At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Matt Wollenzin was named Field Manager for the Mankato MoonDogs, having served as assistant coach for the past three seasons. Wollenzin is currently an assistant coach for former MoonDogs manager Ryan Kragh at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato. Wollenzin started his coaching career for the University of Evansville Purple Aces in 2016, where he worked with catchers, assisted with hitters and coached first base. Prior to the 2016 season, Wollenzin was a Graduate Assistant at Austin Peay University, where he played throughout 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 fifth summer with the 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.
“I am extremely grateful to be given this opportunity,” said Wollenzin. “The timing could not be more exciting with the current momentum of this organization, all thanks to our new ownership, front office, and past players. I want to especially thank Ryan Kragh, Mike Orchard, and Kyle Mrozek for their leadership and laying the foundation for such a successful organization. The support of the Mankato community has been amazing to be a part of and I know that will only continue to grow this upcoming year and in the future.”
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.