Dock Spiders Welcome Zac Charbonneau Back to the Dugout
FOND DU LAC, WI – Zac Charbonneau, the first manager of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, will return as field manager for the club in the 2022 season. Next season will mark Charbonneau’s fifth as field manager and sixth as a member of the organization. He spent 2021 as Fond du Lac’s Director of Player Personnel.
Charbonneau served as field manager of the Dock Spiders for four seasons (2017-20) and compiled a regular season record of 144-117. He led the club to their first Northwoods League Championship in 2018 and won the Northwoods League Wisconsin-Illinois Pod Championship in 2020. A total of twenty former Dock Spiders players have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams.
“Zac has been an integral member of the Dock Spiders family from the very beginning,” said Dock Spiders General Manager Jim Misudek. “His proven track record of success of leading the team on the field and in recruiting top talent will continue to deliver winning baseball for our fans in the Fond du Lac area.”
Charbonneau is currently the head baseball coach at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Prior to becoming the head coach at MATC, he was an assistant coach at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill. The Millikin University (IL) graduate also has experience as an assistant coach in collegiate baseball at his alma mater and with Roosevelt University (IL).
Charbonneau was the manager of the Springfield Sliders of the Prospect League in 2016 and led the team to the best record in the league. That season was capped off with the 2016 Prospect League Manager of the Year award. His other experience in collegiate wood bat leagues includes managing the Des Plaines Patriots of the Metro Collegiate League for three seasons and coaching the Slippery Rock Sliders of the Prospect League.
“I am extremely excited to manage the Dock Spiders again,” said Charbonneau. “This is a first-class organization with first-class people and I am honored to get the chance to be in the Fond du Lac dugout for another summer. Fondy is the best home for summer baseball in the Northwoods League and we are looking forward to making another championship run.”
The 2022 Dock Spiders schedule will be released in the coming weeks.
The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 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.dockspiders.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Dock Spiders as your favorite team.