Front Office Biographies

Bill Bryk
Special Assistant to the GM and Major League Scout

Bill Bryk enters his fourth season with the Arizona Diamondbacks as a Special Assistant to the General Manager and Major League Scout after joining the organization in November 2010. Bryk's primary focus is in scouting Major League players in the American League and to serve as an advisor to General Manager Kevin Towers on player trades, acquisitions and roster moves.

In 2013, Bryk was named Midwest Scout of the Year at the annual Winter Meetings, an award which is voted upon by his peers and has been presented annually for 30 years, recognizing the accomplishments of scouts that have devoted at least a quarter of a century to the profession. Bryk started his professional career 45 years ago when he was drafted and signed by the Washington Senators as a right-handed pitcher, also going on to pitch in the Mets' organization. His coaching career started in 1974 when he was named head coach at South Suburban College in South Holland, Ill. He guided the Bulldogs for five seasons and also started managing independent ball during the summers in 1977, when he was signed as player/manager of the Beeville Bees of the Texas-Louisiana League.

In 1978, Bryk managed an independent club in Grays Harbor, Wash., to the league championship and was named Manager of the Year. This led him back to affiliated ball with the San Diego Padres organization in 1979. He worked full-time as a scouting supervisor and in player development as a short-season manager. In 1982, he left the Padres to work for the Pittsburgh Pirates, both in scouting and player development. Over the next 18 years, Bryk would work as a scouting supervisor, special assignment scout, assistant scouting director, assistant farm director, national crosschecker and pitching coordinator.

Among the players he drafted and signed were Tom Prince, Rob Mackowiak, Keith Shepherd, Mark Thurmond, Lou Collier and Paul Wagner. In the fall of 1999, he returned to the Padres as a Special Assistant to the General Manager under Towers, also doubling as Minor League field coordinator.

Bryk has been honored with numerous awards for his contributions to baseball over the last four decades. In 2009, he was inducted into the Midwest Scouts Association Hall of Fame in Kansas City and was also honored with the George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation in January 2010.

Bryk and his wife, Jackie, reside in Schererville, Ind., and have four children: Kari, Erica, Billy and Nick.


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