Coach Jon-Michael Brunner
Jon-Michael (JM) Brunner is entering his first year as head coach of Wheeling Post 1’s Varsity Team. Brunner is no stranger to Post 1 as he has been a member of the coaching staff since 2014, servings as head coach for both the JV and 15-U teams. He takes over for Coach Mark Delbrugge who lead Wheeling Post 1 to three consecutive West Virginia State championships.
Brunner was a three-sport standout at The Linsly School, earning four letters in both baseball and basketball and 3 in football. He is also a Wheeling Post 1 Alumnus having played four seasons with the organization. During that time, he earned a Gold Glove and was named the team’s MVP.
He continued to play baseball at the collegiate level at West Liberty University. Playing all four years as an outfielder. During his senior season, Brunner was named as the toughest player to strike out in Division II baseball.
Brunner graduated from West Liberty in May 2015 with a degree in exercise physiology and is currently attending Physician’s Assistant School at West Liberty to earn a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. He will be graduating at the end of June with his PA degree.
Coach Scott Castilow
Scott Castilow will be this year’s Post 1 Varsity assistant coach. Castilow played four seasons (2007-2010) with Wheeling Post 1. This season marks his sixth year as an assistant coach with the organization.
During high school, Castilow played baseball for four years at Wheeling Park High School under the direction of Chad Stout.
After high school, he attended West Liberty University and played baseball for four years under Bo McConnaughy and Eric Burkle. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance in 2014.
“Scott has been with me since we started coaching together at the lower levels. He’s a great baseball guy who knows how to handle the kids” said Brunner. “I know that the kids admire him. He’s one of my best friends and I couldn’t be happier to have him around.”
Currently, Castilow is a financial advisor Wells Fargo.
Coach Andrew Kowalo
Andrew Kowalo has joined the Post 1 coaching staff. He will be working with the infielders and hitters of the Varsity, JV, and 15U Post 1 teams.
Brunner states “Andrew is one of a kind. Ever since he was 15 years old playing legion all he ever knew was baseball. Adding him to the staff was a no-brainer. He provides high quality baseball knowledge with a work ethic that our kids can look up to.”
Kowalo played baseball for 5 years with Post 1 from 2010 to 2014. He played at Wheeling Park High School. After graduating high school, he went on to play baseball at Potomac State College of WVU for two years before transferring to Liberty University. He graduated in May of 2018 with a degree in Sports Management.
“I wanted to help Post 1 again this season because this is where I started. As a 15 year old I was able to grow over 5 seasons with the help of some great coaches and teammates,” said Kowalo. “I want to provide an opportunity to the guys on our team to grow all around as baseball players.