Our Coaches

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 the Bismarck Larks Head Coach & Field Manager. He’s been with the Larks since 2020. 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.

For player placement questions and requests, please email Coach Flynt at jungo27@aol.com

Mitchell Gallagher is an assistant coach for the Bismarck Larks. In 2020, Mitch was the head coach of the Bismarck Bull Moose. 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. He currently is the assistant baseball coach at Eastern Florida State College.
Gallagher began coaching in 2018 after graduating from Xavier University. In his first season as 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.
He 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. 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.

As a friend of former Bismarck Bull Moose head coach Mitchell Gallagher, Joey Cooper is an assistant coach for the Bismarck Larks. Joey served as an assistant coach for the Bismarck Bull Moose in 2020. In 2021, he served as the third base coach for the Larks. Joey is currently a Graduate Assistant Coach at Delta State University.
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 CSUN.
Cooper played his summers in the West Coast League for the Portland Pickles, spending three seasons with the team. He leads the team’s all-time records in total games, at-bats and stolen bases.

Ronnie Guiles is an assistant coach for the Bismarck Larks and has been apart of the Larks coaching staff since 2020. Ronnie 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.