BISMARCK, ND – Along with changing seasons comes changing rosters. No stranger to this, the Bismarck Larks have welcomed a new assistant coach to their roster for the upcoming season.

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.

“Bringing Coach Engle onto the staff was a very easy choice. His experience pitching at the D-1 level as well as pitching in the Northwoods League (Battle Creek) will hit close to home for the players on the Larks roster. He is a very hungry and up-and-coming coach who shares the same passion as I do to bring playoff baseball to Bismarck and help bring in, develop and have a positive impact on MLB prospects careers,” says Repay.

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.

The Bismarck Larks ended their memorable inaugural season selling out 27 of the 36 home games this past August. The upcoming season is set to commence May 2018.


The Bismarck Larks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 24-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 180 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (LAD) and Lucas Duda (TBR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

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