Field Manager Donnie Scott will return for his fifth season in 2017. Scott, who led the Mallards to the playoffs in 2016, has a career record of 160-120 in Madison.
Scott has a very impressive resume with an overall record of 213-146 in the Northwoods League, winning two Summer Collegiate World Series Championships, his most recent in 2013 with the Mallards. He won his first championship in 2011 with the Battle Creek Bombers, where he was also named NWL Manager of the Year. Scott will look to add his third title in 2017.
Scott was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 1979 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the Texas Rangers on September 30, 1983. He spent time in the major leagues as a back up and part time catcher for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds until he ended his MLB career in 1991.
After concluding his MLB playing career, Scott went on to manage the Rookie level Billings Mustangs (Montana) of the Pioneer League. Scott led the Mustangs to four league championships.
He returned to managing the Gulf Coast (Rookie) Reds after spending three seasons as Field Coordinator. He went on to have two tenures with Class A Dayton Dragons (Ohio), where he led the Dragons to the playoffs four out of five seasons.
Scott was named Manager of the Year in the Pioneer League in 1992 and Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball Weekly in 1994. Scott has also managed two Midwest League All-Star games and has a career record of 689-569 (.548) in the minor leagues.
Scott, 55, resides with his wife Debbie in Pinellas Park, Florida and has two children, son David and daughter Dana. In the off-season he works at NextUp Baseball Academy.
Matt LaMothe- Pitching Coach
Matt LaMothe joins the Mallards after his second season as the Pitching Coach for the Central Method-ist Eagles. LaMothe spent two years at Oakland University, near Detroit, before transfering to Georgia State and State University. LaMothe spent the 2010 and 2012 seasons with the Mallards as he posted impressive numbers on the mound. LaMothe compiled 120 innings pitched as a Mallard, as he struck out 125 batters and notched a 3.08 ERA. LaMothe is from Troy, MI.
Zach Bayreuther- Hitting Coach
Zach Bayreuther heads to Madison following his first season as a graduate assistant at Wayne State College where he worked with position players. Prior to joining the Wildcats, he served as a voulunteer assistant coach at Ripon College here in Wisconsin. A native of Janesville, Bayreuther was the starting shortstop during his time as a player at Ripon and played on three Midwest Conference Championship teams. He holds the school record for career walks with 94 while ranking second in career games played with 150.