Nice milestone for Darrell Handelsman, coach of the Green Bay Bullfrogs (summer collegiate; Northwoods League): yesterday he recorded his 599th and 600th summer-collegiate coaching victories.
After earning victory 599 in game one on Monday afternoon in Green Bay, the Bullfrogs won the nightcap in Wausau, 12-5, to sweep the Woodchucks and give Handelsman his 600th career win.
“As an organization we could not be more proud to have Skip earn this accomplishment with the Bullfrogs,” Green Bay’s General Manager Liz Kern said. “Especially for Skip to have his kids by his side the past couple of days and for his 600th win, I know this means a lot to him. We are very happy to have Skip coaching our team and look forward to the second half of the season.”
Handelsman started his coaching career right after college in California at Los Angeles Valley Community College. A few years later, he was offered the job of pitching coach in the Northwoods League with the Kenosha Kroakers and his renowned career in the NWL began.
It did not take long for Handelsman to become a head coach in the Northwoods League. In 1996 Handelsman took his first head coaching position in the NWL with the Kroakers for the 1997 season. He would then go on to take over the reins of the Waterloo Bucks for four years, and then coach the Madison Mallards for two more seasons. In 2002 with Waterloo and 2004 with Madison, Handelsman guided his teams to the Northwoods League Championship. Over his first nine years in the NWL, Handelsman would amass 300 career wins, which was, and still is, good for second all-time in Northwoods League history.
After his 2004 season with Madison, Handelsman moved down to North Carolina to coach and be the general manager of the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League for the next nine seasons. His coaching success continued in North Carolina as Handelsman earned 283 wins, including thirteen in the playoffs over nine seasons.
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