Published On: October 30th, 2009

The winningest manager in the Northwoods League over the past two seasons is returning for his third season, as La Crosse Loggers team officials announced that Andy McKay will be their field manager for the 2010 season.

No team has won more games over the past two seasons in the NWL than the Loggers, who have gone 80-56 (.588) under McKay’s direction. Forty-one of those victories came this past season, breaking the Loggers single season mark for wins that McKay established in 2008 (39). The Loggers also qualified for the playoffs for the second time in franchise history in 2009, recorded their first playoff victory and series win and made their first ever appearance in the NWL Championship series, falling to the Rochester Honkers in three games. With 80 victories, McKay is also the all-time winningest manager in the seven-year history of the Loggers.

The 2008 season, McKay’s first at the helm, was nearly as remarkable. Along with winning 39 games, the ’08 Loggers broke 26 team and/or individual records.

Under McKay, the Loggers have also sported the top prospect in the NWL, according to Baseball America, in each of the past two seasons (Robert Brantly – 2009, Cory Vaughn – 2008).

McKay continues to lead one of the top community college programs in America as he enters his eleventh season at the helm of Sacramento City College. He has amassed over 330 victories during his tenure, including seven conference championships, 14 postseason regionals and five State Final Four qualifiers.

During this nine-year reign Sac City has also won more postseason games than any other program in the state of California and over 140 student-athletes have either transferred to four-year schools or signed professional contracts. Coach McKay was honored as the 1999 Community College Coach of the Year and the Panther Baseball program was tabbed as the 1990’s Team of the Decade by Baseball America.

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