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2021 Boise Hawks Field Staff

Gary Van Tol - Manager

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Prior to his stint at Boise State, Van Tol spent 10 seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization, working as a minor league manager or coach in the Short Season A Northwest League – including the Boise Hawks. Under his guidance, the Hawks came within one victory of capturing the Northwest League title in 2013 and reached the semifinals in 2014. He has also given back to the local baseball community as the owner and president of the Idaho Cubs, a developmental baseball program for youth baseball players in Idaho. His local ties also included managing local minor league players Andrew Ely (Eagle HS) and Joey Martarano (Fruitland HS).

Travis Buck - Hitting Coach

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Buck spent six seasons in MLB with the Oakland Athletics (2007-10), Cleveland Indians (2011), and Houston Astros (2012). He played collegiately for Arizona State (2003-05). He helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in the World University Baseball Championship in 2004.

Buck was named a Freshman All-American by both Collegiate Baseball (first team) and Baseball America (second team) in 2003. He was a First Team All-Pac-10 Conference honoree in 2004 and 2005 and an All-College World Series selection in 2005. He also garnered Pac-10 All-Academic First Team accolades in 2005. He left ASU ranked in the school's career top 10 in at bats, runs, and hits and was 15th in batting average at .362.

Buck was initially drafted out of Richland High School in Richland, Wash., by the Seattle Mariners, but instead chose to attend Arizona State. He was then selected in the first round, 36th overall of the 2005 Major League First-Year Player Draft.

In 2006 he played in the All-Star Futures Game, and was at one point rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Oakland Athletics organization.

Since retiring from professional baseball, Buck had been operating TBuck Training in his hometown, training and developing youth baseball players. He has since transferred ownership to pursue a career in college baseball.

Michiel van Kampen - Pitching Coach

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The Haarlem, Netherlands, native finished up his college career at the College of Idaho before pursuing a professional career back home in the Netherlands. van Kampen retired after the 2010 European Championships and moved back to Idaho to be closer to his wife's family. He met his wife, Renae Landreth, at TVCC. van Kampen was reunited with Van Tol in 2011 and has served as his main coach for the Idaho Cubs, a local club team in Boise.

During his playing career, van Kampen was a member of the Netherlands National Team from 1999-2010, and was part of six European Cups, four World Cups, three Intercontinental Cups, two World Baseball Classics and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He also played in the Dutch Pro League from 1998-2010.