Front Office Staff
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 Summer Collegiate 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/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.
Along with returning home to Minnesota to lead the Honkers, Aagard 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.
Brandon Oswald approaches his fifth season in the Northwoods League in 2021, including his third as the creative and social media director of the Honkers. Oswald, a Sparta, Wisc. native and recent graduate from Viterbo University (La Crosse, Wisc.), began his NWL career in the summer of 2017 with the La Crosse Loggers helping spearhead the in-game entertainment. He has since taken the reigns as the marketing and social media director for not only the Honkers, but serves in the same role for the Loggers and Mankato MoonDogs where he also creates all graphical content for the video boards located in their respective markets.
Chris Goodell (Team President) 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 (Vice President, CFO) 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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