Northwoods League veteran Jason Nell is in his first season as the skipper of the La Crosse Loggers but is certainly no stranger to the league. Nell currently ranks eighth on the all-time managerial wins list having spent six previous seasons in the NWL, five of which were as a field manager.
His first league experience came back in 2005 as an assistant coach for the Mankato Moondogs and, a season later, Nell moved into the head spot. 2008 was a banner year for Nell and the Mankato franchise as he led them to their first ever playoff appearance and a 41-win season. Nell was named as the NWL Field Manager of the Year for his efforts in that 2008 season and was recognized in 2011 as the All-Decade Manager of the Mankato Moondogs.
After a one-year hiatus from the NWL, Nell re-entered the prey in 2010. This time as the field manager of the Waterloo Bucks, where he would spend two seasons as their skipper. While in the NWL Coach Nell coached 49 players that have gone on to play professional baseball and has totaled 173 career victories between his two previous stints in Mankato and Waterloo.
Nell is currently in his twelfth season as the head coach at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa where he has enjoyed much success. Nell has produced 287 wins, 5 All-Americans, 10 Academic All-Americans and 31 All-Region selections. As well as these honors, the Lakers program has sent 58 players to continue their baseball careers at different NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA programs.
At Iowa Lakes, Nell is also an instructor and works in the Success Center assisting students with a variety of needs. Nell currently resides in Estherville with his wife Lisa, and his daughters Gracie and Chloe.
NORTHWOODS LEAGUE MANAGERIAL HISTORY
TOP 10: REGULAR SEASON WINS
Manager Years Wins Losses Win % # Yrs
1. Darrell Handelsman 1997-2004 300 205 .594 8
2. Dale Varsho 2005-2012 278 271 .506 8
3. Tom Fleenor 1998-01, 03-04, 09 255 192 .570 7
4. CJ Thielke 2005-2010 230 178 .564 6
5. Dave Parra 2001-2006 211 175 .547 6
6. Andy McKay 2008-2012 206 139 .597 5
7. Greg Labbe 2005-07, 11-12 190 122 .609 5
8. Jason Nell 2006-2008, 10-11 173 169 .506 5
9. Eric Snider 1995-1998 158 87 .645 4
10. Jordan Bischell 2009-2012 131 112 .539 4