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Published On: September 12th, 2023


BATTLE CREEK, MI – The Battle Creek Battle Jacks are excited to announce that Ben Harley has been named as the new Field Manager for the 2024 season. Currently, Harley is the Head Coach at Centralia College in Centralia, WA where he is entering his fifth year with the program. During his time at Centralia, they have moved 38 players on to four-year schools and have increased their win total every season. The 2023 spring season saw the program win its most games since 1985.  Coach Harley is also no stranger to the Northwoods League. He previously served as the Pitching Coach for the Kalamazoo Growlers where he was a part of the championship team in 2022 while also setting a franchise win record in 2023.

“First off, I want to thank Chris Clark for all his contributions to our organization the past two seasons,” said Battle Jacks General Manager, Denny Smith. “The Northwoods League not only develops players, but it also develops coaches. We wish him the best of luck as he starts his new role at Northwood University. With that being said, we could not be more excited to welcome Coach Harley to the Battle Jacks. I’ve known Ben for a few years due to my time in Kalamazoo. He not only has a proven track record of winning, but also a proven record of developing players. He is going to help us tremendously as it pertains to recruiting and growing the baseball side of our organization. Fans can expect a team that is going to compete for a championship for the 2024 season and beyond.”

“I am very excited to join the Battle Creek franchise this next summer,” said Battle Jacks Manager, Ben Harley. “We can’t wait to bring an entertaining style of baseball to MCCU Field and put out a product the fans can be proud of! My family and I can’t wait to be part of the Battle Creek community on and off the field next summer. We look forward to seeing everyone out at the ballpark.” Prior to becoming the Head Coach at Centralia College, Coach Harley spent time as a Youth Academy Coordinator at Driveline Baseball and had stints coaching high school baseball in the state of Oregon. In his off time from baseball, Coach Harley enjoys spending time with his wife Haleigh and his two kids Harper and Clayton.

To get in contact with Coach Harley or inquire about playing for the Battle Jacks, please email


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. 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.