Field Manager – Darrell Handelsman

On November 15, the Waterloo Bucks announced the hiring of Darrell Handelsman the team’s field manager for the 2023 season.  Handelsman previously managed Waterloo from 1999 to 2002, accumulating a 160-108 record, making the Northwoods League Playoffs each season, becoming the second winningest manager in Bucks history, and winning the 2002 NWL Championship.

“This is a great opportunity to return to a place that’s always been special to me,” said Handelsman.  “Waterloo has some of the best and most knowledgeable fans in the entire league.  I’m looking forward to getting back in the NWL and competing against the best of the best.  I want to thank general manager Dan Corbin and team ownership for the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get started.”

A veteran manager in summer-collegiate baseball, Handelsman holds 755 career wins with six different teams in a career spanning 20-plus seasons.  Prior stops include the Kenosha Kroakers (NWL, 1997-98), Waterloo Bucks (NWL, 1999-2002), Madison Mallards (NWL, 2003-04), Fayetteville SwampDogs (Coastal Plain League, 2005-12), Green Bay Bullfrogs (NWL, 2013-16), and Alton River Dragons (Prospect League, 2021-22).  Last season, Handelsman led Alton to the Prospect League Championship Series.

Handelsman currently ranks second in NWL regular season wins with 409 and is the winningest postseason manager in league history with 12 victories.  In addition, Handelsman has won two NWL titles, earning trophies with the Bucks in 2002 and Madison in 2004.

“I’m extremely excited to announce that Darrell’s back!” said Bucks general manager Dan Corbin.  “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Darrell since our paths crossed in 2002 and we have maintained a relationship ever since.  The timing of our organization’s reunion with one of the winningest NWL managers is perfect.  Our fans will love Darrell’s managerial style and his coaching experience speaks for itself.”

Handelsman played collegiately at San Francisco State University.  His coaching career began as an assistant at Los Angeles Valley College, followed by New Mexico Highlands University, Cochise College, San Jose State University, and Centenary College.  Handelsman currently resides in Roseville, Minnesota.

Coach – To Be Announced

Coach – To Be Announced

Coach – To Be Announced

 


WATERLOO BUCKS MANAGERIAL RECORDS
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
Scott Douglas 87-107 2016-18
JD Eaton* 8-14 2018
Casey Harms 62-48 2019 – 1ST HALF CHAMPS 2019-20
2020 – MINNESOTA-IOWA REGION CHAMPIONSHIP
Ryan Gaynor 42-25 2021 – 1ST/2ND HALF CHAMPS 2021
2021 – GREAT PLAINS EAST CHAMPS
Tyler Willis * 16-52 2022
* Interim Manager