A former West Coast League player and coach before joining the Pippins, Kyle Krustangel was tapped as the second head coach of the Pippins on Oct. 2, 2019. Krustangel coached the WCL’s Wenatchee AppleSox from 2017-2019, but resigned his position in early September 2019 because of the grueling travel involved between his Yakima and Wenatchee commitments. The AppleSox, foes of the Pippins in the WCL’s North Division, qualified for the WCL playoffs for the first time since 2013 under his leadership. Krustangel coached for seven years at head coach at Yakima Valley College. 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. 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.