Cody Piechocki signed with Willis Sports Agents in May of 2017. He is entering his second year as head coach of the Kalamazoo Growlers summer collegiate baseball team and his sixth year as the head coach of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College baseball program.
The Growlers are a member of the Northwoods League, which is a proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Piechocki received his start in the Northwoods League as an assistant coach with the Battle Creek Bombers in 2013. He then served as the hitting and fielding coach for the Kalamazoo Growlers from 2014-2015 before being hired as the head coach in 2016. In 2017, ten Growlers players were drafted in the MLB Draft. The team finished the season by winning 8 of its last 10 games and looks to continue that momentum into 2018.
As coach of the Kalamazoo Valley Community College baseball program, Piechocki has built a consistent contender in the NJCAA. In 2016, Kalamazoo Valley received its first national ranking in program history when it was ranked 19th in the NJCAA poll. Piechocki has also produced the school’s first Rawlings’ Gold Glove Award and the first Marucci Elite Hitter Award. In addition, his teams have been honored by the NJCAA and MCCAA for team academic awards twice in his tenure. Piechocki has guided numerous players to All-Conference awards and Academic All-American Awards.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Piechocki served as the assistant coach for Bernie Vallier. During his three years as an assistant, Kalamazoo Valley broke the school record for wins in a season twice (35 wins in 2010 and 40 wins in 2012). Before coming to Kalamazoo Valley, Piechocki was an assistant coach at Kalamazoo College and worked baseball camps for the University of Notre Dame, Grand Valley State University, the Michigan All-Star Showcase, and the TPX Top 96 Michigan. He began his coaching career in 2006 with Mattawan High School. in 2007, Mattawan won the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference West Division Championship and finished as a Regional semifinalist.
Piechocki played baseball at Mattawan High School, where he was a three-year varsity letter winner and earned First Team All-SMAC, First Team All-District, and Second Team All-Region honors as a catcher and third baseman. He then played one season at Glen Oaks Community College before suffering a career-ending injury. Piechocki is a graduate of Western Michigan University.