Baseball Coaches 2014-2015
Kyle Howell, Head Coach
Kyle Howell enters his first season as the Associate Head Coach for the Larks, serving as Hesston’s pitching coach.
Prior to arriving at Hesston, Kyle made stops at College of the Ozarks, El Paso Community College and Southwest Baptist University. Along with his work at the collegiate level he has also coached in the Washington Nationals organization, currently serving as an associate scout for the Boston Red Sox.
While at El Paso Community College, Kyle was responsible for handling the recruiting efforts for the Tejanos. During his time at EPCC he coached two MLB Draft picks, the WJCAC Player of the Year, as well as the NJCAA National Player of the Year in 2014.
During the summer of 2013, Kyle served as the assistant coach for the Midwest Nationals 18U Scout Team based out of Springfield, MO. In Coach Howell’s first season, the Nationals would go on to finish 46-11, including winning the Premier Baseball National Championship. This was the first 18U National Title in the organization’s history.
Since 2011, Kyle has coached 18 Division 1 signees and six MLB Draft picks.
After finishing his playing career at Southwest Baptist University, Coach Howell remained in Bolivar, Mo., joining the coaching staff working with catchers and assisting with hitters. Following the 2010 fall semester he accepted a coaching position in the Washington Nationals organization. While with the Nationals, Kyle served as the strength and conditioning coach and first base coach for the Class-A affiliate Hagerstown Suns (MD). Kyle currently resides in Valley Center, KS with his wife Kassie and daughters Khloe & Kelsea.
Zach Mercer, assistant coach (Fourth Season)
Originally from Midland, Mich., Mercer worked in the restaurant business for many years before moving to Ocala, Fla. Coach Mercer has worked extensively as an umpire and has coached at Lake City High School in Michigan. Zach and his wife Michelle have been married for 17 years and have three kids, TaShannah, Briannah, and Ryan.
Andrew Kroeker, assistant coach (Second Season)
Andrew played four years at Central Christian College, McPherson, Kan., where he graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Andrew Pina, assistant coach (First Season)