Black Bears



Grady Tweit Named Black Bears' Head Coach

Press Release. September 4, 2014. Longview, Washington.

The Cowlitz Black Bears today announced that Grady Tweit will take over as the club's head coach.  Tweit succeeds Tim Matz, who stepped down after the 2014 season.   

Tweit is the Associate Head Baseball Coach at Lower Columbia College.  He begins his second year with Head Coach Eddie Smith, and  his ninth overall as a member of the Red Devils' staff.  He recently concluded his fifth season as head coach of the Pacific Tech Senior American Legion team, having led the team to a State Championsip and runner-up in the Western Region in 2010. 

"Grady joining us is satisfying and exciting on so many levels," said owner Tony Bonacci.  "He is a top shelf baseball guy, a teacher of the game and a competitor.  He is committed to the community, and he has been part of winning programs wherever he's been.  He's our guy."   

As a player, Tweit was a standout for LCC, playing an inetgral part of the 40-5 team in 1999 and the NWAACC runner-up 2000 squad.  He concluded his playing career at York College in Nebraska.  

"I am excited for this oppportunity," said Tweit.  "The West Coast League is incredibly competitive and gets better every year.  Tony and I have talked over the years, and I know that Black Bears have high expectations as an organization. We are going to give our players an outstanding experience and help them to get better, we are going to be a fun team to watch as a fan, and we are going to win some ballgames."

"We had tremendous interest in the position," said owner Tony Bonacci. "The process itself was a testament to the Longview-Kelso area as a baseball market.  We can't wait for the season to start!"