Chinooks Coaching Staff

 

 
 Travis Akre – Field Manager
Travis Akre will return for his second season as Field Manager for the Lakeshore Chinooks in 2019.  Following in the footsteps of former managers John Vodenlich (2012) and Eddy Morgan (2013-2017), Akre will maintain the helm for the club’s eighth season as a member of the prestigious Northwoods League, widely recognized as the top summer collegiate league.  After posting a 29-42 in Akre’s first season, the team will look to return to the NWL playoffs for a fifth time and compete for the coveted League Championship, first won by the Chinooks in 2014.
Akre has earned his way up the coaching ladder with hard work after a playing career that included stops at Anoka Ramsey Community College in 1999 and Ellsworth Community College in 2000, before finishing his playing career at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.  Born in Decorah, IA, and a graduate of Winona Senior High School in Winona, MN, Akre holds a bachelor’s degree in Education/Exercise Science from Buena Vista University, and currently resides in Iowa Falls, IA

 

John Hasser – Bench Coach

Hasser returns for his third season as the team’s bench coach and will provide valuable NWL experience to Akre’s first staff.   In his seventh year as an assistant coach for Augie Schmidt at Carthage College after playing his senior season with the Red Men in 2011, Hasser has Northwoods League experience as a member of the 2010 Green Bay Bullfrogs. John also has managed youth teams for the Hitters Academy out of Racine. He has worked with many players at Hitters that have gone on to play Division 1 college baseball. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Hasser attended Wisconsin-Parkside for three years before transferring to Carthage, where he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s in public relations.

Jake Ratz – Hitting Coach

Ratz rejoins the Chinooks’ for the second time after serving as hitting coach in 2017. After receiving Second Team All-Conference honors during his sophomore year as a first baseman, Ratz went on to play at South Dakota State University. During his time at South Dakota State, he was part of a team that won the Summit League Conference tournament and went on to play in the Eugene, OR regionals in the NCAA Tournament. Also, during his junior year he was listed as the pre-season Newcomer of the Year in the Summit League by Baseball America. A graduate of South Dakota State in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Sport and Recreation Management, Ratz served as manager of the Joplin Outlaws in the MINK Collegiate League. In Joplin, he led the Outlaws to a 26-20 record, second best in their division and best in organizational history. Ratz coached 10 players that competed at the Division 1 level in Joplin.

Drake Robison – Pitching Coach

Robison enters his first season with the Lakeshore after coaching with Iowa Western, where his duties included assisting with the pitchers, recruiting, JV program and weight training.  A native of Machesney Park, Illinois, Drake graduated from Harlem High School in 2012 where he played basketball and was an All-Conference pitcher and third baseman.  Upon graduation Drake attended Iowa Western Community College helping to win the National Championship for the Reivers in 2014.  After IWCC Drake pitched for Ole Miss in the SEC in 2015, before transferring to University of Iowa where he was the winning pitcher in the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship game for the Hawkeyes in 2017.