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”.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Kayla Piltz, Account Executive
Richard Miller, Account Executive
Molly Jump, Account Executive
Theodore Sibilsky, Account Executive
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 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.