Western Nebraska Pioneers name new head coach

Pioneers announce a new head coach (Source Western Nebraska Pioneers)

The Western Nebraska Pioneers name Ryan Sires the team's second ever head coach.

Sires replaces Jimmy Turk who announced he is not returning for his third season to become head coach with Macon of the Coastal Plains League.

In two seasons Turk led the Pioneers to 98 wins and two Expedition League Championship Series. Winning it all back in 2018 and coming up just a couple runs short of back to back this past season.

Sires is currently an assistant coach at Yakima Valley (Washington) College where he works with hitters and is in charge of baseball analytics.

Yakima Valley finished with a 30-19 record in the Northwest Athletic Conference in 2019.He also served as Head Coach with the Portland Prairie Dogs of the Cascade Collegiate League in the summer of 2019. Sires also was a part of the Cascade League office, coordinating travel, umpires and other logistics for the CCL.

A native of Union Gap, Washington, Sires graduated from Eisenhower High School and went on to play at Yakima Valley. He then coached at Eisenhower as a varsity assistant and head coach of the freshman team. In the summer of 2016 Sires coached with the American Legion AAA-level Yakima Beetlesand also coachedwith the CWBC Hawks and River City Athletics before moving to Yakima Valley College’s coaching staff.

Sires has already begun recruiting the 2020 Pioneers player roster and will arrive in Gering just before the beginning of the 2020 season.

The remainder of the Pioneers coaching staff will be announced as the staff is finalized.