SCOTT DOUGLAS – FIELD MANAGER

douglas-scottOn December 11, 2015, the Waterloo Bucks announced the hiring of Scott Douglas as the team’s new Field Manager.  No stranger to the coaching ranks, Douglas has 25 years of coaching experience including four years as the skipper of the Regina Red Sox of the summer-collegiate Western Major Baseball League.

“We are excited to welcome Scott into the Bucks organization,” said Waterloo General Manager Dan Corbin.  “With experience as a professional player, Head Coach in the collegiate ranks, and Field Manager at both the professional and summer-collegiate levels, Scott was our top choice to lead our squad in our 22nd season of baseball.  Scott is well respected throughout baseball and we are thrilled to have him in our dugout.”

Douglas, a resident of Lakewood, Colorado, spent 2006, 2007, 2014, and 2015 as skipper of Regina where his squads made the playoffs all four years, clinching the Division pennant twice, and advancing to the Final in 2015.  Douglas was voted the WMBL’s Coach of the Year in 2006.  In 2012 and ‘13, Douglas was the Head Coach at Colorado Christian University.  Prior to that, Douglas was the Head Coach at Trinidad State Junior College from 2000-2012.  In 1997 and ’98, Douglas was an Assistant Coach at the University of Northern Iowa.

“I want to thank Dan and the ownership of the Bucks for the opportunity to manage in Waterloo in 2016,” said Douglas.  “I am looking forward to the challenge of winning a title in Waterloo and continuing the proud tradition that the others before me have established.  The chance to return to Iowa for the summer was an easy choice and one that I could not pass up.  We have already begun to assemble a solid staff and roster, one that can compete in one of the premier leagues in the country.”

Beginning his coaching career in 1990, Douglas was a Head Coach/Player in the semi-professional/collegiate Saskatchewan Major Baseball League for three seasons.  From 1992-’96, Douglas was an Assistant Coach at Hardin-Simmons University.  Douglas then moved on to the pro ranks, becoming the Third Base Coach for the Moose Jaw Diamond Dogs in the Prairie League and was promoted to Field Manager mid-season, a post he held until the end of the 1997 season, adding the title of Assistant General Manager along the way.

Douglas takes over for Tony Manville who had been the skipper for Waterloo in 2015 and had been the Bucks’ Pitching Coach the previous two seasons.  Manville recently accepted a full-time position at a baseball academy in Minnesota.

"I had an incredible three summers in Waterloo,” said Manville.  “I am sad to not be coming back, but I know Waterloo will always be a part of me.  I can't thank Dan Corbin and the Cedar Rapids Ball Club ownership group enough for the support and opportunity.  The Bucks are a class organization and I know Coach Douglas will continue the great tradition.  Fear the Deer!"

Douglas played his collegiate baseball at Waldorf Junior College and Hardin-Simmons before playing professional baseball for the Regina Cyclones of the North Central League and for Moose Jaw from 1994-’95.  In 1994, Douglas graduated from Hardin-Simmons with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science Degree, then earned a Master of Education Degree in Sports and Recreation Management from HSU in 2000.  Douglas is currently the Facility Manager at the Gold Crown Foundation in Lakewood, Colorado.  He and his wife Keri have two children, Kade (13) and Seth (10).

Douglas becomes the 11th manager in Waterloo Bucks history, following Bucks Baseball Hall of Fame member Eric Snider (1995-98), NWL All-Decade Team manager Darrell Handelsman (1999-2002), Andy Haines (2003-04), Jason Shockey (2005), Corey Allen (2006), Dan Fitzgerald (2007), Pete Lauritson (2008-09), Jason Nell (2010-11), Travis Kiewiet (2012-14), and Manville (2015).

MANAGER

RECORD

AWARD

YEAR

Eric Snider

161-86

1996 – NWL CHAMPIONSHIP, 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS

1995-98

   

1996 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 
   

1997 – NWL RUNNERS UP, 2ND HALF CHAMPS

 
   

1998 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS

 

Darrell Handelsman

160-108

1999 – 2ND HALF CHAMPS

1999-2002

   

2000 – NWL RUNNERS-UP, 1ST HALF CHAMPS

 
   

2000 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 
   

2001 – 1ST HALF CHAMPS

 
   

2001 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 
   

2002 – NWL CHAMPIONSHIP, 2ND HALF CHAMPS

 

Andy Haines

52-76

 

2003-04

Jason Shockey

22-46

 

2005

Corey Allen

28-40

 

2006

Dan Fitzgerald

29-38

 

2007

Pete Lauritson

57-77

 

2008-09

Jason Nell

65-75

 

2010-11

Travis Kiewiet

130-81

2013 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS

2012-14

   

2013 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 

Tony Manville

31-41

 

2015

 

JUSTIN JACQUES – COACH

jacques-justinJacques joins the Waterloo Bucks for his first season in 2016 as an assistant coach. From 2007-2014, Jacques was the First Base/Outfield Coach at Colorado Christian University.  Jacques was also involved in recruiting and the team’s strength and conditioning program. Jacques has previously helped guide the Arvada Colts (Rocky Mountain Baseball League) to two National Baseball Congress World Series.  In addition, Jacques has been a Licensed Professional Counselor and Masters Addictions Counselor, working in the mental health field for the last 12 years. Jacques has a B.A. in Health Promotion from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver. Jacques also has a Certificate in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University. In the fall, Jacques will pursue his PH.D in Counseling at The George Washington University.

 

COREY THOMPSON – COACH

thompson-coreyThompson joins the Waterloo Bucks for his first season in 2016 as the team’s pitching coach. Thompson just completed his second season as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Point University. In two seasons as a pitcher at Point University, Thompson went 8-9 with a 4.94 ERA in 30 games (23 starts). As a senior in 2014, Thompson went 4-3 with a 5.65 ERA in 16 games (10 starts). In 57.1 innings, Thompson struck out 43. As a junior in 2013, Thompson finished with a record of 4-6 in a team-high 13 starts. Thompson finished second on the Skyhawks with four complete games, 81 innings pitched and 54 strikeouts.

 

 

 

JIMMY TURK – COACH

turk-jimmyTurk joins the Waterloo Bucks for his first season in 2016 as an assistant coach. Turk is an assistant baseball coach at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., and has been a coach at Slammers Baseball and Softball in Colorado for the last six years. Turk has experience as a coach at the Perfect Game World Championships and represented team Colorado at the NTIS USA Baseball Showcase as a coach. Turk won a 6A State Championship as a senior at Owasso High School in Oklahoma. Turk went on to be a two-year starter at Otero Junior College before transferring to Oral Roberts University. Turk concluded his collegiate baseball career at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, finishing with a .396 batting average. Turk has a BSBA in Management from Colorado State-Pueblo.