There is a change at the top for the Winona Chiefs’ amateur baseball team. Ryan Buhler has stepped down as manager after nine seasons coaching the team while Brett Schmidt will take over for him. Buehler decided to step away so that he could have more weekends free to spend with his wife. Buhler was very successful as the manager going 188-100 in his nine years and he lead the Chiefs to the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament in 2006, 2010 and 2012. Buhler says he will continue to be involved with the Chiefs doing some behind the scenes work.
Schmitt, a long time Chiefs’ player, will continue to play for the Chiefs in addition to managing the team. Buhler says with all of Schmitt’s experience with the Chiefs, it was an easy choice to pick him to take over the team. Schmitt has played eleven seasons with the Chiefs and he says he decided to take over as manager because he wanted the team to have someone familiar with the organization take over as manager.
Last season Winona went 21-10 and qualified for the state tournament. This year the Chiefs will open up their season May 17th when they travel to Plainview-Elgin-Millville.