Scott Kunert enters his first season as head coach of the Warriors. Kunert grew up in Clinton Township, MI, attending Chippewa Valley High School. He played baseball all four years of high school, including two years on the varsity team under Coach Jim Murphy. His senior year he was named one of the team captains and earned All-Mac Red Conference honors as well as being voted the team MVP.
Kunert continued his baseball career at Rochester College as an infielder and pitcher. During his four years, the Warriors made the USCAA Small College World Series 3 times. After his junior year, Kunert was named a USCAA All-American Honorable Mention and AII All-Conference Honorable Mention, primarily serving as the team's closer. During his career at Rochester, Kunert also earned USCAA Academic All-American three times and NAIA Scholar Athlete twice. Perhaps his greatest baseball accomplishment, however, came after the conclusion of his senior year when he earned the USCAA's inaugural Student-Athlete of the Year Award.
In addition to coaching at Rochester, Kunert served as an assistant coach with both the Oakland Bulldogs and with the Michigan Brewers in the summer of 2015.
Kunert earned his Bachelor's degree from Rochester College in December of 2015 in Secondary Education with a focus in Mathematics and a minor in Biology.
Kyle Mackenzie joined the Rochester baseball staff in the Fall of 2014 and will be returning for his second year with the Warriors. Mackenzie will be working with the pitchers and outfielders this season, serving primarily as the team's pitching coach.
Mackenzie played baseball for three years at Brother Rice High School, where he was a part of the 2010 Catholic League Championship team. He finished his high school career at Royal Oak High School in 2011. In the summer of 2011, Mackenzie was a part of the Oakland Bulldogs team that won the CABA World Series. After high school, Mackenzie went on to play at Grand Rapids Community College for two years where he was the team's setup man and closer.
In addition to coaching at Rochester College, Mackenzie is a part of the Oakland Bulldogs organization, where he has worked as an assistant coach for the past three seasons.
Coach Kunert on Mackenzie:
"Kyle has been great with the pitchers this season, improving both arm strength and arm health in nearly all of our guys. He comes with a tremendous amount of pitching knowledge and is always looking for more ways to learn and improve his craft. I am truly excited to see what the pitching staff is going to accomplish this year under Mackenzie."
Aaron Wick enters his first season on the Rochester baseball staff as an assistant coach. This season, Wick will be working with the outfielders, first basemen, and pitchers, while also serving as the team's primary hitting coach.
Wick attended Flushing High School in Flushing, MI,where during his four years, he earned 2nd team All-League in 2004, 1st team All-League and All-District in 2005, and 1st team All-League, All-District, and All-State in 2006. Wick continued his baseball career at Oakland University, playing as one of the team's primary pitchers and infielders. During his time there, Wick threw the first no hitter for the Golden Grizzlies at the NCAA DI level in 2010.
In addition to coaching with the Warriors, Wick has coached at Oakland University as a graduate assistant, with the Oakland Bulldogs organization, and as the varsity pitching coach at Lake Orion High School.
Wick currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration from Oakland University.
Coach Kunert on Wick
"Aaron brings a tremendous wealth of playing and coaching experience to our staff and is going to be a huge part of our program this year. Having success at the division I level like Aaron did, shows his work ethic and baseball knowledge, both of which he brings to this job everyday. As hitting coach, Wick has done a great job with the offense this off-season, working on our mechanics and mental approach. I can't wait to see the impact that Wick brings to our team and program."