Oct 2013 08

Falcons Name 10th Head Coach

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The Kelowna Falcons Baseball Club is proud to announce their 10th Head Coach in franchise history.  The club will be led by Corvallis, Oregon native and former West Coast League (WCL) player Billy Clontz.

The 27 year old played three seasons for the Corvallis Knights (2006, 2008-09) and has been an assistant coach for three seasons (2010-2011, 2013).  In his six summers with the Knights, Clontz has been part of four championship series.  Winning the title as a player in 2008 and was part of the coaching staff in 2011 and 2013.

“He’s a proven winner,” said Falcons’ General Manger Mark Nonis.  “We’re excited to have Billy join our club, after seeing him work with the Knights organization for many summers, he is a perfect fit to build our team and get us back to the post season.”

He succeeds Geoff White, who has moved into the Assistant General Manager role, leading the Falcons to a 19-35 record in 2013.

“I am really excited for the opportunity Dan and Mark Nonis have given me,” Clontz said. “I am looking forward to putting a competitive team on the field next summer.

“I appreciate the time I spent playing and working in the Knights’ organization, and feel like I learned from the best.”

Brooke Knight has been the head coach of the Knights since Clontz was recruited in 2006, “We are all very excited for Bill’s next endeavor,” he said. “He has a tireless work ethic and a sound knowledge of the game. He will grind the Falcons towards a playoff appearance, I have no doubt.

“He will be greatly missed, and although bittersweet from a personal perspective, I can’t wait to see him grow their on-field approach and passion to win. It’s a great hire by Mark Nonis and his family.”

Clontz starred at Corvallis High School and for the Richey’s Market American Legion program before playing at Mt. Hood Community College and Western Oregon. He was a starter at several infield and outfield positions for the Knights in 2006, 2008 and 2009. And earned all-WCL honors for Knights’ teams that defeated Wenatchee in the 2008 WCL Championship Series, and that lost to the AppleSox in the 2009 finals.

Following his college career, Clontz joined a Knights’ coaching staff that directed the club to the 2010 West Division regular-season title, and to the 2011 WCL championship. He also played and coached for the Morley Eagles in Australia in 2011-12.

Clontz recently accepted an assistant coaching position at Ohlone College in Fremont, California.

His first order of business as the Falcons skipper will be to assemble the 2014 club.  A great deal of recruiting for summer baseball happens during the month of October and November.  The Falcons will open their 14th summer in Kelowna in early June.  The schedule will be released in February.

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