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.
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