Hunt resigns as Miller Express coach;
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.