The league also draws some of the top up and coming coaching talent from across the country who are looking to develop themselves, just like the players, into the future stars of the college and professional coaching ranks.The Northwoods League has become a hot bed for excellent coaching. Many of the league’s coaches were once MLB and Minor League Baseball players and coaches including Twins star Al Newman, Donnie Scott, Duffy Dyer and one is even the current skipper for the New York Mets, Terry Collins.
Will Flynt is entering his second season as the Bismarck Larks head coach and field manager. Will is a former professional baseball player who played with the Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles organizations.
His baseball career lead him all over the United States, Netherlands, Mexico, Taiwan and Japan. He later worked as a coach in the Frontier League. He recently won the NWL’s Coach of the Year award in 2019 in his first year with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, earning a 46–26 overall record.
Will was primarily a pitcher in his professional playing years. He played all over the world from ages 23-35 in 1991-2003. Much of that time was spent in AAA minor leagues and foreign leagues. Over all these different levels of competition, he decided 97 wins and 85 loses over 279 games and 1559 innings. He knew how to fan the batter, totaling 1404 strike outs and a 3.70 ERA. He led four leagues in four different countries in strike outs. He set a strike out record in Taiwan.
Will began his coaching career 2005 as the pitching coach for the Florence Freedom and the next year he was the pitching coach for the Windy City ThunderBolts. After his time at Windy City, Flynt returned home to help amateurs develop their skills in the Cincinnati area at the Cincinnati Baseball and Sports Academy. In 2019, he had a very successful year coaching the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters in the NWL.
Mitchell Gallagher is beginning his second season as a member of the Bismarck Larks organization and his first as an assistant coach for the Larks. In 2017, he played infield for the Larks. He batted .285 in 34 games. He earned 35 hits, 2 home runs, 13 RBI, and 9 stolen bases in a successful season for the Larks.
Mitchell began coaching in 2018 after graduating from Xavier University. In his first season has the infield coach at Palomar, the Comets posted the 4th best fielding percentage in California and finished with a 29-11 overall record. Mitchell is now the Graduate Assistant at Houston Baptist University where he assists with the infield and hitters.
Mitchell spent the first 2 years of college at Pepperdine where they won 2 conference championships and made it to a Super Regional. He transferred to Palomar College where he hit .330 making 2 errors playing 2B, SS and 3B before earning first team all conference honors. After that he finished up at Xavier where he helped them to their 3rd Big East title in 4 years and earned All-Tournament team honors as the Musketeers claimed their championship. Joey Cooper’s friend.
As a friend of former Bismarck Bull Moose head coach Mitchell Gallagher, Joey Cooper will join the Larks as an assistant coach for the 2021 season after serving as an assistant coach for the Bismarck Bull Moose in 2020.
In 2015, the California native started his collegiate career at Palomar College in 2015, posting a .342 batting average with 41 hits, 22 runs, 14 walks, 13 RBI and seven stolen bases. In his best season at Palomar, Cooper hit .434 good for sixth in program history. After transferring to California State University Northridge, he had his best season with the team as a redshirt junior. His 2018 season with the Matadors saw him bat .246 with 35 runs, 47 hits, six doubles, two triples, five home runs, 31 RBI and a .389 on-base percentage. Cooper ranked fifth nationally in hit by pitches with 21. Cooper graduated in 2019 from the CSUN.
Cooper played his summers in the West Coast League for the Portland Pickles, spending three season with the team. He leads the team’s all time records in total games, at-bats and stolen bases. Cooper found his time with the team enjoyable and expressed his excitement in seeing the support from Bismarck.