Dan was born and raised on a small dairy farm in outside Coon Valley, Wisconsin where he developed a love for the game of baseball. As a young boy, Dan loved to watch and play baseball. Believe it or not, In middle school, Dan and a friend of his skipped their classes to watch the 1960 Yankee vs. Pirates World Series Game 7. Not only did Dan love to play and watch baseball, but he coached youth baseball in the La Crosse Area for 15 years.Knowing that the game of baseball has long been a fixture and a passion to the people of the La Crosse Area, Kapanke and his wife Ruth made a dream a reality when they decided to bring La Crosse Loggers to Copeland Park in 2003.
Being a UW-La Crosse graduate in Economics and Political Science, Dan became very involved in local politics and is well known in the community. Dan was elected to the State Senate in November of 2004 and represented the 32nd District in Wisconsin until 2011. Along with his involvement in the political realm, Dan has been in the Agriculture Business for over 20 years. The love of Dans life, Ruth, has put up with Dan for almost 35 years. Dan and Ruth have a family of 4 children and 12 grandchildren.
Chris Goodell, General Manager
Chris Goodell has served as the general manager of the La Crosse Loggers since their inception in 2003 and is in his twentieth season in the Northwoods League. During Goodell’s tenure La Crosse has ranked in the top five in summer collegiate attendance during each of the team’s sixteen years of existence and is one of only two summer collegiate teams to draw over 100,000 fans for eleven consecutive seasons. Goodell has also had the honor of receiving the prestigious Northwoods League Executive of the Year Award on two separate occasions, in 2004 and 2012.
Prior to La Crosse, Goodell served as the assistant general manager with the Waterloo Bucks for three-plus seasons (1999-2001), during which time span Waterloo made the playoffs for three consecutive years and broke the national record for attendance in a single season for summer collegiate baseball in 2001.
The La Crosse area was not new to Goodell when he took the reigns in the fall of 2002 as his baseball roots stem from his early playing days with his hometown youth traveling team out of Oelwein, Iowa that made annual trips to the Stars of Tomorrow Tournament in La Crosse. An on-field standout in his own right, Goodell was an honorable mention All-state honoree from Oelwein High School in Iowa before going on to compete at the University of Dubuque (Dubuque, Iowa). Upon graduation from the University of Dubuque, Goodell took his degrees in Sports Management and Business Administration and traveled south to Southeast Missouri State University where he served as the graduate assistant in the SEMO sports information department for a year before taking the position with the Waterloo franchise.
Following his tenure in Waterloo Goodell stepped away from the NWL for one year, but not from the sporting scene, when he worked as a sales executive for the ESPN Radio and ABC television affiliate (KCRG -TV 9) in Northeast Iowa. During that same time, Goodell also served as the official statistician for the Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball Club, the Class A affiliate of the Anaheim Angels.
Goodell currently resides in Holmen, Wisc. with his wife Shannon, two sons Carson and Hayden and daughter Adalyn.
Goodell is also a board member of the UW-La Crosse “L Club” and formerly served on the Junior Achievement board, La Crosse Area Sports Commission and Holmen Viking Wrestling Club board and was named the 2009 & 2012 La Crosse Tribune “Sports Person of the Year”.
Ben Kapanke is in the midst of his 14th season with the Loggers and the tenth year as the assistant general manager. Ben, has been with the Loggers full-time since the 2005 season. Ben helps oversee the day-to-day operations and is heavily involved with sponsorship sales, ballpark management, the Loggers concession operations as well as the team’s finances. Ben has been involved with the Northwoods League since 2002 when he served as an umpire after attending the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring. Ben is the youngest son of Dan & Ruth Kapanke and is married to his wife Elizabeth. The couple resides on French Island with their two sons, Evan and Drew, and daughter Paige.
