The Boise Hawks change affiliation from the Chicago Cubs to the Colorado Rockies in the offseason, and they'll have a Colorado native as their new manager.
On Thursday, the Rockies announced their minor league coaching staffs, and have named Frank Gonzales the Hawks' next manager. Gary Van Tol, a Boise resident, had been the team's manager the prior two seasons, but now is the manager of the Cubs' Northwest League team in Eugene, Ore.
Gonzales, 46, had served as the Tri-City Dust Devils' pitching coach the last two seasons. A La Junta, Colo. native, he also coached the Colorado State University club team and at Fort Collins High before moving on to Tri-City. He played 10 seasons of minor-league baseball, mostly in the Detroit Tigers system, making it up to Triple-A, but never reaching the majors. Gonzales' son, Marco, was a rookie pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals last season.
The Rockies also announced that Brandon Emanuel will be the Hawks' pitching coach, and Andy Gonzalez will be the team's hitting coach. Fred Nelson will be the organizational supervisor. The Hawks open the season June 18 at Memorial Stadium against Tri-City.