Coaches

Director of Baseball and Head Coach – Bucks AA – Rich Poliquin

Coach P. comes to Bozeman after several winning seasons with the Bitterroot Red Sox. The Red Sox A team won District, State and Regional titles in 2015 and in 2016. He was awarded Montana Class A American Legion Coach of the Year for 2015 and 2016. He was assistant varsity head coach at a 5A high school and coached club ball in Arizona. Coach P. played college ball at Cerritos Junior College in California and Conners State College in Oklahoma, where an injury cut short his pitching career. He played high school ball in California where his team played in the state finals at Dodger Stadium. Coach P. looks forward to the coming success of the Bucks program.

 

Assistant Coach – Bucks AA – Ryan Johnerson

Coach Johnerson grew up in Bozeman and played his American Legion Baseball for the Bucks from ’91 to ‘95.  Ryan played for Trinidad State Junior College, winning two Region IX titles. He also played at the University of Utah. In ‘99, Ryan was a finalist for WAC Player of the Year.  In June of ‘99, Ryan signed with the Cincinnati Reds Organization and also had a stint in the Seattle Mariners Scout League in Southern California. Ryan has played and coached internationally, throughout Central America, on two different occasions. He has coached Midland Community College in Texas, with the ’02 club winning their Conference Title. Ryan was also on staff with the Bucks from ‘06 to ‘08, being a part of the State Championship team of 2007.

 

Assistant Coach – Bucks AA – Spencer Pollack

Coach Pollack is a 2012 graduate of Payette High School in Payette, Idaho. He graduated from Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon in 2015. His team was 3 time NWAC East Region Champions at TVCC and All-East Region Second Team.  Pollack earned the NWAC Gold Glove for Catchers 2015 and was the ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove winner in 2015. In 2016, his team was the GNAC Champion at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.

 

 

Head Coach – Bucks A – Garrett Schultz

Coach Schultz begins his first year in the Bozeman Post 14 Legion Program after spending three years as an assistant with the Gillette (Wyoming) Roughriders and two years at the helm of the Belgrade Bandits. Schultz will serve as Head Coach of the Bucks “A”, and will also coach the program’s catchers. Schultz played two years for NAIA stalwart College of Idaho, as well as one season in the Boise Collegiate Summer League. Schultz is excited to put in the work to help build a perennially competitive program that represents the Bozeman Community and Post 14 well. Coach Schultz 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 A – Jeff Gyselman

Born in Seattle, WA, Coach Gyselman grew up playing baseball and basketball. After high school, Jeff played baseball for Bellevue Community College and Portland State University. He was drafted in 1989 by the Texas Rangers and in 1992 by the San Diego Padres but decided to continue with his college career. After college, he was drafted in the 19th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for 4 seasons working his way up to the AA Reading Phillies.  Jeff has his BA from Portland State and his Turf Grass Management degree from Penn State University. He moved to Bozeman in 2012 and is currently the Golf Course Superintendent at Black Bull Golf Club. He co-coached the first season of the Bozeman Legion B team in 2016.

 

Assistant Coach – Bucks A – Ryan Estep

Ryan played Legion baseball for the Helena Senators from 2009-2013 and Big Sky Baseball from 2008-2012. He was privileged to attend numerous camps and tryouts across the Northwest and was exposed to high levels of competition, coaching and baseball knowledge throughout his career. His experiences have established a well-rounded, and still growing, knowledge and love for the game of baseball. After high school, Ryan swapped the cleats for books and pursued a degree in civil engineering at Montana State. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2018 and work for a local firm in Bozeman. Outside of baseball, Ryan’s lifelong passions have always been hunting, fishing, and the Montana outdoors.

 

Associate Head Coach – Bucks B – Will Keffeler

Will Keffeler has loved the game of baseball since he could remember. Will played through high school with the Missoula Mavericks as a pitcher and 1st baseman, winning 4 state championships. His favorite part of the game is being attentive toward how the game is played in all positions. This is the main reason he continues to enjoy coaching as much as he does.  For the last few summers, Will has been a head coach with the Missoula Prospects, coaching players from 8th grade to sophomores in high school. Having an opportunity with the Bozeman Bucks program is going to give him a chance to continue to grow with a lifelong dream to be a baseball coach.

 

Associate Head Coach – Bucks B – Fred Murray

Coach Fred comes to Bozeman from Tijeras Creek baseball program in Southern Cal and his most recent teams (14 and 15 yrs old the last two years of his coaching. He has coached a total of 12 years of youth baseball and 17 years of girls’ club soccer.  Coach Fred played college baseball at Cypress Jr College in California (1969 MVP) and briefly at Oklahoma State University.  Coach Fred played High School baseball at Tulsa Hale high School in Oklahoma.  He looks forward to teaching baseball skills and strategies to the “B” team.