Kyle Krustangel enters his first season as the Pippins manager after being both a player and manager previously in the West Coast League. In 2019, Krustangel led the Wenatchee AppleSox to the playoffs for the first time during his three-year coaching stint there.
In the spring, Krustangel serves as the head coach at Yakima Valley Community College, where he is in his fifth year as the head coach. In his first season in 2016, the Yaks won the college’s 21st NWAC baseball championship. He also was named NWAC East coach of the year, NWAC coach of the year and ABCA Regional coach of the year. During his first four years, in which his teams have won 141 games, the Yaks have won no fewer than 30 games each season.
Krustangel played in the WCL in 2007 for the Spokane RiverHawks, played and was an assistant coach at Whitworth University, from which he graduated. He also was head varsity baseball coach at Bridgeport High School from 2011-2014, was head coach of the Spokane Bandits AAA American Legion team from 2012-2015, and was head coach of the Yakima Pepsi Beetles in 2016.