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Hollod to return to Stingers for 2013

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Stingers announced Monday that Matt Hollod will return as manager for the 2013 season, his fourth with the Stingers.

Hollod, who led the Stingers to the Northwoods League North Division playoffs this season after winning the North in the second half, has compiled a career record of 119-90.

The Stingers were eliminated by the Mankato MoonDogs in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.

Hollod said he keeps coming back to Willmar because of the non-stop baseball.

"I'm just a baseball rat and I love the idea that we play every single day," Hollod said. "There's a couple times during the season where I wish we had a couple extra days off (but) it's my job and I just love going to the ballpark every day."

He also said he enjoys building a new Stingers team every season.

"The recruiting process that we go through every offseason and show up in the summer and see what we've got; I love to do that work," he said."

Hollod will also be taking charge of a Division I program at Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) for the 2012-2013 season, his first as a head coach. He was previously an assistant coach at DeSales University for three years and has also coached at Southern Utah, Portland and Willamette.

Hollod said managing the Stingers helped prepare him to be in charge of players, but the day-to-day duties are different as a collegiate head coach.

"In Willmar it's all baseball," he said. "At a university you deal with things outside of baseball, whether it's people across campus or fundraising. There are a lot of other things that go into coaching at that level."

To allow for him to continue managing the Stingers, Hollod said he will hire an assistant to stay in Pennsylvania during the summer.

Stingers' co-owner Ryan Voz said the stability Hollod brings is important to the success of the team.

"We believe each year he comes back, it helps get a couple extra wins," Voz said.

Notes: Hollod played college ball for Portland and Washington, earning letters all four years ... He played two seasons in the Northwoods League for the Grand Forks (N.D.) Channel Cats ... A rule change in the Northwoods League now allows teams to have 30 active players at any given time; The previous rule allowed 30-man rosters but only 26 active players

Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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