McKay begins 5th season as Loggers manager

Published On: May 30 2012 08:47:22 PM CDT   Updated On: May 31 2012 09:16:29 AM CDT

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- On Monday the Loggers stood in a circle and introduced themselves. 48 hours later, the team threw out the first pitch to the 2012 season.

For La Crosse Loggers manager Andy McKay, the short turnaround to get ready for the Northwoods League season is nothing new. "One of the goals is by Wednesday night, you can know everybody's name, which is difficult."

McKay enters his 5th and final season as manger of the Loggers. "I really haven't thought about it. I come here every year with the same idea which is to push these guys as hard as I can push them, and develop some really strong relationships with them, and help them out in their career the best I can. And I really haven't thought a whole lot about it being my last year."

In four years under McKay, the Loggers have more wins than any other team in summer collegiate baseball.

Despite his success, McKay says coaching is about more than just wins. "I want to be remembered as a guy who who developed really strong relationships with his players, and had an impact in a positive way on their lives."