Head Coach: Brad Kaczka
Graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School in 2011 where he won three sectional championships (2008, 2010, 2011)and a state championship his junior year (2010). He was First Team All Monroe Country and all state his sophomore, junior, and senior years while earning First Team All-State honors his senior year. Kaczka also made the All Greater Rochester Team his senior year.
He then attended Monroe Community College and had a very successful career on the diamond. He played in all 48 games his sophomore year while helping to lead the Tribunes to a NJCAA Division II regional title. He batted .376, with 4 home runs, 40 RBI’s, 48 runs, and 11 stolen bases. He also earned First Team All-Region and Academic All-American honors.
Kaczka then transferred to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and Minor in Coaching. Chosen as a captain by his teammates his senior year, he was part of a team that went 40-19, one of best in the Big South Conference that year. Kaczka hit .369 his senior year which led the Big South. He also set a school record and tied an NCAA record by hitting three triples in a game during the regular season. He was honored with Second Team All-Conference his senior year as well as the All-Tournament Team.
Kaczka takes on multiple roles at Diamond Pro. He was an assistant coach to the 16u Showcase Team in the summer of 2016 and will be the head coach of one of the 17u Showcase Teams in the summer of 2017. He is the Director of Marketing and Social Media at DP and will also assist in fundraising and other day-to-day operations. Kaczka is also a first year assistant varsity coach at Pittsford Sutherland.
Assistant Coach: Hunter Merrill
Merrill graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High School in 2013. While there he won 3 sectional championships in 2010, 2011, and 2013; he also won a State Championship in 2010, starting at second base as a freshman. He was awarded All Monroe County two out of his four years at Sutherland and was All Greater Rochester his senior season.
After Sutherland, Merrill went on to play at Monroe Community College for two years. He played in 49 games his sophomore year with an average of .362 and stole 16 bases. The Tribunes won the NJCAA Division II Regional title his sophomore season and Merrill earned Second Team All-Region honors.
Merrill then transferred to Division II Mars Hill University in North Carolina, where he finished his college career. His first season at Mars Hill, the Lions went 30-19, but fell short of the conference tournament. Merrill had a very successful senior season, hitting .415 with 28 stolen bases (led the South Atlantic Conference) and a .508 on base percentage. The Lions went 29-21 and made the conference tournament for the first time in many years. Merrill was honored with First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region Awards. He is currently looking for a job in marketing or operations in the Rochester area.