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 hotbed 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. He led the Larks to a Northwoods League North Dakota Region Title in 2020 with a 33-15 record.
His baseball career led 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 the different levels of competition, he picked up 97 wins and 85 losses over 279 games and 1559 innings. He knew how to fan the batter, totaling 1404 strikeouts and a 3.70 ERA. He led four leagues in four different countries in strikeouts. He set a strike-out record in Taiwan.
Will began his coaching career in 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.
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Ronnie Guiles is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Bismarck Larks. Ronnie coaches third base for the Larks and considers himself a teacher more so than a coach. He hails from San Diego where he lives in Solana Beach, California. A graduate of California State University-Chico and later National University with credentials in social sciences, Guiles attended San Pasqual High School with Larks manager Will Flynt.
Ronnie’s experience in coaching is wide-ranging coaching at both the junior college and high school ranks in both baseball and basketball for 39 seasons. During his time as Associate Head Coach in the basketball program at Palomar College, Guiles helped guide his team to three Pacific Coast Conference championships in 2002, 2003 and 2006. Ronnie later went on to teach US History and Economics at his alma mater, San Pasqual High School in California.
Ronnie has been in education for over thirty years. His expertise is teaching United States history and economics. He has also worked with severely handicapped special education students for short periods of time during his extensive teaching career.