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Duluth Huskies Welcome New Member to the Coaching Staff

We are proud to announce the addition of pitching coach Ryan McClaran

Zac Filipiak

Duluth, Minn.- Even without baseball, its been a busy couple of weeks for the Duluth Huskies. The player contracts keep coming in and its starting to feel like the team is taking shape. The highlight of this week was the signing of pitching coach Ryan McClaran. McClaran is a skilled former player and coach that has seen both sides of the game. The Huskies are excited to have him aboard for the 2020 season.

Before signing with the Huskies, McClaran spent time with both Murray State University and Missouri Baptist University as a pitching coach. McClaran’s Missouri Baptist Spartan’s pitching staff had a productive 2017 season. They ranked fifth in the country in strikeouts (511 in 61 games), had the countries save leader (Nick Vichio), and made an NAIA World Series appearance. On top of that, four of his pitchers went on to sign professional contracts.

His playing career was just as highly decorated. McClaran graduated from Whitney High School in Whitney, Texas. In 2007, he was a Texas state high school all-state pitcher and ranked 3 rd in the state for strikeouts in division 3A. Ryan earned two USA Development team selections, one in 2005 and another in 2009. Feeling a longing to stay home, he started his college baseball career for Odessa College in Odessa, Texas where he was quickly named a captain. Ryan promptly earned a scholarship from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, Missouri. There, he made an NAIA World Series appearance. In fact, he is the only person to make the playoffs as both a player and coach in Missouri Baptist history.

McClaran has a plethora of baseball experience and knowledge. He has found success both as a player and coach at a high level. The Huskies have no doubt he will fit right into the system the Huskies are building here in Duluth.

Huskies fans, get ready for another exciting season as these talented players take the field. Don’t forget, season tickets for the 2020 season are on sale now! Be sure to put down $50 down now to secure your early bird pricing. Also, stay connected with the Huskies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, along with duluthhuskies.com for any official news of the 2020 season.

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The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 26th anniversary 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, more than 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.duluthhuskies.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Huskies as your favorite team.