Loggers Introduce Pitching Coach Tom Kinney!

LA CROSSE, WI – The La Crosse Loggers front office announced today that they are happy to welcome in Tom Kinney as their new pitching coach for the upcoming 2016 season.

Kinney, who grew up in Morton, Ill., played at four different colleges including Olney Central College, Illinois Central College, Florida Atlantic University and Bradley University.  After Bradley, he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to win the Rolaids Relief Award of the Arizona Rookie League in 1990.  The following year he was converted to a start in the South Atlantic League before being released later that year. 

Kinney then began a career in law enforcement and is a retired office from Aurora, Ill.  After retirement from the police force Kinney began coaching at Waubonsee Community College for three years and then moved on to Illinois Central College for three years.  Kinney has since returned to Waubanosee where he currently serves as their pitching coach.  Tom has been married to his wife, Kim, for nearly 24 years and they have three sons (Thomas, Kyle and Chase).

Kinney joins field manager Brian Lewis along with assistant coaches Ted Falkner and Jacob Jarreau in the Loggers dugout this summer.  The Loggers will open their 2016 season on the road on May 31, 2016 when they travel to Kenosha to take on the defending NWL Champions.  The 2016 home opener is then set for Thursday, June 2 when the Loggers welcome the St. Cloud Rox to the Lumber Yard for a 7:05 p.m. contest.

The La Crosse Loggers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Preparing for its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit

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