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F R O N T   O F F I C E

Ben Krueger

Krueger graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Management/Marketing after a four year playing career with Yakima Valley College and Oregon Tech. Ben founded the Benz Baseball 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, 44 CCL players have signed contracts to play in the West Coast League and 5 college players have been drafted or signed by MLB organizations.

Gunnar Ueda-Pancheri

Pancheri, also known as “Coach Panch,” began coaching in 2016 at Southwestern Oregon Community College, where he spent four years as the Recruiting Coordinator, Infield Coach and Associate Head Coach. He made the move to Grays Harbor College in 2020, where he served as the Chokers’ Recruiting Coordinator and Infield Coach for the 2020-21 season and was named Head Baseball Coach in July of 2021. Pancheri was hired by the Cascade Collegiate League later that year to manage the Salamanders. He was promoted to Director in 2022, where he now oversees all six league affiliates on site at Wheeler Field. In 2023, he accepted the role as Associate Head Coach of Yakima Valley College.

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