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Dan Kapanke, Owner      

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 nineteenth season in the Northwoods League.  During Goodell’s tenure La Crosse has ranked second nationally in summer collegiate attendance during each of the fifteen 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”.

Email: info@lacrosseloggers.com


ben headshotBen Kapanke, Assistant General Manager

Ben Kapanke is in the midst of his twelfth season with the Loggers and the eighth 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.

Email: info@lacrosseloggers.com


 

April 14 2009 005Elizabeth Kapanke, Group Sales Coordinator/Director of Merchandising

Elizabeth is back and more excited than ever for her twelfth 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 resides on French Island 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 Dublin Square Sports Deck for a big hug any time.  

Email: elizabeth@lacrosseloggers.com


Chris Callaway, Sales Coordinator/Director of Entertainment

 

Chris has been with the Loggers as the public address announcer since the 2013 season, but is excited to jump into his first year as the new 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 girlfriend, Ashley, on the south side of La Crosse.

 Email: info@lacrosseloggers.com


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).


 

FullSizeRKayla Piltz,  Account Executive

Kayla is back for her second season with the La Crosse Loggers. This will be her first year as an Account Executive during the spring and on-field promotional intern during the summer. Last year, she worked as the coordinator of visual merchandising in the P&P Products Pro Shop. She is more than excited to be back serving Logger Nation!
Kayla grew up in Eau Claire, WI. She currently attends Winona State University pursuing a Marketing degree. She has been around baseball her whole life. Either playing softball or attending baseball games, she has always loved being around the ballpark! Kayla also enjoys spending time outside boating, camping, traveling and even walking dogs! Kayla is always looking to improve your experience at the ballpark, so don’t be afraid to give her a big hello when you see her around the Lumberyard!
Kayla’s fun fact: Kayla trained her pet rabbit Rob to do different tricks.

 

Richard Miller, Account Executive

IMG951170Richard is starting his second season with the La Crosse Loggers, and this will be his first with the front office staff during the off season. Richard has earned an Associate Degree in Marketing from Western Technical College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Marketing at Viterbo University.
Richard has lived in the La Crosse area for the majority of his life, and is a former graduate of Onalaska High School. He is a lifelong sports fan that has a passion for all sports, and the ability to thrive in a competitive environment. Richard is loyal to all Wisconsin sports teams, but especially the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers.
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Molly Jump, Account Executive

FullSizeRender (9)Molly is back and super excited for her second year with the La Crosse Loggers! After completing her first summer working as a hostess and server in the private suites, she will take on the position as Account Executive this spring and work as the Dugout Club coordinator during the season. 
Molly is a student-athlete at Viterbo University where she competes on the track and field team. She is pursuing a degree in Marketing, with a minor in Sports Leadership. She hopes to one day work in hospitality management or ticket sales at an MLB stadium. Outside of school and work, Molly enjoys boating, playing with her niece, and watching baseball (especially the Chicago Cubs). Molly is looking forward to this season and hopes to make it a memorable experience for you and your family!
Molly’s fun fact: Molly loves ranch dressing on everything – even spaghetti!

 

Theodore Sibilsky, Account Executive

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Teddy is starting his first year with the Loggers, and will be part of the sales department. He is currently studying Sport Management at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. This is Teddy’s first internship in the sports community, and is thrilled it’s with the Loggers!
Teddy grew up in Waukesha, WI. He played baseball all the way up to college, and enjoys taking in a Brewer game when he’s home. He loves to downhill ski in the winter and participate in intramural sports during the school year. He hopes to follow in his family members’ shoes with becoming successful in the sports community, and is always looking to meet new people! He looks forward to growing and becoming more knowledgable about baseball operations through the Loggers organization!

 

Teddy’s Fun Fact: He is the 5th “Theodore William Sibilsky” in his family tree, also known as Theo V.


 

Danielle Ducklow, Director of Media Relations

Danielle DucklowDanielle is starting her first season with the Loggers. She will be part of the statistics and media relations department throughout 2017 spring/summer. She currently studies Sport Management and Leadership at Viterbo University.

Danielle is from Tomah, WI. She has loved everything sports for as long as she can remember. For most of her life, she’s played golf, basketball, and softball. She currently is on the Viterbo Women’s Golf Team. Her favorite sports teams are, of course, the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and Milwaukee Brewers. She looks forward to being the stats guru for the Loggers and can’t wait to spend her summer at the ballpark!

 

Danielle’s Fun Fact: In 5th grade, she was given the nickname “Ducks” and it has stuck ever since.