The Casper Horseheads of the Expedition League today announced Josh Hogan as the team’s first Assistant General Manager/Head Coach and Jeff Lyle as the team’s first Assistant Head Coach.
Hogan, 29, joins the Horseheads after six successful years as Head Coach of the Klamath Falls (Oregon) Gems and Medford (Oregon) Rogues collegiate summer baseball teams. Hogan compiled a 192-149 record including three playoff seasons. His Medford teams went 85-39 the past two years, earning playoff berths in both seasons and capping 2017 by winning the Great West League Championship.
Hogan, who comes to Casper from Eugene, Oregon, played collegiate baseball at the University of Oregon and has been an assistant coach at Oregon and at Lane Community College in Eugene. Former Casper Oiler and 2017 Texas Rangers draftee Kyle Keith, as well as former Oiler Tanner Galey, played at Lane CC while Hogan was on staff. Hogan will forego coaching at the college level to join the Horseheads as a full-time member of the front office.
Lyle, 48, has worked with Josh Hogan as pitching coach since the 2012 season with the Gems. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates as a right-handed pitcher in 1989 and spent three years in the minors. He has also worked with USA Baseball and Northwest Baseball as part of a staff that hosted NWB events and showcases in Casper. In 2016, the Rogues first season as members of the Great West League, Lyle’s pitching staff owned a league-best 2.84 regular season ERA with 359 strikeouts. Lyle’s 2012 Klamath Falls pitching staff broke the West Coast League record for strikeouts in a single season (407). A native of California, Lyle played at Merced Junior College and Hancock College before transferring to Fresno State where he finished his playing college career.
“Josh and Jeff were with us for the last three of our years in Oregon and we have maintained a great relationship ever since,” Chuck Heeman said. “Our shared philosophies are the same – obviously we want to win but it’s just important to create a culture of family and show our players there’s more to this game than just what happens on the field. We care about the process, the development of our players as people just as much as we care about the standings. Horseheads players come in during the summer and represent Casper and we are very aware of that responsibility, and pass it along to the players. Josh and Jeff understand the bigger picture of this game, well beyond balls and strikes. We are honored to have them along on this journey with us.”
Hogan’s front office duties will include all baseball and ballpark operations as well as sales of marketing, sponsorship and ticket packages during the off-season. He has relocated to Casper to join the team. Lyle will relocate to Casper in the coming weeks.