Owls release 2013 coaching staff

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 07:28 AM

The Forest City Owls announced the signing of two assistant coaches for the 2013 season in Chris Torgerson and Kyle Putnam.

First year Owls head coach David Tufo has worked this off season to find the best coaches to help him lead the Owls this summer.

Chris Torgerson is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Owls. Torgerson is a Sacramento, California native and graduated from Willamette University with a degree in political science. Torgerson is currently the pitching coach at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado. During his time at Willamette University, Torgerson was a three-year starter and received numerous standout awards and All-Tournament spots.

Torgerson began his coaching career coaching the Salem Senators in 2009 and leading them to a Northern Oregon legion State Title. He also coached Walker Transmission Baseball Club to the 2011 Rocky Mountain Baseball League Conference Tournament Title and advanced to the 2011 NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

“[Torgerson] is a great competitor that knows what it takes to win,” said Owls Head Coach David Tufo. “He has an aggressive coaching philosophy and will be able to do great stuff with the pitchers this summer. He knows the game beyond his years and I am excited to have him on the staff this summer.”

Also added to Tufo’s staff is Kyle Putnam. Putnam is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Owls. Putnam will be the first ever Forest City Owls Alumni to come back as a coach for the Owls.

Putnam is currently in his first year as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for the Mount Saint Mary Knights in New York. Putnam graduated from Marist college pitching four years while being voted a captain his senior year. During his playing career he was apart of the 2009 MAAC conference champions and all-conference team.

Putnam also spent the 2011-12 seasons playing in Australia for the Canberra Cavalry (Australian Baseball League) and in the Netherlands playing for HCAW in the Dutch baseball league. He currently resides in Newburgh, New York.

“Kyle has proven to be a winner through his playing years at Marist, as well as on the Forest City Championship Team from 2010,” added Tufo. “He is a hungry young coach looking to expand his knowledge of the game. He will be a great asset to the coaching staff.”

“Both of these coaches bring a lot of energy to the coaching staff and know what it takes to win at this level. I am excited to have such an enthusiastic staff this summer and expect a lot of great things for the Owls in 2013,” said Tufo.

Owls Opening Night is set for May 28 versus the Thomasville Hi-Toms. A limited number of season tickets are still available for the 2013 season. Season tickets begin at less than $5 a game. For more information about any of the Owls ticket plans, please call the Owls front office at (828)245-0000 to speak to a ticket sales representative or visit http://www.forestcitybaseball.com.