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Bucks Hire New Field Manager

Waterloo, IA – The Waterloo Bucks have announced the hiring of Scott Douglas as the team’s new Field Manager.  No stranger to the coaching ranks, Douglas douglas-scotthas 25 years of coaching experience including four years as the skipper of the Regina Red Sox of the summer-collegiate Western Major Baseball League.

“We are excited to welcome Scott into the Bucks organization,” said Waterloo General Manager Dan Corbin.  “With experience as a professional player, Head Coach in the collegiate ranks, and Field Manager at both the professional and summer-collegiate levels, Scott was our top choice to lead our squad in our 22nd season of baseball.  Scott is well respected throughout baseball and we are thrilled to have him in our dugout.”

Douglas, a resident of Lakewood, Colorado, spent 2006, 2007, 2014, and 2015 as skipper of Regina where his squads made the playoffs all four years, clinching the Division pennant twice, and advancing to the Final in 2015.  Douglas was voted the WMBL’s Coach of the Year in 2006.  In 2012 and ‘13, Douglas was the Head Coach at Colorado Christian University.  Prior to that, Douglas was the Head Coach at Trinidad State Junior College from 2000-2012.  In 1997 and ’98, Douglas was an Assistant Coach at the University of Northern Iowa.

“I want to thank Dan and the ownership of the Bucks for the opportunity to manage in Waterloo in 2016,” said Douglas.  “I am looking forward to the challenge of winning a title in Waterloo and continuing the proud tradition that the others before me have established.  The chance to return to Iowa for the summer was an easy choice and one that I could not pass up.  We have already begun to assemble a solid staff and roster, one that can compete in one of the premier leagues in the country.”

Beginning his coaching career in 1990, Douglas was a Head Coach/Player in the semi-professional/collegiate Saskatchewan Major Baseball League for three seasons.  From 1992-’96, Douglas was an Assistant Coach at Hardin-Simmons University.  Douglas then moved on to the pro ranks, becoming the Third Base Coach for the Moose Jaw Diamond Dogs in the Prairie League and was promoted to Field Manager mid-season, a post he held until the end of the 1997 season, adding the title of Assistant General Manager along the way.

Douglas takes over for Tony Manville who had been the skipper for Waterloo in 2015 and had been the Bucks’ Pitching Coach the previous two seasons.  Manville recently accepted a full-time position at a baseball academy in Minnesota.

"I had an incredible three summers in Waterloo,” said Manville.  “I am sad to not be coming back, but I know Waterloo will always be a part of me.  I can't thank Dan Corbin and the Cedar Rapids Ball Club ownership group enough for the support and opportunity.  The Bucks are a class organization and I know Coach Douglas will continue the great tradition.  Fear the Deer!"

Douglas played his collegiate baseball at Waldorf Junior College and Hardin-Simmons before playing professional baseball for the Regina Cyclones of the North Central League and for Moose Jaw from 1994-’95.  In 1994, Douglas graduated from Hardin-Simmons with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science Degree, then earned a Master of Education Degree in Sports and Recreation Management from HSU in 2000.  Douglas is currently the Facility Manager at the Gold Crown Foundation in Lakewood, Colorado.  He and his wife Keri have two children, Kade (13) and Seth (10).

Douglas becomes the 11th manager in Waterloo Bucks history, following Bucks Baseball Hall of Fame member Eric Snider (1995-98), NWL All-Decade Team manager Darrell Handelsman (1999-2002), Andy Haines (2003-04), Jason Shockey (2005), Corey Allen (2006), Dan Fitzgerald (2007), Pete Lauritson (2008-09), Jason Nell (2010-11), Travis Kiewiet (2012-14), and Manville (2015).

MANAGER

RECORD

AWARD

YEAR

Eric Snider

161-86

1996 – NWL CHAMPIONSHIP, 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS

1995-98

   

1996 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 
   

1997 – NWL RUNNERS UP, 2ND HALF CHAMPS

 
   

1998 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS

 

Darrell Handelsman

160-108

1999 – 2ND HALF CHAMPS

1999-2002

   

2000 – NWL RUNNERS-UP, 1ST HALF CHAMPS

 
   

2000 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 
   

2001 – 1ST HALF CHAMPS

 
   

2001 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 
   

2002 – NWL CHAMPIONSHIP, 2ND HALF CHAMPS

 

Andy Haines

52-76

 

2003-04

Jason Shockey

22-46

 

2005

Corey Allen

28-40

 

2006

Dan Fitzgerald

29-38

 

2007

Pete Lauritson

57-77

 

2008-09

Jason Nell

65-75

 

2010-11

Travis Kiewiet

130-81

2013 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS

2012-14

   

2013 – NWL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

 

Tony Manville

31-41

 

2015

The Bucks play at Riverfront Stadium where the team will welcome a new state of the art video board in 2016 thanks to a matching grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association.  Team ownership has invested more than $170,000 in improvements since the end of the 2014 season including painted bleachers, public Wi-Fi, sound system, group outing areas, and concessions equipment.  Season tickets are currently on sale by calling the Bucks’ Ticket Line at 319/232-5633.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch during the off-season with the Bucks by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com or utilizing the Waterloo Bucks app.

 

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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 140 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.