Ryan Kragh is now in his third season as the Mankato MoonDogs manager. Kragh started as an assistant coach with the MoonDogs in 2013 under Mike Orchard, and was named the manager of the team in 2016. In his first two full seasons, he has garnered a record of 90-54 and made playoff appearances in both seasons.
“I’m excited to come back to what I feel is the best organization in the Northwoods league from top to bottom” Kragh said in a statement. “It’s an honor to coach high end athletes and watch them grow as a player and a person while chasing their ultimate dream of playing professional baseball.”
Kragh compiled a roster in 2016 that can be mentioned among some of the best in the MoonDogs’ history. The club re-wrote the franchise record books in multiple categories both at the plate and on the mound. The MoonDogs’ staff welcomed four all-stars, six Major League Dreams Showcase selections, and Northwoods League MVP Jake Shepski to the team under Kragh’s watch.
Kragh will resume his duties at Bethany Lutheran College for the 2017-2018 school year as the school’s Head Baseball Coach, a position he’s held since 2005. Kragh is also the school’s Assistant Athletic Director.
Matt Wollenzin returns for his third season as an Assistant Coach for the Mankato MoonDogs. He is currently a second-year Assistant Coach for the University of Evansville Purple Aces where he works with catchers, assisted with hitters and coaches first base. Previous to the 2016 season, Wollenzin was a Graduate Assistant at Austin Peay University, where he played through his collegiate career from 2010-2014. At Austin Peay, Wollenzin was a catcher while also seeing time at DH and first base. During his time at Austin Peay, the Governors won three Ohio Valley Conference Championships, attended three NCAA Regionals, as well as two Regional Championships. This will be Wollenzin’s fourth summer with the Mankato Moondogs. In addition to being an Assistant Coach in 2015, he also played for the Moondogs in 2013 where he was selected to the Northwoods League All Star Game.
Wollenzin is a native of Lakewood, CO and graduate of Green Mountain High School. He graduated from Austin Peay University in 2014 with a Bachelors in Healthcare Management and a Masters in Healthcare Administration in 2015.
“I look forward to the opportunity given to me by the Mankato Moondogs and Ryan Kragh to return to Mankato for another summer. The city of Mankato has been outstanding in my previous two experiences with the tremendous support and energy they bring to the Frank on a nightly basis. I couldn’t be more excited to return to the city of Mankato and coach in a league with such great talent and tradition.”
Cass Kreitlow is in the middle of his first season on the MoonDogs coaching staff. Kreitlow pitched for Hamline University from 2008 – 2011 and set the school’s all-time win record for pitchers. The Minnewaska native was named All-MIAC and Midwest All-Region selection in his senior year. Cass has been an assistant coach for Hamline University since the 2015-16 season.
Kreitlow has taught baseball players since 2008, but in 2012 he started teaching full-time as an Instructor and General Manager for Nevers Larkin. He does individual sessions with baseball players of all ages and teaches aspects of baseball including pitching, hitting, and fielding lessons. Outside of baseball, he’s married to his wife Tara, and has two dogs named Annie and Leon.