The La Crosse Loggers announced manager Jason Nell will return for the 2014 season.
"What an unbelievable experience and an exciting year,” Nell said in a team press release. “Although my personal goal was not met, I know we sent each and every Logger home a better player and more importantly a better human being. I truly think after just listening to them after the season, that the experience we offered and provided them was enjoyable and memorable.”
“In order to continue to live up to our commitment of player development, we need an experienced leader and couldn’t be more thrilled to have Jason returning again," Loggers general manager Chris Goodell said in the release.
Nell led the Loggers to a 43-27 record in his first season at the helm of La Crosse. The 43 wins was the second highest single-season win total in Loggers history and the third best record in the entire NWL this summer. The Loggers also produced the most post-season NWL all-stars with five and set new single-season records for hits (651) and RBI’s (366).
Nell currently ranks fifth on the all-time career wins list for managers in the NWL with a 216-196 mark, good enough for a .524 winning percentage. He will enter the 2014 season just 14 wins behind former Madison skipper C.J. Thielke (230). Nell has also coached 60 players that have been taken in the Major League Baseball draft.
“The support from the city, organization, management, and the Copeland Crazies are second to none in the league. I am humbled to be back and to be associated with the Kapankes, Chris Goodell, UWL athletics and their baseball team and the efforts from the Skogens and many other generous people. Last and certainly not least are my assistant coaches who are a wonderful, passionate, dedicated and honest group of men. Surround yourself with good people and good things will happen. I certainly have. Go Loggers!!”
At Iowa Lakes College, Nell is also an instructor and works in the Success Center assisting students with a variety of needs. Nell currently resides in Estherville with his wife Lisa, and his daughters, Gracie and Chloe.