Northwoods League Announces Front Office Change

Gary Hoover stepping down as President and Commissioner and will return to a General Counsel role during the transition.

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League announced today that Gary Hoover is stepping down from the role of President and Commissioner as of today and will serve as the League’s General Counsel on an interim basis as part of the reorganization.

“Gary has played a very valuable role in our continued expansion, both on the field and off, during his tenure as our President/Commissioner,” said Northwoods League Chairman Dick Radatz, Jr.

Hoover has been President since 2015 after previous stints as General Counsel, outside counsel, and a member of the League’s advisory board.

“After five amazing years in a role that was an honor to hold, I have decided the timing is right for me to step down as League President and Commissioner,” said Hoover.  “I sincerely thank Dick and Kathy Radatz for this great opportunity, the NWL Board, the talented NWL staff, and the many Affiliates and their personnel I’ve had the pleasure of working with so closely.  I’ll be around for the transition, just wearing a different hat, and look forward to what the future holds.”


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now entering its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). 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.