Elizabeth is back and more excited than ever for her 14th season, serving as the Loggers Group Sales Coordinator and Director of Merchandising. Elizabeth spearheads the coordination of the Loggers seven different group outing areas that includes two decks, three private suite areas as well as pre-game picnics and large group seating in the Copeland Park grandstand. The only daugther of owners Dan and Ruth Kapanke, Elizabeth grew up with three brothers and a father who love the game of baseball and soon so did she. Elizabeth enjoys the time she gets to spend with her three sons, Cody, Jacob and Daniel. Always ready to offer “Service with a Smile”, Elizabeth invites the most important people in the ballpark out the Howie’s Homerun Hangout Sports Deck for a big hug any time.
Chris Callaway, Sales Coordinator/Director of Entertainment
Chris has been with the Loggers as the public address announcer since the 2013 season, but is back for his second season as the Sales Coordinator and Director of Entertainment. Chris will help to drive ticket sales, develop corporate partnerships, and work behind-the-scenes in planning and executing many forms of entertainment at Copeland Park.
Chris has lived and worked in La Crosse since graduating from UW-L in 2010, spending six years working on-air at the La Crosse Radio Group. His true passion is sports, which is why you can find him serving as the public address voice for a number of UW-La Crosse Athletics sports, and as well as helping out with coverage of prep sports events at the La Crosse Tribune. He is a devout fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Chris lives with his fiancée, Ashley, on the south side of La Crosse.
Andy McKay, Special Assistant to the GM
After spending five years (2008-2012) in the Loggers dugout as the field manager, Andy McKay remains with the club as the Special Assistant to the General Manager where he will continue to work as a consultant in the areas of recruiting, advisement and sports psychology.
McKay currently serves as the Director of Player Development for the Seattle Mariners where he consults and works with all levels of the Mariners organization including both players and coaches.
As the field manager of the Loggers, “Cap” became the winningest manager in Loggers history and ended his five-year reign with a Championship Trophy in 2012. La Crosse posted a 53-21 record that summer, the second best record in Northwoods League history, en route to capturing the 2012 Northwoods League title. The Loggers won more games than any other team in summer collegiate baseball during the five seasons under McKay’s guidance, posting a record of 210-139 (.602) during that span (2008-20012). La Crosse made two post-season appearances, advancing to the Championship both times (2009 & 2012), and never won less than 38 games in a season. He ended his Logger career sixth all-time in victories and fourth all-time in winning percentage in the NWL and is the Loggers all-time winningest manager. 45 former Loggers were also drafted during McKay’s tenure, including current big league pitcher Chris Sale (White Sox).
Colton Andresen, Media Relations Coordinator
Colton is excited to be starting his first season with the Loggers. He will be assisting in the front office during the offseason and will be a member of the statistics and media relations department throughout the 2018 Loggers season. Colton earned his undergraduate degree in Sport Management and Leadership at Viterbo University in December and is also studying his Master’s in Business Administration at Viterbo, expecting to complete his MBA degree by December of this year.
Colton is originally from Genoa City, WI where he grew up playing baseball and basketball. He continued his career as a pitcher on the Viterbo baseball team, playing four seasons including the 2014 spring where the V-Hawks won the conference title and earned a bid in the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament. Colton is a huge Chicago sports fan, and is thrilled about the success and promising future of the Cubs! He loves talking baseball numbers and is excited to provide you with all the data and information you need this summer season. Roll Logs!
Brandon Oswald, Ticket Sales Coordinator / Creative Director
Brandon is excited to be starting his second season with the Loggers. He will be assisting in the front office during the off-season as the Ticket Sales Coordinator and Creative Director throughout the 2018 Loggers season. Brandon will help in handling all Loggers social media patforms, create graphical content, along with generating new ideas and content throughout the season. Brandon already has obtained an Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Western Tech, and on track to graduate from Viterbo University in December with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
Brandon is originally from Sparta Wisconsin, but lives in La Crosse during his college endeavors. He also spent a year as the Graphic Designer for Burn Boot Camp, in addition to serving as the Marketing Coordinator for Dean’s Satellite & Security for a year before joining the Loggers organization.
Brandon has been a huge Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan every since he was little! In his free time, he loves getting out of the office and enjoying the outdoors. One of his strong passions is getting out in the boat and fishing competitively in tournaments.