Potkay “I couldn’t be more excited to get Potkay on our staff and working with the boys. He has a deep understanding of hitting, and has competed and won at every level of baseball he’s been at. Additionally, he is a great example of what you can accomplish as a Buck and beyond, through hard work and dedication.”

Coach Potkay currently lives in Bozeman and works at Simkins-Hallin.

Assistant Coach – Bucks AA – Matt Hape

Coach Hape pitched and played outfield in the Bozeman Bucks program from 2010-2012. After a successful legion career, he went on to pitch 2 years at Salt Lake CC, where he earned an impressive 9-0 record from the hill his sophomore year. He came home to Montana for his final two years of college, pitching for the MSU-Billings Yellowjackets.

Coach Hape on returning to Coach in the Bucks Program, “I am really looking forward to coming back to a program that has meant a lot to me. I’m ready to contribute and spread my knowledge to help develop these young men as baseball players.”

Coach Schultz on Hape: “Matt was a stud of a pitcher, and has a great work ethic. He’s going to bring a lot of pitching knowledge to our guys. Matt is another former Bucks player that has already given a lot to the program, and I know he’s committed to helping this program continue to strive for excellence.”

Head Coach – Bucks A – Dan Purpura

Coach Purpura joins the staff in 2018, after previous stints as an assistant in 2004-05 and 2015-16. He brings with him an extensive background in baseball as a both a coach and player. Coach Purpura will be tasked with leading the Bucks “A” team, as well as program-wide infielders.

His coaching background includes: Volunteer Assistant at Concord HS, Concord, NH; Bucks assistant 2004-5 and 2015-16; and Bozeman Blackhawks travel team 2010-2014.

His playing experience includes: Thornton Community College and University of Illinois-Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance in 1979. He went on to play professionally in the Padres, Orioles, and Brewers organizations, making it as high as AAA.

“Dan brings a lot of experience to the table, and I am excited for his role in developing our players,” said Coach Schultz.

Coach Purpura currently owns and operates Rising Starz Sports Academy, which is dedicated to the development of young athletes.

Coach Purpura lives in Bozeman with his wife Anne. His son Andy was an All-Conference player in the Bozeman legion program and currently plays for Centenary College in Louisiana.

 

Assistant Coach – Bucks A – Jeff Gysleman

Coach Gyselman returns for his 3rd season in the Bucks Program, where he’ll work with catchers and assist the “A” team. Born in Seattle, WA, Coach Gyselman grew up playing baseball and basketball. After high school, Jeff played for Bellevue Community College and Portland State University before being drafted in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for 4 seasons, working his way up to the AA Reading Phillies. Jeff earned his BA from Portland State and his Turf Grass Management degree from Penn State University.

Jeff’s coaching background includes: Catching Clinics in Seattle, WA 1993-1995. Youth day camps for the Phillies organization 1996. Volunteer catching/pitching coach for both boys baseball and girls soft ball teams at Teton High in Driggs, ID 2006-2009. Bozeman Blackhawks coach 2014 & 2015 seasons. Bozeman Bucks 2016 and 2017.

Schultz on Gysleman: “Coach Gyselman is one of my favorite guys I’ve ever coached with. He is so dedicated and willing to spend his time at the park. He really supports our players in their  pursuit to become better, and he is just a lot of fun to be around! Additionally, he brings a lot of knowledge from his days in the minors. I look forward to spending the summer with Jeff again and know he will do a great job with our “A” team.”

Jeff moved to Bozeman in 2012 with his wife Erika, and two sons, Alton and Nolan. He is currently the Golf Course Superintendent at Black Bull Golf Club.

Head Coach – Bucks B – Will Keffeler

Coach Will enters his second season coaching the Bozeman “B” team. In his first season, he guided the team to a 25-24 record. Coach Will played his Legion career from 2009-2012, where he pitched and played first base for the Missoula Mavericks. He began his coaching career with the Missoula Pioneers in 2014, where his passion for coaching really began to blossom.

Coach Will hopes to develop the young men on his team to become much improved baseball players, athletes, and most importantly, well-rounded members of the community.

Coach Schultz on Will: “I’m excited to have Coach Will return and coach in our program again this summer. He is a man of integrity, and is a great leader for the boys. Will’s love of the game is contagious, and I know he’ll be a great asset for our program again this year.”

Coach Will is a student at MSU, studying Psychology, with a desire to become a high school guidance counselor.

Assistant Coach – Bucks B – Jay Sanderson

Coach Sanderson joins the program for his first season in 2018, as part of the coaching staff for the Bozeman “B” team.  Sanderson was an all-state player at Douglass High School in his native state of Kansas.  His coaching background ranges from the high school to the youth ranks in Kansas, New Mexico and Montana.

Coach Sanderson’s goals for the program are to learn the game on a deeper level, to learn how to play hard all the time, and to do the right thing on every pitch.

“Coach Sanderson is a student of the game and his desire to make kids better fits in well with our goals as a program. I think he’ll improve our players understanding of the game and be an asset to the program.” Said Coach Schultz.

Sanderson holds a journalism degree from Wichita State University and is currently employed by Montana State Athletics.