Josh Frye helped the La Crosse Loggers win a Northwoods League Title in 2012 as a member of the pitching staff. Beginning in 2023, he’ll try to do the same thing but this time as the skipper. The Loggers officially named Frye as their field manager for the upcoming 2023 season on December 20, making him the first former player to take the reigns as the Lumbermen prepare for their 21st season of play in the Northwoods circuit.
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.
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 has spent three previous summers coaching in the Northwoods League, including a stop with the Rochester Honkers during the summers of 2017-18 along with leading the Loggers pitching staff this past summer. Frye also currently serves as the pitching coach at St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif.
Twitter Handle: @jfrye45
Victor Burgos is in the midst of his first season with the Lumbermen, serving as their hitting coach but he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from the professional ranks. The Grand Prairie, Texas resident spent the 2022 season working as the hitting coach for the St. Lucie Mets (FL), the Class A affiliate of the New York Mets. While there he worked with many of the Mets top prospects and guided an offense the led the Florida State League in home runs, RBI’s and slugging percentage en route to aiding the St. Lucie team to a FSL title. Prior to his time with the Mets, Burgos was the lead instructor at D-Bat Training Academy in Texas during 2020-2021. In 2019, Burgos served as the hitting coach for the Gary South Shore Rail Cats of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. Burgos also played professionally from 2007-2011. He and his wife call Grand Prairie, Texas home with their two children.
Twitter handle: @vburgos1724
Pat Barrett joins the Loggers staff for the first time in 2023 with a wide variety of experience at several collegiate levels. Most recently, he spent the 2021-2022 academic year as both the Pitching Coach/Assistant Recruiting Coordinator Texas A&M University Texarkana, an NAIA program located in Texarkana, Texas and as the Pitching Coach at Harford Community College, an NJCAA Division 1 program located in Bel Air, Maryland.
Prior to both A&M Texarkana and Harford he spent two seasons as the Director of Baseball Operations/Player Development at Longwood University, an NCAA Division 1 school located in Farmville, Virginia where he helped with all aspects of the baseball program both on and off the field. His duties included handling the day to day operations of the baseball program as well as working with the coaching staff to incorporate the latest data and technology player development tools into the program.
Prior to Longwood he served as the Pitching Coach at Franklin Pierce University, an NCAA Division II school located in Rindge, New Hampshire during the fall of 2019 where he worked daily with pitching staff and designed individualized throwing routines.
Prior to that, he spent one season as the Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at West Virginia Wesleyan College an NCAA Division II program located in Buckhannon, West Virginia. He led the recruiting efforts as his recruiting duties included attending off campus and hosting on campus showcase events as well as hosting on campus visits with prospective student athletes. His 2019 recruiting class finished in the top 100 in NCAA Division II according to Perfect Game.
Barrett is no stranger to summer collegiate ball either, as in the summer of 2018, he was the pitching coach for the Riverhead Tomcats of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League located on Long Island, New York where he coached players from several NCAA Division 1 programs and helped led the team to it’s first league championship in the 11- year history of the organization.
He started his coaching career as the Pitching Coach at Albertus Magnus College an NCAA Division III school located in New Haven, Connecticut during the 2018 season.
A native of Wantagh, New York. Barrett played collegiately for one season at Briarcliffe College before finishing his playing career at Virginia Wesleyan College, an NCAA Division III institution located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. During his playing days Barrett saw action in 19 games while making two starts as a left handed pitcher finishing his collegiate career with a total of 23.2 career innings.
Barrett graduated with his Bachelors degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Parks and Recreation from Virginia Wesleyan College in December 2017.
Twitter Handle: @Bat_Parrett