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Andy Kyle Named Heat Manger
WA native brings wealth of experience to the top
07/01/2017 5:23 PM ET
 

PERTH, WA - The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat today named Andy Kyle the clubs new Manager for the 2017-2018 Australian Baseball League season.

Kyle, 36, takes over for Matt Kennelly, who led the club for one season and did not return due to work and family commitments. The Perth native is no stranger to baseball in Western Australia. He takes the reigns on the field following a successful run with the Wanneroo Giants in the Baseball WA State League. Under Kyle's guidance the Giants won the 2015-2016 Premiership. Kyle also brings a wealth of experience at the national level having served as the 15U National Team Coach in 2015 and 2016 and Manager for the team at the 2016 Baseball World Championships.

"I am very honoured at the opportunity to manage the Perth Heat in the coming 2017/18 season. It is a very proud and successful franchise, and I hope that I can assist in the development of the Heat brand for Baseball in WA moving forward," said Kyle.

Heat General Manager Lachlan Dale added, "We're really excited about the appointment of Andrew Kyle to a long term contract with the Perth Heat Baseball Club. He's a product of the successful WA High Performance system as a Junior State, College, National and Perth Heat player. Towards the end of Andy's playing years he has plied his skills via the pathway and coaching at all levels throughout the country and sharing his vast knowledge and expertise gained through his years."

Kyle has worked with South Fremantle Senior High School as the Director of Baseball since 2007 and has spent 2015 and 2016 with the Australian Major League Baseball Academy as a team manager and infield assistant and coordinator for elite 60 players in Australia. He has three years as the State Schoolboys WA Assistant coach 2007, 2008 and 2016 under his belt as well.

"As I begin to look at a depth chart it is already exciting to see the potential of this squad, with some quality young prospects and mix of veterans," said Kyle. "It will be important for our core group of experienced players to lead and assist in the development of our young prospects. I look forward to seeing the likes of (Ulrich) Bojarski, (Jake) Baker, (Jake) Turnbull and new draftee (Robbie) Glendinning on returning from professional baseball this season."

As a player Kyle was a middle infielder for parts of nine seasons in the Claxton Shield competition and was part of the 2008 and 2009 back to back shield winners for Western Australia. He also played college baseball in the United States at Iowa Central College, where Kyle also received an Associate's Degree. He was a member of the Australian National Team that was a World Cup Qualifier in Guam in 2001.

"The Heat are determined to return to the top of the standings in the ABL and Andy is the right Manager to lead us back to where we belong," said Lachlan Dale.

Kyle won another Claxton Shield as an Assistant Coach and executive officer for the Heat during the 2014-2015 Australian Baseball season and has been at the forefront of the development of the game with Baseball WA. He has been an instructor for the Winter Academies since 2008 and has been a State Team Assistant for eight years most recently in 2016. In 2015 Kyle was an Assistant Coach on the U18 Australian Team and spent six years in the Western Australia Institute of Sport as an instructor.                      

"It is very early in the preparation stage, but as shown in the previous years it is imperative to mix local talent with strong import players. This will be a key component of the offseason for the club to put together a squad we believe can compete with the top teams in the League.

I look forward to the challenge and can't wait to surround myself with such quality people both on and off the field," stated Kyle.

Paul Morgan and Dan Vaughan are the "voices of the Heat" and also provide coverage all year round on the Sporting Star Network and their flagship product "Talking Baseball Australia". They are our official media partner for the Heat. The duo host a weekly radio show on Sport FM in Perth as well as podcast known as "Knee Jerks" during the MLB season. Vaughan can be heard in the US season as the voice of the Kansas City T-Bones in the American Association. This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.