Dylan Ashcraft, Duluth Huskies Team Writer
Coach Will Peterson Lands Job with St. Louis Cardinals
Duluth, Minn.- The Huskies are losing a four-year staple to the coaching staff under Head Coach Marcus Pointer, and the team couldn’t be more thrilled for his opportunity. 2022 Huskies’ Pitching Coach and Two Harbors native Will Peterson is leaping into a coaching role with the AAA Memphis Redbirds, a minor league team with MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals. Will, who also was most recently the Interim Head Coach for the St. Scholastica Saints, will be an assistant pitching coach and spend games in the bullpen for Memphis.
Peterson reflects very fondly on his time with the Huskies and how his experience with the team was a major steppingstone in his career. “Working for the Huskies, in my opinion, really helped forward my career,” he said. “Marcus Pointer did a great job of creating a professional setting and holding everyone to that standard while also letting people learn and grow on their own.” Will wore multiple hats during his four-year stint with Duluth, aiding with recruiting, coaching the pitchers, coaching the bullpen, and analytics. “I got a lot of experience in a short amount of time,” he added.
While moving up in baseball has always been the goal for the Two Harbors native, he says he’s going to miss summers at The Wade and the great Northwoods League players he’s had the opportunity to coach and follow once they leave the Huskies. “I’ll really miss summers at The Wade with the fans,” he said. “I’ve probably been watching, coaching, or playing baseball there since I was 6-years-old. It’ll be new to not be in Duluth for summer baseball.”
Coach Peterson’s encouragement to others seeking to get into coaching is to keep knocking on doors to find opportunities…you never know what they can turn into. “I appreciate everyone who has supported me during my time with the Huskies. It was a great run to finish the 2022 season, and hopefully they have just as good of a start to 2023!”
Congratulations, Coach! You’ll always be a part of the Huskies family. We cannot wait to watch you shine!
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The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed 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 250 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 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 Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.