By Mike Sticha
When the 2019 DRS League Season starts on Sunday, April 28, three teams will have new managers penciling line-ups and leading their team. Dave Readmond (Lonsdale), Jesse Nystrom (Shakopee Coyotes), and Nick Schoenecker (New Prague) will make their debuts as team managers this season.
Dave Readmond (Lonsdale)
Dave takes over from the legendary Darrell Vosejpka, who may still remain with the team as an Assistant Coach. Dave had been an Assistant Coach with the team since 2017 and coached for several years in the Lonsdale youth programs.
Originally from Bloomington, MN, Dave graduated from Bloomington Kennedy and played college baseball at St. Cloud State, followed by two summers of Independent Baseball. He’s no stranger to amateur baseball, having played with the Bloomington Bulldogs (Class A) from 1991-1994 and the Sauk Rapids Hurricanes (Class C) from 1997-2000. He’s also played Over 35 baseball with the Cold Spring Silver Springers from 2009-2011, and the Lonsdale Jokers from 2015-2018.
When asked what he is most looking forward to as Manager, Dave says, “I’m looking forward to helping get the Lonsdale Aces back to being perennial State Tourney participants and finding room in our concession stand for a State Champion trophy.” He’s also excited about KCHK’s radio coverage, adding, “I’m also looking forward to the interviews with Aaron Worm [KCHK’s play-by-play voice].”
Dave will focus on pitching and fundamentals as a way to ensure success for the Aces, adding, “I don’t have the time or patience to watch pitchers walk hitters. Throw strikes, make plays, put the bat on the ball, and hit the cuts. It all starts with pitchers throwing strikes.”
Lonsdale opens their league season at St. Patrick on Sunday, April 28.
Jesse Nystrom (Shakopee Coyotes)
As former Manager Dick Steinhoff transitions off the field to team General Manager, Jesse Nystrom will ascend to Manager. Jesse played high school baseball at Hopkins High School, culminating in 2000, and had been away from baseball until joining the Coyotes. This will be his first experience coaching the game.
Jesse has been with the Coyotes for four seasons, and will continue to play as he manages the team. He’s hoping to finally enjoy some time without injury after he’s faced a torn UCL and herniated disc in his neck (which required surgery), and has only had two years without injury while being involved with the Coyotes.
Jesse likes the group of guys and is looking forward to a great season. He wants to focus on the team having fun and giving good effort, stating, “We would love to win every game, but most importantly, we learn something new every day and have fun doing it. Effort and ‘want to’ are two other important things that we will have.”
The Shakopee Coyotes open their league season hosting the Prior Lake Mudcats on Sunday, April 28.
Nick Schoenecker (New Prague)
Nick is quite familiar with New Prague baseball, as 2019 will mark his 18th summer playing or coaching with the Orioles. He’ll move from an assistant coach position, taking over the managerial duties from Jerry Plambeck. Plambeck has retired after nine seasons; playing in the State Tournament five times.
Nick played baseball for New Prague High School and in college at the University of Minnesota – Morris. He has plenty of coaching experience, including wrestling, football, and baseball, most recently as a teacher at New Prague High School.
Schoenecker takes over a talented team who has made some noise in recent State Tournaments. He states, “We have had some really good teams over the last several years and will be experiencing some turnover. My goal is to keep bringing in good baseball players that play baseball the right way.” He adds, “The group of veterans we have know how to overcome adversity and win in tough situations, and that is what we want to instill in our young players.”
When asked what characteristics to expect from his team, he knows what he wants, “The only thing I’ve ever wanted out of baseball players is that they play hard and have fun. If you can’t do those two things, you might as well go find something else to do in the summer.”
New Prague opens their league season at Montgomery on Sunday, April 28.