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.
The Bismarck Larks named Sean Repay its Field Manager, who will recruit and coach the team through its inaugural season in 2017. Repay is currently the Associate Head Baseball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Lakeland University, a Division 3 program located in Plymouth, WI. He is in his 3rd season with the Muskies, who have seen a yearly increase in wins and roster size since Repay’s arrival. Prior to Lakeland University, Coach Repay coached two other collegiate programs. In 2013, Repay was the Pitching Coach/Assistant Recruiting Coordinator at Dominican College, a top Division 2 program in New York. He oversaw a pitching staff that led the conference and was one of the top in the nation with a 2.93 team ERA in conference play. In 2014, Repay moved on to the University of Antelope Valley, an NAIA program in Lancaster, California. His pitching staff posted a team 3.93 ERA when 25 of its 50 games were played against nationally ranked opponents.
Repay spent the last 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.
Sean Repay resides in Plymouth, WI with his wife, Hope, and has 2 children (Nadia and Maddux). He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Loras College in 2008, where he played his collegiate baseball.
DJ Engle, current assistant coach at Division III Lakeland University (Wisconsin), will stand alongside current Lakeland University and Bismarck Larks head coach Sean Repay as he and the Larks enter their second season in the Northwoods League.
Coach Engle, originally from Milwaukee, WI, was chosen as a Wisconsin Baseball Coaching Association All-Star in high school. He continued his impressive record playing for colleges like the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Chicago State University. He pitched for the Battle Creek Bombers of the Northwoods League in 2014 and, that same year, was honored Region Pitcher of the Year. Engle’s coaching background extends from 2012 where he headed the West Allis Nathan Hale JV Baseball team to his current assistant coach position at Lakeland University and 15U Zepp coach and instructor at the Prospect Training Academy.
Brett Lindsey is currently a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Alabama A&M University baseball team. His responsibilities include working with hitters, infield coach, first base coach, and maintenance of the field. He is completing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.
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.