Hunt re­signs as Miller Ex­press coach;

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The Moose Jaw Miller Ex­press will have a some­what-new face run­ning the on­field show as of next sea­son.

The West­ern Cana­dian Base­ball League club an­nounced Oct. 4 that long-time bench boss Michael Hunt had de­cided to re­sign his po­si­tion at the end of this past sea­son in or­der to spend more time with his grow­ing fam­ily.

As a re­sult, Millers as­sis­tant coach Tanner Spencer will take over head coach­ing du­ties for the 2019 cam­paign.

“Michael came to Moose Jaw a decade ago and be­came not only a big part of our or­ga­ni­za­tion but a part of our com­mu­nity,” said Miller Ex­press gen­eral man­ager Cory Olaf­son. “He planted deep roots in our city, he met his wife in Moose Jaw, both of his chil­dren were born in Moose Jaw, and he’s a full-time teacher. We 100 per cent re­spect and un­der­stand Michael’s de­ci­sion to step back so that he can spend more time with his fam­ily”

Hunt spent 10 sea­sons with the Millers and fin­ished with a 202-251 over­all record and led the team to the play­offs in eight out of his ten years.

“Michael bled black and yel­low ev­ery day over his 10 years with the or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Olaf­son said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate all that he’s done for the Millers and would like to thank him for all of his hard work. We wish him all the best in the fu­ture.”

Spencer, a na­tive of Craik, served as the Millers’ pitch­ing coach the last two years. He played for the lo­cal squad from 2014 to 2016. Dur­ing that time, he at­tended Colby Com­mu­nity Col­lege and the Uni­ver­sity of Ne­braska-Kear­ney and grad­u­ated from UNK with a bach­e­lors in ex­er­cise science. He is cur­rently the pitch­ing coach at Minot State Uni­ver­sity where he is fin­ish­ing his masters in sports man­age­ment.

In 2018 he was UNK’s pitch­ing coach and un­der his guid­ance the pitch­ing staff re­duced their earned run aver­age by nearly two runs from the pre­vi­ous year and picked up 403 strike­outs which shat­tered the school record for strike­outs in a sea­son.

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