LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

La Crosse Loggers Manager Jason Nell will not return for a third season and is also stepping away from the Northwoods League after a total of eight seasons.

The Loggers made the annoucement Friday afternoon.

In two seasons at the helm of the Loggers, Nell guided the Lumbermen to a 76-66 record (.535) including a 2013 season that saw La Crosse win 43 games, their second highest single-season win total in franchise history.  That same group also set new single-season club marks for hits in a season (651) and RBI’s (366) under Nell’s leadership.

“We were very fortunate to have Coach Nell with us for the past two seasons and are extremely thankful for his contributions to all of our players who donned a Logger uniform during that time,” stated Loggers general manager Chris Goodell.  “We wish Coach Nell, and his family, nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Nell was the fifth manager in Loggers team history, having been preceded by Andy McKay (2008-2012), Rick Boyer (2006-2007), Adam Sadler (2005), and Estevan Valencia (2003-2004). The search for the Loggers’ sixth manager has begun.

Nell spent is entering his 14th season as the head coach at Iowa Lakes Community in Estherville, Iowa.