Professional Baseball Coaches
Coach Rueckel serves as the Director of Travel Baseball for DSB, where he oversees the Dunwoody Diablos program and serves as a roving coach. He has been coaching baseball since 2003. Coach Rueckel is a graduate of Dunwoody High School, where he was named DeKalb County Player-of-the-Year his senior year, earned All-County honors three times and All-State twice. He was a shortstop and pitcher at Furman University and ranks near the top of the Paladins record book in multiple categories. After college, he was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 12th round of the 2002 Major League Baseball draft and pitched in the Expos organization for six seasons, rising as high as the AAA level.
Coach Naraine joins the Diablos for the 2021-22 season. He is a graduate of Parkview High School, where he was a member of the 2011 state championship team. Coach Naraine was a four year starter (2B and DH) for the University of North Georgia Nighthawks. He is the director of Baseball and Softball Operations at D-BAT Perimeter. Previously, he was a Player Development Assistant in the Chicago White Sox organization.
Coach Fagnani joins the 13U Maroon Diablos this season. Originally from Oxford, PA, he was a four year letterman at Delone Catholic High School. He went on to Penn State York, where he earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism and was a member of the baseball team. During his sophomore season at PSU York, Coach Fagnani earned 1st team all-conference honors as a hitter and pitcher. In addition to coaching the Diablos, he is a baseball instructor at D-BAT Perimeter.
Coach Bass was the head coach at Dunwoody High School for 18 years, winning 359 games. He led the 2007 Dunwoody Wildcats to a state championship, the first in school history. Coach Bass served as the pitching coach for Lambert High School for three seasons, including the 2014 season when the Longhorns won a state and national championship. Coach Bass played baseball at Georgetown University and set several records as a pitcher for the Hoyas, including two that still stand today (wins in a season and career wins). In 2014, he was inducted into the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame. Coach Bass leads the 14U Gold Diablos, but also contributes to the coaching of all the teams in the Diablos program.
Coach Kieninger is the assistant coach for the 14U Gold Diablos. He is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio), where he was a pitcher on the RedHawks baseball team. After graduating, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and played in their minor league system for two seasons. Coach Kieninger is a teacher and assistant varsity baseball coach at Lambert High School.
Coach Wanamaker returns to the Diablos program after a year away. He was previously the 15U Diablos Pitching Coach (2019-20). Additionally, Coach Wanamaker has been an Assistant Coach at Shorter University (2020-21), Head Coach for the Georgia Scorpions 18U team (2020-21), Pitching Coach for Fellowship Christian School (2019-20), Head Coach in the Sunbelt Baseball League Prospect Division (2018-19), and Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Toccoa Falls College (2017-18). He grew up in Dunwoody, playing baseball at DSB and Murphey Candler and is glad to be back with the Diablos and living in Dunwoody again.
Coach Wisner returns for his third season with the Diablos. After graduating from Mount Pisgah Christian, he went on to play baseball for Sewanee: The University of the South and Oglethorpe University.
Kyle Smith is the head coach for the 13U Gold Diablos. Previously, he was the 13U Maroon Diablos head coach (2020-21). Coach Smith was a pitcher on the 2014 Lambert High School state and national championship team. In addition to the Diablos, Coach Smith is the head coach for the Lambert Longhorns freshman team, where he led the team to a region championship in 2021.
Coach Etcher returns for his sixth season as a coach with the Diablos. He coached the Dunwoody Blue team in the DSB Middle School League for three seasons (2017-2019), winning a championship in 2018. Coach Etcher grew up in Dunwoody and played for the Diablos. He is a Dunwoody High School graduate, where he earned all-county honors.