Larry Rose – Umpire Supervisor

Larry Rose has been a consultant to the Northwoods League regarding umpiring since 2008. He is consistently speaking, giving clinics and training the contracted NWL umpires prior to and during the season on the importance of officiating at a high level for the betterment of the players, coaches and umpires and to create an effective working relationship. Every year at the All-Star Game break and throughout the season he continues to give feedback to the umpires as he watches numerous games daily on-line to provide this feedback.

Larry’s expertise in officiating comes from 44 years in baseball and football at the collegiate and professional levels. Larry officiated in the SEC for 8 years before becoming a Side Judge in the NFL for 17 years. He retired from the field in 2015. In his 17 years on the field he had the privilege of officiating 16 playoffs games, including 3 Championship games and Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in 2008. He consistently rated as one of the best officials in the NFL in his 17 year tenure. After retirement from the NFL he has gone back to the SEC where he currently evaluates and trains game officials on a weekly basis. He also sits in the replay booth every Saturday to assist in the replays of the game he is attending.

His son Chandler played and coached in the Northwoods League and is now the Head Baseball coach at The University of Montevallo in Alabama. Larry is a graduate of the University of Florida where he played his college baseball for the Gators. He resides in Fort Myers, FL. He has 2 children, the previously mentioned Chandler Rose, and a Daughter Brooke Rose Whatley, as well as 5 Grandchildren.

Winston Wood – Umpire Supervisor

Winston Wood has been a Northwoods League Umpire Supervisor since 2001. He is responsible for umpire administration and on-field discipline. It is his second stint in the Northwoods League. Winston served as General Manager for the Rochester Honkers for three seasons, beginning with their inaugural season in 1994. After graduating with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Athletic Coaching from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1990, Winston began his career in baseball administration in 1991 as Director of Stadium Operations for the Bakersfield Dodgers of the Class A California League. He then served as an Account Executive for the San Jose Giants (California League) in 1992 and as Assistant General Manager for the Northern League’s Sioux Falls Canaries in 1993.

Winston left the Honkers after the 1996 season to earn his MBA from Santa Clara University. After graduating in 1998, he spent nearly 10 years in Credit Risk and Finance with HSBC. He currently works for Target headquarters in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

John White – Umpire Supervisor

John has been an Umpire Supervisor in the Northwoods League since 2018. He also leads the Umpire Placement Course and its staff, overseeing all aspects of operations. Has umpired NCAA Baseball since 2018, including postseason tournaments. He is a 2017 graduate of the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy. Worked 12 seasons in Minor League Baseball in Baseball Operations, reaching Triple-A in 2011. His hunger for umpire development and education allows him to assist and facilitate umpires with their journey through the Northwoods League.