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Ryan Kragh will be returning to the Mankato MoonDogs 2017 Coaching Staff for his second year as the Field Manager. Kragh was the MoonDogs pitching coach in 2013 and also in 2015. Kragh also serves as the Assistant Director for Athletics, Women’s Golf Coach, and Head Baseball Coach for Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato and is a familiar name to the greater Mankato area. The MoonDogs are excited to have a coach who is also from the area. “Having a coach who resides in Mankato creates the ability to meet in-person year-round about coaching decisions. By improving this communication between management and the coaching staff, it should be a huge advantage to the organization,” said MoonDog’s former long-time Vice President, Kyle Mrozek.
Matt Wollenzin returns for his second season as an Assistant Coach for the Mankato MoonDogs. He is currently an Assistant Coach for the University of Evansville Purple Aces where he works with catchers, assisted with hitters and coaches first base. Previous to the 2016 season, Wollenzin was a Graduate Assistant at Austin Peay University, where he played through his collegiate career from 2010-2014. At Austin Peay, Wollenzin was a catcher while also seeing time at DH and first base. During his time at Austin Peay, the Governors won three Ohio Valley Conference Championships, attended three NCAA Regionals, as well as two Regional Championships. This will be Wollenzin's third summer with the Mankato Moondogs. In addition to being an Assistant Coach in 2015, he also played for the Moondogs in 2013 where he was selected to the Northwoods League All Star Game.
Wollenzin is a native of Lakewood, CO and graduate of Green Mountain High School. He graduated from Austin Peay University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Healthcare Management and a Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2015.
"I look forward to the opportunity given to me by the Mankato Moondogs, Kyle Mrozek, and Ryan Kragh to return to Mankato for another summer. The city of Mankato has been outstanding in my previous two experiences with the tremendous support and energy they bring to the Frank on a nightly basis. I couldn't be more excited to return to the city of Mankato and coach in a league with such great talent and tradition.
The Mankato MoonDogs will add Nick Weinmeister to their 2016 coaching staff. Weinmeister in currently coaching baseball and golf for Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Before coaching at Northland College, Weinmeister was the Head Baseball Coach for Janesville High School in Janesville, Iowa, where Weinmeister also graduated from. During the three seasons that Weinmeister was Head Coach at Janesville, the Wildcats captured back to back Iowa Star North Conference Championships in 2012 and 2013 and increased the team win percentage each of the three seasons Weinmeister was at the helm. Weinmeister earned his Master's Degree in Physical Education: Coaching of Sport from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2015. Weinmeister earned his bachelor's degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011.