La Crosse, WISCONSIN The La Crosse Loggers baseball club announced Wednesday that they have hired Northwoods League veteran Jason Nell to be their field manager for the 2013 season.
Nell becomes the fourth manager in Loggers history as they prepare for their
eleventh season of play in the Northwoods League. Nell replaces Andy McKay,
who had served as the Loggers field manager for the previous five seasons before
being lured into the Colorado Rockies organization where he now resides as their
Coordinator of Mental Skills.
The Northwoods League is familiar and fond territory to Nell as he currently ranks
eighth on the all-time managerial wins list having spent six previous seasons in the
NWL, five of which were as a field manager. His first league experience came back
in 2005 as an assistant coach for the Mankato Moondogs and, a season later, Nell
moved into the head spot. 2008 was a banner year for Nell and the Mankato franchise as he led them
to their first ever playoff appearance and a 41-win season. Nell was named as the NWL Field Manager
of the Year for his efforts in that 2008 season and was recognized in 2011 as the All-Decade Manager of
the Mankato Moondogs.
After a one-year hiatus from the NWL, Nell re-entered the prey in 2010. This time as the field manager
of the Waterloo Bucks, where he would spend two seasons as their skipper. While in the NWL Coach
Nell coached 49 players that have gone on to play professional baseball and has totaled 173 career
victories between his two previous stints in Mankato and Waterloo.
The Loggers were certainly excited to find a field manager with successful experience within the league.
"We've always had a good rapport with Coach Nell and his multiple years of experience in this league is
invaluable when it comes to developing players and helping them get ready for the next level," stated
Loggers general manager Chris Goodell. "We welcome coach Nell and his family to the Logger family
with open arms and look forward to going to work with him."
This story is courtesy of the La Crosse Loggers