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Published On: September 21st, 2022


Battle Creek, MI– The Battle Creek Battle Jacks would like to welcome back Chris Clark, a native of Grand Rapids, as the Field Manager and Head Coach of the 2023 Battle Jacks. Clark returns from last year’s team where he served as the hitting coach during the 2022 season. Currently, Clark is an assistant at Davenport University where his main responsibilities include working with the team’s catchers as well as their hitters. The Davenport University Panthers repeated as 2022 GLIAC Regular Season Champions as well as 2022 GLIAC Tournament Champions and made the schools second straight NCAA regional finals appearance during Clark’s first year with the program. 

Clark is very familiar with the Battle Creek Area as he is an alumnus of Kellogg Community College where he played in 2016-2017. During Clark’s time with the Bruins, the team went on to make two straight NJCAA Regional appearance’s including one regional finals appearance in 2016. They also won the 2017 MCCAA Conference Regular Season Championship and 2017 MCCAA State Championship. After his time at Kellogg, Clark continued his career at NCAA Division II Northwood University. While at Northwood, Clark and the Timberwolves went on to win the schools second straight GLIAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship in 2018 while also making consecutive NCAA Regional appearances in 2018 and 2019. 

“I’m extremely excited to get back to Battle Creek and continue on with what the staff started last season. The guys from last year were awesome and getting to coach under Caleb was incredible. I’m extremely fortunate to follow behind him and continue building on the culture we created last season. I’m very familiar with what baseball means to this community too. I grew up playing in Bailey Park as a kid and then came here as a college student. Battle Creek has molded me into who I am today, and I look forward paying my debt back to the city by bringing us a summer filled with fun and winning baseball.”

Battle Jacks General Manager Denny Smith said, “Chris has impressed us from day one. He came in right away with a plan for recruiting and he’s going to be a great asset for our players in helping them get to the next level. I have no doubt that Chris is going to help us excel on the field and he will play a huge part of helping us bring a championship team back to Battle Creek.”

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The Battle Creek Battle Jacks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set Battle Creek as your favorite team