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Coaching Staff

 

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.


Sean Repay enters his 3rd season as the Field Manager for the Bismarck Larks in 2019. Repay is currently the pitching coach/co-recruiting coordinator at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN. He helped coach the Grenadiers to a 37-20 record on the season which saw the program win the River States Conference Regular Season Championship with a 21-6 conference record and finish ranked #24 in the country in the NAIA. The Grenadiers finished their season losing in a regional where the team was 3 wins from going to the World Series. Repay’s pitching staff boasted a 4.10 team ERA that saw his pitchers throw 454 innings and only walk 185 batters while striking out 356 batters along the way. Opponents hit an eye-popping low .245 off the Grenadiers pitching staff. Repay coached 7 all-conference players during the 2019 campaign, including 3 of his pitchers who were named RSC First Team All-Conference.
Prior to the 2019 season, Repay spent 4 seasons as the Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Lakeland University, a Division 3 school in Plymouth, WI. Other stops in his coaching career include a season at University of Antelope Valley (NAIA) in CA and a season at Dominican College (D2) in NY. Repay spent 3 summers coaching at the professional level. In 2014, he was named the Field Manager for the Bisbee Blue of the Pecos League where he led the team to a 33-30 record, one of the best seasons for an expansion franchise in league history. Nine of his players from that roster ended up moving to higher-level leagues, including pitcher Michael Heller who was signed by the San Francisco Giants. In 2015, he took a job as the Bullpen Coach for the Gary Southshore Railcats of the American Association. Repay oversaw a bullpen that finished statistically as one of the top bullpens in the AA in ERA and strikeout/walk ratio. The Railcats also saw many pitcher contracts purchased by MLB organizations with the likes of Alex Gunn (Diamondbacks), Spencer Mahoney (Yankees) and Matt Solter (Giants). Most recently, Repay served as Pitching Coach for the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League. The Freedom pitching staff was one of the top in the league in strikeouts and included player Matt Pobereyko, who was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Repay has coached over 80 players during his career that have moved on to professional baseball, including Matt Festa, who made his MLB debut in 2018 with the Seattle Mariners and currently on their roster for the 2019 season.
The Larks have had a steady increase in success under Coach Repay, as the team saw a record of 31-40 in year 1 jump to a record of 37-34 which saw the Larks win the First Half North Division Championship in 2018 with a Northwoods League-best first half record of 25-11. The Larks led the NWL in batting average and finished in the top 10 in ERA for most of t

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he 2018 campaign. By winning the first half, Repay had the opportunity to manage the North Division All-Star team in the NWL All Star Game. Bismarck had 5 All Stars (Reyes, Warkentin, Farnell, Rodriguez and Montes) in that game and saw 4 of those all stars get invited to the Major League Dreams Showcase. During Repay’s time with the Larks, the team has had 2 draft picks who both played in year 1 with the team. Cooper Coldiron was drafted by the Chicago Cubs, but he elected to return to school for his senior season. Ryan Anderson was drafted by the Texas Rangers, where he hit .250 with 3 home runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples and 17 runs batted in during his rookie campaign with the AZL Rangers. There is no doubt that there will be many Larks drafted from year 2’s roster.
Repay resides in Corydon, IN with his wife (Hope) and 3 children (Nadia, Maddux and Raeleigh). He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Loras College in 2008, where he played his collegiate baseball.

Brett Lindsey is a current Graduate of Alabama A&M University where he earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA). This past season, Lindsey was Director of Player Development at the University of South Alabama. His responsibilities included working with hitters and infielders and coaching first base.

This will be the second year Lindsey has coached for the Larks. Summer of 2018, he was an Assistant Coach and Hitting Coach for the Larks. Four hitters (Mike Farnell, Ripken Reyes, Matt Warkentin, and Christian Montez) made the 2018 Northwoods League All-Star Game in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Lindsey will hope to have more of an impact on the Larks offense this summer as he will remain the Hitting Coach and will also coach third base.

Lindsey went to Eagan High school in Eagan Minnesota. Throughout high school he was being recruited by colleges nationwide when he got into a life altering car accident at the end of his junior year. That accident caused Lindsey to have bleeding in his brain, a shattered femur, fractures in his pelvis, and left him in a coma. He was told by doctors he may not ever walk again, and potentially never play baseball again. After extensive physical therapy Brett returned and played his senior year of high school baseball.

From there, he was recruited to a Junior College (Dakota County Technical College) where he worked on regaining his skills that he had lost from the crash. Both years, Brett helped lead Dakota County Technical College to Regional Championships, and was one game away from going to the JUCO World Series. He graduated DCTC as an Academic All-American and went on to Midland University in Nebraska to finish his college career. He spent two years at Midland University, and in both years they were conference champions, advancing to the regional tournament. Lindsey graduated with a double major in Marketing and Criminal Justice.


Malcolm Purdy is beginning his first season with the Larks as the team’s Pitching Coach. Purdy is currently serving as a Graduate Assistant with UNLV and spent last season in the same role at University of San Diego. He is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Business and will graduate this September. Prior to his time at UNLV and USD Purdy spent two years as the Pitching Coach and JV Head Coach at his alma mater, Paradise Valley High School, in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Purdy started his collegiate career at Chandler-Gilbert Community College where he pitched as both a starter and reliever. After his Sophomore season he was recruited to pitch at Grand Canyon University where he graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. While at GCU, he was a member of the 2013 team that advanced to the Division II College World Series, and the Lopes’ first Division I season in 2014. Purdy primarily pitched as a reliever but did earn a start in an elimination game against Sonoma State in the West Regionals in 2013.

 


 

Martin, who  is originally from Milton Wisconsin  is a graduate assistant at NAIA Keiser University in West Palm Beach Florida. Martin was the first base coach for the Seahawks and helped them to a 32-21 record with 4 all conference players. Prior to Keiser, Martin served as a private scout for the Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network, helping identify 14 prospects that were selected during the 2018 draft. In the summer of 2016, he worked in the Milwaukee Brewers organization as a coach of the academy team. In addition, Martin spent six years working for the Racine baseball co-op, developing high school hitters. Martin played in the outfield at NCAA Division III, Lakeland University, appearing in over 40 career games. He twice batted .300 or better and was named a team captain. In addition, he garnered NACC All-Conference Academic honors twice.
Martin graduated from Lakeland University with degrees in both Criminal Justice and Psychology. He is currently working on his Masters in Criminal Justice at Keiser