Rouco enters his first season as the Grays Head Coach. Rouco has coached and worked extensively with college and more than two dozen professional baseball players. Rouco spent years being mentored by the late "Bus" Campbell. This was followed by years of involvement in other areas of baseball.
Rouco has established a reputation of evaluating and developing talent and an outstanding leader of the game. Besides his current duties as an Assistant Baseball Coach at Prospect Ridge Academy, Rouco provides individual lessons and leading multiple baseball camps and clinics.
Rouco played collegiately at Taft College (CA), Colorado State University (where he was recruited by Tom Wheeler), and Metro State University where he was inducted into the Metro's Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1982 Roadrunners team.
Andy is currently the Assistant Athletic Director/Weights and PE Instructor and Assistant Baseball Coach at Prospect Ridge Academy. Andy was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and spent most of his child and teenage years in Texas before moving to Hays, Kansas. Andy graduated high school from Hays High School before moving on to play JUCO baseball at Barton County Community College, where he was a two-way player (infield/pitcher). Andy was starting middle infielder and a closing pitcher for Barton Cougars. After Barton, Andy moved on to play at Fort Hays State University. He was a two way player there as well, playing mostly second base and was one of the mid week starters/closer on the bump. Toward the end of his college career Andy became strictly a PO and was the friday night stater for the Tigars and led the team in innings pitched and era. After his college career Andy had the opportunity to play Independent ball. After a brief stent do to injuries, Andy was offered the assistant coaching job at Fort Hays State where he spent the next six years as the assistant pitching and strenghth and conditioning coach. Andy has played and coached in many different summer baseball leagues, Jayhawks, Rock Mountain, Coastal Plains, Mid-Plains, Texas Collegiate League and North Woods. This is Andy's second year living in Colorado full time, and it is also Andy's first year with the Greeley Grays as assistant coach.
Mark is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Prospect Ridge Academy. He is a graduate of Northglenn High School and Colorado State University. Mark earned three varsity letters for the Rams baseball squad before beginning a 12 year professional baseball career. Mark was a 3rd round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 1982 and made his Major League debut in 1985. After being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in 1986, Mark became the Brewers Opening Day starter in 1991. Later Mark was a member of the original Colorado Rockies in 1993, becoming the first Colorado native to play for the new hometown team.
Mark is a member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and participates in various charity events with the organization. Mark also been a member of the local sports media for the past 24 years.
This is Mark's First season serving as the Greeley Grays Pitching Coach
Special Assistant/Bench Coach
Coach Wheeler is a Greeley native. He attended Greeley Central High School where he was All-Star in both basketball and baseball. He went to play baseball in Kansas State. In 1966 Tom played for the Greeley Grays. In 1965 and 1967, Tom played for the Boulder Collegians where he led the team to two national titles.
In 1968, coach Wheeler was named All Big 8 and 3rd team All-American at second base. He played professionally for two years after he was signed by the Seattle Pilots.
After his playing career Tom became an assistant baseball coach and the University of Northern Colorado, where he spent five years. He was then named Head Coach at Colorado State University.
In 1981, coach Wheeler was named the Head Coach at Saint Mary's (CA). Tom coached the Gaels from 1981-1985 and presided over two of the program's best-ever finishes in the West Coast Conference. He led the team to five straight 25-plus win season, including 32 in 1985. He holds the third-most wins by a coach at Saint Mary's since 1968 with 141.
Since leaving Saint Mary's, Tom has been working as a professional baseball scout. He has spent 31-plus years working as both an amateur and pro scout for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, and Baltimore Orioles. Tom is currently working with the Toronto Blue Jays.