Rob Sidwell is entering his first season as field manager of the Loggers, but second with the club after having served as an assistant coach during the 2019 season.
Coach Sidwell brings a wealth of baseball experience with him to La Crosse featuring a resume that is unparalleled as he served as the Florida Scouting Supervisor for four major-league teams spanning a period of 18 years. Sidwell was the Florida Scouting Supervisor for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2010-2014. Prior to that, Sidwell served in the same capacity for the San Diego Padres (2007-2010), New York Mets (2005-2007) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1996-2005). Sidwell has signed numerous players that went on to play in the major leagues, most notably, Andrew McCutchen, the 2013 NL Most Valuable Player. That list also includes the likes of fellow big leaguers Miles Mikolas, Todd Redmond, Cole Figueroa and Keyvius Sampson.
In addition to Sidwell’s extensive professional scouting background, he has also coached collegiately at Central Florida from 1992-1996, Florida International from 1990-1992, and Flagler (1987). Sidwell has also coached in the summer collegiate baseball world including stops in the Cape Cod League, Valley League, with the Loggers as an assistant coach in 2019 and most recently in the Florida Collegiate League (2021).
“Rob brings another level of knowledge, expertise and connections to our club,” noted Loggers team president Chris Goodell. “On top of that, he’s a high integrity individual who loves investing in the development of our players, making him a perfect fit.”
Sidwell, a Windermere, Fla. resident, will be only the eighth manager in the 19-year history of the Loggers.
Former Logger, Northwoods League All-Star and professional hurler Josh Frye officially returned to his “summer home” on November 10, 2021 when the team announced that Frye would lead their staff as the team’s new pitching coach for the 2022 season.
Frye, who played his collegiate baseball at Long Beach State, was a late summer addition to the Loggers in 2012 and helped them to their only NWL Championship that summer. He came back to La Crosse with a vengeance in the summer of 2013, going 6-3 with a 3.31 ERA. Frye made 12 starts over the summer, pitching a team-high 76.0 innings, while striking out a league-high 79. Frye was named a 2013 Northwoods League mid- and post-season All-Star, and the 2013 La Crosse Loggers Cy Young Award Winner.
“To see this come full circle for Josh and us has so many positives lined up as we prepare for our 20th anniversary season, we couldn’t be more excited,” exclaimed Loggers team president Chris Goodell. “Josh has excelled at some of the highest levels of baseball including within in our own league both as a player and as a coach, his experiences will be a very valuable resource to our incoming pitchers.”
At Long Beach State, Frye was named a 2014 First Team Big West Pitcher and a 2014 second team All-American after going 8-1 with a 1.94 ERA. In addition to his time with the Loggers, Frye also played summer ball for the Long Beach Legends of the California Collegiate League, where he was their 2012 Pitcher of the Year and was inducted into the Long Beach Legends Hall of Fame in 2015.
Frye played professionally after college, spending two years in the Los Angeles Angels organization, a year in the Frontier League, and finishing his final two years in the Western Australia League. He began his coaching career in 2016 as the Assistant Pitching Coach at Long Beach State in 2016, before becoming the pitching coach at Cypress College. The Long Beach, Calif. native also spent two summers coaching in the Northwoods League with the Rochester Honkers during the summers of 2017-18 before moving on to his current position as the pitching coach at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif.
“10 years ago, I played my first game as a Logger. I am so excited to now return to La Crosse as a coach,” exclaimed Frye. “It’s truly such a welcoming and motivating organization, I have always felt so at home with this team. I hope to serve as a mentor for these athletes, with a goal to bring a championship back to Logger Nation.”
Twitter Handle: @jfrye45
Corbin Day is entering his first season as the hitting coach of the Loggers while also in the midst of his third year as the catching and assistant hitting coach for the Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Eagles. Day was an instrumental part of the Eagles staff when they finished fifth at the NJCAA World Series in 2021 working with ICCAC Division II Player of the Year Alex Pendergast (Dallas Baptist commit) as well as first team All-Region honorees Joel Vaske (former Logger, now SE Missouri State) and Josh Fitzgerald (now Dallas Baptist).
Prior to joining Coach Todd Rima’s staff at Kirkwood, Day competed for Mount Mercy for two seasons after spending his first two years of playing college baseball at Kirkwood. While at Mount Mercy, Dan earned a spot on the conference Gold Glove team and was a Daktronics/NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Day, a native of Ely, Iowa, will work with the Loggers hitters and catchers throughout the summer in addition to crafting scouting reports while utilizing the team’s Synergy and Trackman systems.
Twitter Handle: @CorbinDay1