Frankie Kaluzniak (with bat) will again be head coach of the Premier Parksville Royals baseball squad this 2019 campaign. — File photo

Kaluzniak is back to coach Parksville Royals for 2019 campaign

New coaches named for junior and bantam Parksville baseball teams

The Parksville Royals are gearing up for the coming season.

Entering its 25th year, the Royals named the coaching staff for the 2019 campaign.

Frank Kaluzniak begins his third year as head coach of the Premier Royals. He has eight years coaching experience in Nanaimo and Parksville following his college career as a pitcher for Vancouver Island University Mariners. As well, Kaluzniak has also been a coach with the Big League Experience Baseball Camp in the Okanagan.

Under Kaluzniak’s leadership, the Royals have had two playoff appearances including a silver medal in 2017. In addition, Kaluzniak’s focus and persistence to help his players transition to the next level has seen 12 of 14 graduates recruited by universities and colleges in the past two years.

There will be two new faces leading the Junior Royals and the Bantam Royals. Connor Russell takes the reins of the junior program after coaching with the Victoria Eagles in 2018. Russell, a pitcher, played his college ball at VIU and has also played for the Victoria Harbourcats of the West Coast League and the Victoria Mavericks. In high school Russell played for the Victoria Mariners and so brings a wealth of experience in the Premier Baseball League.

Bruce Biro is the new coach of the Bantam Royals. It is a homecoming for the Bowser native Biro who played youth baseball with Oceanside Minor Baseball and the Royals. Biro played his college ball at Douglas College where he went on to be an assistant coach. Biro has helped coach the Junior and Premier Royals in the past and is a former coach at the Big League Experience Baseball Camp. Biro is a tw0-time coach of BC Summer Games and Team BC in Arizona Fall Classic and has a Degree in Physical Education.

— NEWS Staff

Just Posted

Coombs farm auction returns April 28

CFI hosts 41st annual auction

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

BC Ferries faced with heavy traffic on Easter Monday

89 extra sailings had been added to the long weekend schedule

Vancouver Island-based company provides glass alternatives to plastic straws

Enviro Glass Straws now producing more than 60,000 staws each year

Ex-mayor of northern village claims its drivers are overpaying ICBC $1,800 a year

Darcy Repen says data shows Telkwa households are being ripped off for car insurance

Deadly synthetic drug found in Kamloops that puts users in ‘zombielike’ state

Interior Health warning says substance causes ‘speedy, trippy-like symptoms’ and hallucinations

Trudeau to be portrayed on ‘Simpsons’ episode

Toronto journalist who’s posted videos of himself doing impressions of the PM voiced him for the show

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

Campbell River RCMP say alcohol and speed may be factors in collision

Woman injured after driver ran into her car on Highway 19A, says fire captain

Most Read