BISMARCK, N.D. - For the first time in franchise history, the Bismarck Larks have a different head coach.
Sean Repay's job at the University of Toledo does not allow him the time to run a summer league team and Thursday, the Larks announced Will Flynt as their new field boss.
Flynt is a baseball veteran. He pitched professionally in the Boston, Seattle and Baltimore organizations. Flynt is the reigning Northwoods League Coach of the Year with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and he's been teaching baseball in the U.S. and abroad since 2005, in countries like Mexico, Taiwan, Japan and The Netherlands.
"He really fits our culture of having a great time and seeing the importance of the team being involved in the community, but also this guy has a ton of experience. He's going to develop our players and really go out and with his connections, recruit a really talented team," said John Bollinger, Larks general manager.
Bollinger says it's a big plus that he knows and understands the Northwoods League.
"Before you hire a coach, you have to make sure they're not going to be overwhelmed with the responsibilities, the tasks, and everything that goes into running it. So to know he's been in the league and he really enjoyed it, we when we talked actually said he wants to be a head guy, he wants to recruit, he wants to get his team together, so knowing that, plus the experience, plus his personality all of those things played a big role in making sure he was the right fit," said Bollinger.
Bollinger says Larks player Matt Workentin is the guy who first put him in touch with Flynt.