Jeremy Aagard enters his second season as the General Manager of the Honkers in 2021, but is a veteran in the summer collegiate baseball world of front office executives. Prior to joining the Honkers, the Wadena, Minn. native led the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League since 2006. Aagard served as the SwampDogs assistant general manager from 2006-2012 before taking the reigns as the general manager in 2013, a position he held until joining the Honkers. The SwampDogs were annually one of the top drawing teams in the Coastal Plain League, averaging over 1,500 fans per game during their peak and Aagard was the driving force behind many of the promotions and significant involvements in the community. Along with being honored as one of the “Top 40 Under the age of 40” in Fayetteville in 2011, Aagard was a consistent participant on community boards and committees such as Special Olympics and Kiwanis and was instrumental in bringing numerous other community events to the ballpark.
While Aagard returns home to Minnesota to lead the Honkers, he is also returning to his roots of the Northwoods League where he received his start in summer collegiate baseball in 2004 as the assistant general manager with the Alexandria (MN) Beetles.
Jeremy and his wife, Andrea, reside in Byron with their two daughters, Alyvia and Jayci.
Jordan Lank joins the Honkers in 2021 as the team’s full-time Director of Media Relations, Broadcaster and ticket sales coordinator after serving as an intern in the same role during the 2020 season. Lank also heads the social media and marketing content creation efforts in Rochester, and facilitates the team’s local media coverage. Prior to joining the Honkers, Jordan worked in several roles in sports media, including social media and media relations with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL and with Honkers General Manager Jeremy Aagard as a broadcasting and media relations intern with the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League.
Hailing from Surprise, Ariz., Lank graduated from the coveted Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in the spring of 2020. He grew up in love with the game and is an avid Arizona Diamondbacks fan. When he’s not at the ballpark, Jordan loves a night out with friends, a night in watching a movie, and cheering on his other favorite teams: the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Coyotes and Philadelphia Eagles. Chinese food is the way to his heart.
Chris Goodell will conduct his 22nd season in the Northwoods League in 2021, having spent time with both the Waterloo Bucks and La Crosse Loggers. Goodell, who currently serves as the team president of the Loggers, Mankato MoonDogs and the Rochester Honkers, served as the general manager of the Loggers from their inaugural season of 2003 through the 2018 season, helping build a stadium and team that is one of the top drawing teams in all of summer collegiate baseball. Goodell was honored as the Northwoods League Executive of the Year on two occasions, in 2004 and in 2012, and was recognized as the La Crosse Tribune’s Sports Person of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Ben Kapanke begins his 17th season in the Northwoods League and his second year as the general manager of the La Crosse Loggers after serving the previous ten years as the assistant general manager. Kapanke, who also holds the title of vice president/CFO of the Loggers, MoonDogs and now the Honkers, oversees the concession operations as well as the team’s finances for all three clubs while leading the Loggers day-to-day operations. Kapanke got his introduction to the Northwoods League in 2002 when he served as an umpire after attending the Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring.
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