The El Dorado Broncos have already set their coaching staff for the 2009 season, and it will have a slightly younger look to it.


 

 


The El Dorado Broncos have already set their coaching staff for the 2009 season, and it will have a slightly younger look to it.

Andy Schatzley, an assistant coach at Lubbock Christian, will manage the Broncos next summer, according to a team announcement last week. The Broncos are coming off a 28-23 season in 2008, including a 1-2 effort at the National Baseball Congress World Series.

Schatzley will be assisted by two former Broncos, Ty Reese and Alex Mauricio. Reese pitched for the Broncos in 2004-2005 while Mauricio pitched the last two seasons. Mauricio logged over 100 innings over the past two years, finishing with a 4.11 earned-run average. He struck out 42 and walked only 19. Reese is currently an assistant at Butler Community College under former Bronco manager (and pitcher) Steve Johnson.

“I’m ready to begin,” said Schatzley, who is no stranger to the area.

Schatzley played at Pratt Community College in 2005 and 2006. He played with the Pearl Sluggers of the Cotton State League in 2004, the Wichita Rattlers in 2005, the Butler County Cubs in 2006 and the Chillicothe Mudcats in 2007. At Lubbock Christian, he is the junior varsity head coach in addition to helping coach the varsity hitters and infielders.

After Pratt, Schatzley played at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, where he earned his B.A. Degree in History with a 3.42 grade-point average. He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Science/Organizational Leadership, which he expects to be completed in the spring of 2009.

Although he batted .315 in his final season at Lyon, Schatzley said he is most proud of his defense.

“I played third base and shortstop and had a .970 fielding percentage,” Schatzley said. “In two seasons, I made five errors.”